Woods Theatre

54 W. Randolph Street,
Chicago, IL 60601

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Broan on October 21, 2004 at 9:56 pm

Here is a view down Dearborn towards Randolph with the Woods visible (as well as the Daley Center, entrance to the Dearborn Subway, and Marina Towers… phew! That’s a lot of Chicago in one photo!
And this is that same view now.

Will Dunklin
Will Dunklin on August 20, 2004 at 1:48 pm

There is an apocryphal story that Plitt (which operated the competing United Artists theater just across from the Woods) purposefully booked a film into the “U.A” just because the name of the film was “Don’t Go Into The Woods.”

I’d love to know if this is true.

JohnSanchez on February 12, 2004 at 2:30 pm

The Woods was the home for “guy flicks”. Action films and karate films seemed to always be there. It was home to the Chicago premieres of the James Bond films starting with “On Her Majesty’s Secret Service”, “Diamonds are Forever”, “Live and Let Die”, “The Man with the Golden Gun”, “The Spy Who Loved Me” and “Moonraker”. “Diamonds are Forever” set house records that were never broken. Other premieres there included “Cool Hand Luke”, “Willard”, “Carrie”, and “Silver Streak”. As with the other palaces the Woods fell into disrepair in the 80’s as business dropped off. The theater did last until 1989 and was the last of the great Loop palaces to close.

bruceanthony on October 31, 2003 at 11:24 am

I love the marquee of the Woods and the United Artists theatres in Chicago. Would love to see pictures of Randolph St in the late 50’s and early 60’s of the marquees on the street at that time. brucec

GuyCesario on October 30, 2003 at 11:06 am

In the early 1960’s The Woods was owned and operated by Essaness Theaters Corp., and their coporate office was in the building. I was surprised not to see it listed on the Essaness list.

MarianneMatthews on October 3, 2001 at 7:07 am

The Woods theatre was located in the Woods building which was built in 1917. The theatre,located at 50-56 W. Randolph Street, was demolished in 1989. Immediately after demolition the site was used for parking. The Woods was one of many great theatres that were located on Randolph Street…the United Artists, the Garrick, the Oriental, the Palace. Fortunately the Oriental and the Palace have been restored and are Performing Arts Centers.

Menutia on September 10, 2001 at 10:57 am

The Woods Gave way to open land, which has now been claimed by the South end of the New Goodman Theatre Complex.

MarkGulbrandsen on August 24, 2001 at 7:48 am

The Woods is definitely gone. I remember it being demolished when I worked in downtown Chicago back in the early 80’s. Last time I was in Chicago you could still see the outline of the balcony on the wall of the building next door. I guess they left that wall intact as taking it down would have probably endangered that building.