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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.
Very interesting, thanks!
The address should be corrected to 114 S. State.
Henry L. Newhouse should be removed as architect. Lindley Phelps Rowe was architect and firm was Fridstein & Co.
Looks like 1983, all right.
Preliminary landmark status means that any permit filed in the preliminary period is subject to review by Landmarks. Generally it means nothing can be altered in the period of consideration, which can last up to a year. This does not mean that final designation will protect the facade, lobby, and auditorium. Indeed, the Village Art (Germania) and Biograph both are landmarked but nothing past the facade is protected.
Maybe it was Belmont Park, then, but the theater itself was north of the Belmont Park border (Belmont, Laramie, Diversey, and the Northwestern Tracks). What I meant was that Belmont Park is not an official Neighborhood or Community Area name, but a subdivision within a neighborhood.
Theatre Historical Society of America.
Named for being on the border of BELmont-Cragin and Portage PARK. There is no such thing as Belmont Park.
1927-1957 was 30 years.
THS has a few old photos.
The Economist lists Foltz & Brand as architects.
The American Contractor lists Arthur Howell Knox as architect.
I searched for that phrase. It’s all about context. Illinois had rapidly dwindling coal supplies at the beginning of May 1946 due to a coal strike, and theaters could operate only from 2-6pm; all commerce & industry was affected. This wasn’t good business generally, so most shut their doors until the rule was changed May 10 to normal hours Fri-Sun and closed otherwise. The strike was resolved and things went back to normal minus display and ornamental lights on May 11. The theaters whose ads said “we make our own power” “our own electric power” “Open under our own power from today onwards” “we have our own power plant” had generators, or generated their own power from oil or incinerators.
Some great photos from 2000 are here