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Broan commented about AMC Loews Norridge 10 on Jul 16, 2012 at 1:18 pm

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.

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Broan commented about Patio Theatre on Jul 16, 2012 at 1:03 pm

Norridge closing should be good for the Patio. Hope they can get the word out.

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Broan commented about AMC Loews Norridge 10 on Jul 16, 2012 at 8:16 am

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.

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Broan commented about AMC Loews Norridge 10 on Jul 15, 2012 at 6:50 am

I took this photoset. http://www.flickr.com/photos/bwchicago/1508088844/

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Broan commented about Calo Theatre on Jul 12, 2012 at 11:19 pm

Here is a nice photo of the Calo as a bowling alley.

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Broan commented about Pickwick Theatre on Jul 10, 2012 at 3:46 pm

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.

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Broan commented about Pickwick Theatre on Jul 10, 2012 at 3:34 pm

Primer coat after paint stripping/sanding

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Broan commented about As seen in The American Architect, December 1929 on Jul 10, 2012 at 1:36 pm

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.

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Broan commented about Pickwick Theatre on Jul 10, 2012 at 1:34 pm

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.

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Broan commented about Madison Theatre on Jul 4, 2012 at 4:09 pm

The NR doesn’t restrict anything. Only if it was a tax credit funded rehabilitation

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Broan commented about Madison Theatre on Jul 4, 2012 at 3:10 pm

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.

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Broan commented about Apollo's 2000 on Jun 26, 2012 at 4:39 pm

Cinema Treasures policy is to list it under the current name if it’s open.

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Broan commented about Chicago Theatre on Jun 26, 2012 at 4:27 pm

nope. closest is the patio.

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Broan commented about Portage Theater on Jun 26, 2012 at 7:01 am

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

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Broan commented about Belpark Theatre on Jun 25, 2012 at 12:34 pm

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.

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Broan commented about Highland Park Theatre on Jun 17, 2012 at 10:20 am

Recent news

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Broan commented about Highland Park Theatre on Jun 17, 2012 at 6:27 am

They’re trying to reopen, so I wouldn’t hold your breath

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Broan commented about Bricktown Square Cinema on Jun 9, 2012 at 9:50 am

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.

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Broan commented about Studio Movie Grill on Jun 1, 2012 at 11:06 am

Reopening June 8 as Studio Movie Grill

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Broan commented about Park Theatre on May 24, 2012 at 8:30 am

Here is the new Boxoffice link

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Broan commented about Esquire Theatre on May 13, 2012 at 9:30 am

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.

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Broan commented about Esquire Theatre on May 13, 2012 at 5:14 am

http://calumet412.tumblr.com/post/22916050294/two-interior-photos-of-the-esquire-theater-on-oak

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Broan commented about Belpark Theatre on May 9, 2012 at 10:18 pm

the stage is still there but some floors have been inserted, most of it is the kitchen. the booth is still up there empty.

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Broan commented about Pickwick Theatre on May 4, 2012 at 7:15 am

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.

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Broan commented about Chicago Theatre on Apr 19, 2012 at 6:38 am

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.