Comments from GFeret

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GFeret commented about Alex Theater on May 13, 2013 at 7:30 am

“….monster movies classified B by Catholic Legion of Decency”. actually back then the Legion of Decency typical gave those movies their CONDEMNED classification I do recall

GFeret commented about Tiffin Theatre on Apr 30, 2013 at 2:24 pm

OK. i’m trying to picture it as you say, perhaps they had an employee side door entrance @ kostner. it seems to me both schwinn & zenith plants had direct access to the bloomingdale line freight tracks there. in the mid ‘70s i played in the proverbial garage band (except it was in a basement) at the drummers home on tripp st which’s right there. all a stones throw from the original location of GUY’s pizzeria on armitage, great stuff it was

GFeret commented about Grand Theater on Apr 30, 2013 at 10:08 am

if ever there was a photo of dear old GRAND Theatre in its dying days that black & white one is it. of course i remember the ‘soda shop’ immdiately to its east with the delicious lime rickey drinks, it was run by the family of one of my grammar school classmates, and they sold buttered popcorn that was so over-drenched with topping that’d always oil stain my clothes yet i couldn’t resist

GFeret commented about Tiffin Theatre on Apr 30, 2013 at 10:02 am

i believe it was spelled LYONS not LIONS btw. i’d bowl there, they had lanes in their lower level, and alternate with Pulaski Bowl a couple blocks east. was the Schwinn bicycle factory on Kostner or Austin? i think they closed mid-‘80s. i maybe confusing Schwinn with the location of the old Zenith factory, or not

GFeret commented about Lawndale Theatre on Apr 17, 2013 at 1:59 pm

the damage i’d mentioned has thankfully been now boarded-up

notice the rena theatre—as deteriorated as it is—still retains it’s original flagpole atop, a tall one. i don’t think others like it can say that

GFeret commented about Central Park Theatre on Apr 11, 2013 at 12:46 pm

i’ve just noticed a major exterior brick tuckpointing job underway here. of all the large old inner city former theatre buildings i believe the central park continues to be in the best shape

GFeret commented about Garfield Theatre on Mar 14, 2013 at 11:47 am

judging by that fine 1964 B&W photo the GARFIELD remained for other purposes since the marquee advertises some show and it looks closed but not necessarily vacated much less abandoned

GFeret commented about Lawndale Theatre on Mar 14, 2013 at 11:41 am

passing RENA by earlier today i notice more than one boarded-up 1st floor window and door busted wide open

GFeret commented about Alex Theater on Feb 8, 2013 at 1:47 pm

now that’s one fine Alex Theatre photo, makes me want to run across madison to the box office

GFeret commented about United Artists on Dec 17, 2012 at 2:07 pm

unfaded anscochrome, NIHE

GFeret commented about Bensenville Theatre on Nov 19, 2012 at 10:59 am

i’m on their email showtime mailing list. i like this place and’ll insist here there is nothing to dislike about it (OK bensenville has a little ways to go for becoming a nightlife hotspot). almost a ‘where have you been all my movie-going life?’ theatre choice.

GFeret commented about United Artists on Jul 30, 2012 at 10:29 am

that’s one fine old color photo, a kodachrome i imagine

can see the elevated station when it was positioned at randolph then. autos with tailfins

and chinese restaurant hoe sai gai. there’s a ‘_____hamburger’ there at the SW dearborn/randolph corner, can’t quite make it out…..not wimpys

i remember as a kid really liking the stores & restaurants in the block that unfortunately were demolished for the civic/daley center a couple years later

GFeret commented about Belpark Theatre on Jul 30, 2012 at 8:51 am

i’m glad when a religious organization takes over a former theatre, and can live with bingo activity doing similarly, because it means the building’s lease on life has been extended instead of it falling into disuse & vacancy. we’ve had far too many heartbreaking examples of that

what i say above goes double for former theatres which could be characterized as old movie palaces. personally i favor these alternate useages specifically for the distinct possibility at least a percentage can and will revert to film exhibition once again. that’s a goal quite compatible with this cinematreasures site, and why i’d point out a missed opportunity like the BelPark

GFeret commented about Belpark Theatre on Jul 26, 2012 at 11:27 am

sears parking lot 2-½ block east, not a convenient asset even if sears made it plainly known portage theatre parking was permitted

parking issue aside—it’s not that important to me personally—restoring the belpark yes was a blown theatrical opportunity

GFeret commented about Belpark Theatre on Jul 26, 2012 at 6:47 am

of course the BelPark’s different, with potential closeby parking too (Patio theatre doesn’t have that). a blown opportunity

GFeret commented about Belpark Theatre on Jul 25, 2012 at 11:51 am

i don’t share those impressions of that area, having first moved there in 1981

liquor is liquor—restaurant served or store bought

GFeret commented about Belpark Theatre on Jul 23, 2012 at 11:53 am

Music Box would die for a parking lot. I would die for a parking lot going to the Music Box.

