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Yeah, I should have rewritten that before I posted. Here:
The original twin theaters, which sat 1200 and 900 respectively, were ultimately subdivided into screens 5-10. I’m guessing at which screens were involved, but this sounds like the most likely series of expansions and splits to me. A third screen was added to the right side of the building (ultimately called Theater 1) and opened July 25, 1975. A fourth screen was opened June 10, 1977, which was probably the flat-roofed section to the far right of the building, now theater 2. A fifth screen was created by a split in 1983. Screens six and seven seem to have been additions to the rear of theaters 1 and 2. Three more screens were created by splits in 1988, opening on memorial day.
As for the closure, signs on the door of screens 5-10 explained that they were closed due to a water main break, which probably brought about the closure of the remaining screens. Otherwise it seems odd to close a theater a week before the opening of The Dark Knight Rises.
Norridge closing should be good for the Patio. Hope they can get the word out.
Here is an updated link to Box Office Magazine of November 2, 1970. I’m adding photos I took about 5 years ago and a couple from last night.
I took this photoset. http://www.flickr.com/photos/bwchicago/1508088844/
Here is a nice photo of the Calo as a bowling alley.
Added a photo of the detail in primer coat. The detail is much, much more legible now, but again it should be the correct colors. The primer coat illustrates well that this is meant to be a darker color, not white.
Primer coat after paint stripping/sanding
Notice the neon on PICKWICK is different, there are neon frames around the changeable letters which no longer exist, and there is concealed uplighting on the stars and faces which also no longer exists.
I uploaded a few early photographs. You can clearly see at least three shades of gray, and no white whatsoever (comparing to the white of the changeable letters.) So if there’s white, it can’t be the original scheme. It would have been simple to do some sampling and map the colors using these B&W photos, but that opportunity is now gone.
On the exterior, Iannelli did the marquee (just look at the faces) and the art glass window, and likely worked closely with Zook & McCaughey throughout the process. Not sure if he did the starburst fan additions to the marquee.
The NR doesn’t restrict anything. Only if it was a tax credit funded rehabilitation
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4RnlSnXqkFc Here’s that video. I don’t see too much water damage really. It would take some money to reopen but it could be much worse.
Cinema Treasures policy is to list it under the current name if it’s open.
nope. closest is the patio.
I think the terra cotta was removed in the 50s or 60s, maybe when the marquee and doors were replaced by those from the Tivoli, because it’s not in a photo from the 70s
mike, I have many of the opening ads for Chicago theatres saved on my hard drive, if you don’t already have them filed I could send them to you and save some duplication of effort.
They’re trying to reopen, so I wouldn’t hold your breath
They’re right next to each other. I would guess the cinemas were in the gym, looks about right for a six-plex, but they could have extended into the Sport space too.
Reopening June 8 as Studio Movie Grill
Here is the new Boxoffice link
Just copy and paste the address, David. I don’t always have time to mess with the HTML link formatting, but the URL address works and that’s what matters.
the stage is still there but some floors have been inserted, most of it is the kitchen. the booth is still up there empty.
The Pickwick is about 1/3 of the way through replacing the seats in the main auditorium with high-back, vinyl, rocker chairs. It’s… different.
Most, but not all, of this section of stud lighting works. The part around the marquee does not. The upper part does not. It’s rarely turned on.