Patio Theatre

6008 West Irving Park Road,
Chicago, IL 60634

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Trolleyguy on December 4, 2009 at 4:22 pm

No, it doesn’t have a balcony. Instead, it has several rows of seats that are arranged at the back of the auditorium in rising tiers, stadium-style.

These seats were roped-off for years and unavailable to patrons.

jwballer on December 4, 2009 at 3:36 pm

Just one more question. Does this place have a balcony.

gmcalpin on December 4, 2009 at 2:12 pm

The Patio is most certainly not open; that web page is just 8 years old. It closed in 2001, when The Mummy Returns was new to theaters.

jwballer on December 4, 2009 at 2:06 pm

I think the theatre may be open according to this site

gmcalpin on November 19, 2009 at 6:54 am

The Patio Theatre made an appearance (in vector form) in my comic strip Multiplex today:

(The two characters in the strip are making a habit of visiting classic theaters in the Chicago area; one is a photography buff, the other a budding classic movie theater buff. Chicago’s Calo Theatre has previously appeared, and they will be visiting more in the future, as well.)

Photography purists will be more interested in this recent gallery (from July, 2009) of Patio Theatre pics at my Flickr account, however: View link

gompka on October 5, 2009 at 7:48 pm

exterior hasn’t changed since the last pics were posted, as far as I know I haven’t heard anything from the owner about planning to reopen.

jwballer on October 5, 2009 at 7:30 pm

Any recent photos of the exterior, interior or any news

Trolleyguy on October 5, 2009 at 11:49 am

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Trolleyguy on October 5, 2009 at 11:48 am

You had to walk up the ramp from the lobby between the stadium style seating areas at the rear. The bathrooms were in the basement, though.

gompka on October 5, 2009 at 10:29 am

There is an inclined ramp that you have to go up when you enter the auditorium.

vicboda on October 5, 2009 at 10:20 am

I remember something strange about this theater. Maybe I just dreamed it but I think that when you entered the auditorium you had to step down. Or was it up? Maybe somebody will straighten me out.

jwballer on August 22, 2009 at 9:21 pm

classic cinemas are you listening?

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on July 7, 2009 at 6:59 pm

This is a recent photo.

Bruce C.
Bruce C. on June 30, 2009 at 7:51 am

Here’s a picture I took of the Patio on May 24, 2008:

View link

GFeret on June 2, 2009 at 1:19 pm

Re.: PATIO marquee –

trucks keep ramming it, can’t say why this should be a particular problem in more recent times. Someone else can speculate?

jwballer on May 29, 2009 at 3:29 pm

Wow the marquee is really getting beat up

gompka on May 27, 2009 at 12:56 am

My mom worked in the patio theater from about 1991 till 1998 and would often take me to work with her, at one time we lived in the apartment building attached to the Patio. After so many years of being around the Patio and essentially growing up there I share some of Mr. Antonelli’s memories of the Patio and of Alex K. Although I was too young at the time to think of the Patio in the same way I think of it now, I would love to be able to see a movie in it. Going into a new theatre today is boring and bland. Even if the movie was bad you wouldn’t be disappointed because of all of the things you could see while in the theatre. I remember on some days I would try to sneak into the projection booth and would see all of the posters on the wall and the big projectors and tubes of metal rods used to light the projectors. I also remember Mr. Antonelli and that he was very serious about his work at the Patio, when i try to remember way back I remember when “The Wizard of Austin Boulevard” was being filmed at the Patio and it was full of wires and lighting equipment. I think those who have worked in the Patio have an extra special bond with the place, even someone like me who as a little boy helped my parents clean up the empty popcorn buckets and pop cups. I also know that there were others who devoted their time to help keep the Patio running, and to the best of my knowledge they did this for free. The three gentleman would come in on Saturdays and fix-up the place. I don’t remember a whole lot about them, but maybe PatioMike or Mr. Antonelli can help me out here, I remember them as Mr. Richard (DIc), Mr. Jim, and Mr. Jerry.

Dave K

GFeret on May 20, 2009 at 2:02 pm

For PATIO to remain standing profoundly disused for so many years sort of tells me the owner awaits even expects the right terms to be brought them for putting it back in business. Optimism, can’t fault them for that. Otherwise it’d’ve wiped away already, right?

I think of other disused old neighborhood movie palaces that came back to life after years, but unfortunately I can think of some—Montclare is one—the owner seemed to want to but after time ultimately gave up the ghost. With that in mind what’re the realistic odds for the PATIO—there’s poor street parking and it ain’t of any architectural significance.

MPol on March 5, 2009 at 4:15 pm

This, too, looks like a nice theatre inside.

LouB on March 5, 2009 at 1:48 pm

The above website has a nice interior view of the Patio.

MPol on March 4, 2009 at 11:24 am

Good luck to all of you down there. Hope they re-open the Patio Theatre for you.

jwballer on March 3, 2009 at 7:28 pm

they should reopen this place

MPol on February 24, 2009 at 4:37 pm

How cool, MK49er! Thanks for the sweet little story about your mom, you and the Patio Theatre.