New 400 Theaters

6746 N. Sheridan Road,
Chicago, IL 60626

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CSWalczak on April 18, 2007 at 4:19 pm

The entry for the Guild Theater at 717 West Sheridan in Chicago shows that it was known as the Essex as well as the Pine Grove, Panorama, and Little.

RickB on April 18, 2007 at 3:59 pm

Did the Essex ever have another name? I’m not finding much about it here, or elsewhere.

GrandMogul on April 18, 2007 at 1:39 pm

NEWS ITEM, when the Village was previously called the 400 Theatre:
Chicago Daily News, Thursday, October 7, 1954, p. 53, c. 1:
by Sam Lesner
Four of Chicago’s closed movie houses are reopening!
The Essex theater, Sheridan rd. near Lake Shore dr., closed for two years, reopens Friday with the widely acclaimed French-Italian omnibus film, “The Seven Deadly Sins.”

The Calo Theater, 5406 N. Clark, another victim of the theater-devouring TV giant, will be reopened Oct. 22, with Jack Webb’s “Dragnet,” the first feature length film version of Webb’s TV program which was No. 1 in the Hooper ratings for September. (Isn’t that poetic justice, or something?)

The 400 theater, another North Side film house that has been dark for some time, is being remodeled for a new lease on its former movie life.

The Armitage, 3545-51, also an early TV victim, is being remodeled for an early reopening—-as a film house, of course.

Life's Too Short
Life's Too Short on January 31, 2007 at 10:30 am

This is one theatre that Village seems to have improved. See photos of the theatre the way I remember it in this gallery:

It was a dump in the 80’s & 90’s. They put up that 400 Twin sign and seemed to start twinning the place. Then all work stopped. But they continued to operate in a state of shambles.

Note that these photos may not be reproduced without permission of their owner.

Broan on December 3, 2006 at 8:01 pm

Oh, shoot. I forgot to edit that before linking.

Here are photos of this theater.

Paul Fortini
Paul Fortini on October 16, 2006 at 4:11 pm

Village is now advertising legal movie downloads on its website.

Is it me, or is it just plain wrong for a movie theatre chain to do this?

Paul Fortini
Paul Fortini on August 28, 2006 at 11:34 am


It has been awhile since I was at the Village North. It was okay. The floors were clean, as were the rest rooms. The Village North gets significant walk-in trade from the community.

Once when I was there, circa 1997-1998, there was a petition being circulated protesting the proposed multi-plex. So, perhaps indirectly, Village Theatres won on that one.

Life's Too Short
Life's Too Short on August 22, 2006 at 6:57 pm

See comments on the Norshore Theatre Paul.

Also, I think the building remained a single auditorium until the 90’s. I went there a few times late 80’s / early 90’s. It looked like they started to twin it, then ran out of money and continued to operate while everything was in shambles. There were holes punched for the second projection booth for instance. It made the Plaza Theatre on Devon look like the Uptown!

Paul Fortini
Paul Fortini on February 8, 2006 at 6:01 am

The description above for this theatre should be changed. The Adelphi has been demolished so now the Village North is the only movie theatre left in Rogers Park.

Also, a few years ago, there was a proposal to build a new multi-plex across from the CTA’s Howard Street L Stop (Red Line). Anybody know whatever became of that plan?

dteilers on January 29, 2006 at 4:48 pm

In the late ‘70s I saw the cult film Rock-n-Roll High School starring the Ramones. As a kid growing up on the westside it was my first time in Rogers Park.

RickB on April 2, 2005 at 12:26 pm

“The Four Hundred” is an old term for the highest of high society. That’s probably what the namers were going for.

msd01 on November 28, 2004 at 1:13 am

Anyone know why it was called the 400?

MovieMan26 on March 2, 2004 at 7:57 pm

This cinema was called the 400 up until 1996 when the
village theater purchased it.