Lack of a lot was always cited as the main handicap when the Portage fate looked grim a ½ doz yrs ago.

i solve both above problems on bicycle

plenty of vehicular trafic to go around, and then some, at both cicero/irving park & cicero/belmont. like Community Bank the Hotel Elinor are very longstanding neighborhood fixtures, hardly transient.

6 corners has had great difficulty keeping an anchor store at its large southeast corner, i could rattle off many names going back to Kee

normal access to liquor is the common theme, as such it’s either positive or negative

GFeret commented about Belpark Theatre on Jul 23, 2012 at 9:38 am

“(cicero & belmont) doesn’t have the visibility, transit access, or commercial district….as the portgae does”. Huh? Of course it does as much or moreso as 6 corners. Tell all this to Community Savings Bank president Dale Cleven, i’d bet he’d be surprised to hear it.

if the belpark has too many seats for films it must have too many seats for senior bingo, and that’s not stopping it

objecting to a liquor store across the street? i recall an objection to a a church taking over the portage because then 6 corners restaurants couldn’t get a liquor license!

empty lots, free parking or otherwise, certainly are better than no lots at all

GFeret commented about Belpark Theatre on Jul 20, 2012 at 1:47 pm

i’d say they got it backwards

the film society at the portage should’ve renovated the belpark when they started—not the portage. if they had they’d have a bigger more grande old chicago movie palace, plus plenty nearby parking to boot because of the empty used-car lots right around the belpark that’ve been unused for a few years now. parking’s what they sorely lack there at the portage

with that the church would be just fine at the portage and welcomed to it

GFeret commented about AMC Norridge 6 on Jul 20, 2012 at 1:28 pm

no rocket science here, loews decided years ago the norridge didn’t bring in enough business to warrant multi-screen investment in digital projection, and from that point on they just wanted to phase the place out quietly

exact same thing happened a year or so ago w/ piper’s alley theatres

corporate execs. ask themselves “are we going to pay for new digital projectors on all these screens?” for each of their theatre properties and not in every case does the answer come back affirmative. especially when the underlying real-estate might have some pretty good value for other commercial ventures

quite a contrast to 3 decades ago or so when harlem avenue was so congested with cars turning into the norridge theatre parking lot on a friday/saturday night

oldest double-feature that comes to mind i saw at the norridge’s from early ‘70s – EXECUTIVE ACTION / RETURN OF A MAN CALLED HORSE

GFeret commented about Royal Theatre on May 29, 2012 at 7:38 am

there’re 2 definitive 8x10 BW photos of the ROYAL THEATRE—from 1958 and maybe 5 yrs later. they’re both on file for anybody to reference at the Chicago History Museum; i just saw them myself and will make request to allow them to appear here leading-off this CT theatre listing, where you might say they rightfully belong.

The earlier one is just as i remember it down to the admission prices seen.

GFeret commented about Harding Theatre on May 29, 2012 at 7:29 am

there’re 2 fine 8x10 B&W HARDING THEATRE photos i stumbled across over the Memorial Day wknd thanks to my wife Claire’s help, in the files of the so-called Chicago History Museum, or as anyone with a proper sense of history would say Chicago Historical Society (history per se does not get remodeled). One image’s from 1961, the other just prior to demolition in 1963, both from out in front of the bldg on Milwaukee Ave showing the full vertical sign & marquee. The 1961 shows marquee lettering advertising a food catering operation, which tells me even by that year films had ceased.

With any luck and proper overtures too at least one of those images will lead-off this CT Theatre listing before long

GFeret commented about Portage Theater fate still in suspense on Apr 24, 2012 at 7:17 am

enjoy one, that’s what the city has landmark designation for

GFeret commented about Portage Theater fate still in suspense on Apr 23, 2012 at 12:57 pm

Ald. John Arena wants to block use of Portage Theatre by a religious organization because, in his words, local restaurants won’t be able to get liquor licenses with a church nearby.


if this ain’t rolling-on-the-floor-laughing material i don’t know what is

the religious organization needn’t worry, with enemies like this who needs friends

GFeret commented about Alex Theater on Mar 19, 2012 at 12:10 pm

i see now. so theatre’s like the ALEX at that critical time could stay upon longer hours but only if they contributed to their power needs with their own on-site generators

so many theatres in the same newspaper ad i referenced for the ALEX post above specify long hours – either 10:00 a.m. or 1:30 pm continuous shows to midnight

my kind of showtimes