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Another blow to Irving Park theaters, the Portage Theater was closed indefinetly by the City of Chicago today over liquor license problems with the new owners. This is bad news for the Portage. Theater was doing very well with the classic film series every week. So many factors are in play to keep these beautiful theaters open and running. It is a real uphill battle. The city really doesn’t give a damn or they would find ways to keep the area from becoming so blight. They are too busy trying to increase the parking meter fees so nobody wants to pay the insane high fees to attend a local movie house. No wonder so many empty storefronts surrounding these movie theaters. What a pity!!
HI SCOTT. Kids have it made today if they wish to see a “condemned” movie. With so many screens under one roof, they can just buy a ticket into a “safe” film and just walk into the film of choice. I have never seen anyone checking. So much of it is on TV & the web, its really a farce. Morals in this counrty have been on the slide down for years. The Alex was never my first choice. Only remember it as the last resort. I had more fun at the Byrd.
The more condemned they were, the more interesting the movie was…..and the ALEX was THE place to see them.
Always amazed me how the church said it was ok to see a monster attacking & eating & killing people, but a no no for Monroe to suggest something a little more tame. Especially what we know today..
A theater without its house organ is like an organ without pipes…….
Can anyone go to church services at the Paradise? I would love to go there on a Sunday morning. I have been to 175th Loews and felt welcomed during a service. I would “close my eyes” and imagine I was there when it was a movie palace.
Mass transit is alive & well both in New York and Chicago. But we need the movie palaces to be open & running for us to get to don’t we?
Couldn’t agree more…The Uptown in Chicago is also one of these masterpieces and should be saved and restored by the city of chicago and for the nation.
So did “Around the World” play the Michael Todd theater or his Cinestage? I thought it played the Michael Todd with the waterfall curtain. Was it the same size of todays IMAX screens?
So very true…..The nuns & priests always told us to stay away from the dangers of the Alex theater. They thought it would endanger our young minds for the worse. Just like our parents when they were told Mae West was the devil and all of her films should be avoided, they flocked to them and thought she was fabulous….
Tinseltoes, your Boxoffice magazine is such a joy to read. Thanks.
If you did and the Alex was still there, I highly recommend a bullet proof suit just to get into the Alex, once in, the best of luck to you getting out. Hard to believe this area of Chicago was once a thriving shopping area and a family friendly section. Crawford & Madison was the place to go for fun & food & shopping.
Anita, What wonderful stories you tell! I hated to finish. I can feel your passion because I was there too. Your stories are excellent and I can hardly wait for more. Many many thanks…….
I wonder why the Paradise did not make it as a music venure. They had such grand plans(like the King’s have). Maybe there is just so much money to go around for entertainment. I wonder if this is the same church that wanted to buy the Portage Theater in Chicago and was turned down. They also have the old Loew’s in Brookyln. I believe it was the Metropolitan.
I couldn’t agree more !!! I am more hopeful for the return of the beautiful Uptown in Chicago, another Rapp & Rapp treasure.
HURRAH HURRAH !!! Thanks Matt
The fact that the RKO Keith’s is still standing today is truely amazing to me. After all the years and all the drama, this grand lady refuses to give up…..
Thanks Life’s Too Short for link. I hope the Portage makes it. Wonderful programing!
Loew’s Kings mighty wurlitizer is sitting in an Oklahoma warehouse. It is waiting for its new/old home..According to its former owner, not one thing has been done to the Kings as of November 2012.
Tinseltoes, you and your boxoffice magazine are the best!!! A light comedy for “ANNE FRANK” WOW!! I can’t see it as a comedy…..First time in Palace was for Liza in a tribute show to her father and the “WILL ROGERS FOLLIES” which was a perfect show for that wonderful vaudville theater…
The Fox must have had a larger stage then the King’s and was used much more often which in turn created $$$$$. Probably if more thought was given, Loew’s would have only built the Paradise in the Bronx since they had the Met and other screens in Brookyln. Maybe ACE looked at the profits of the newly re-opened Paradise and had second thoughts especially after the Barclays debut. But not to mention the Kings in that article about Brooklyn in the dailynews leads me to believe it never did very well profitwise.
Amazing !! Not even the words “Loew’s Kings” mentioned past or present.. I am afraid Scott might be right..
I believe Tinseltoes is right. The oringal people involved were Lowell Thomas, Mike Todd, and the inventor of this process and the money people (could have been Warner’s). When they mentioned the Broadway Theater I thought the Warners on Broadway. It was not. Warners was not on Broadway. Hence the Broadway is where it opened. I wonder why Leow’s was late coming on board? Since they controlled a majority of movie houses in NY.
Was the Capitol Theater called Loew’s Cinerama in the 50’s. I saw a bio of Cinerama recently and they mentioned the Warner theater was where it was first shown and played two years “This is Cinerama”? A theater called LOEW’S CINERAMA was also mentioned in Ny as showing this process.
It will be interesting to see what she says this week during her show at the Barclays concerning her days visiting the Loew’s Kings.