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Broan commented about Chicago Theatre on Apr 19, 2012 at 9:38 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.

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Broan commented about Piccadilly Theatre on Apr 18, 2012 at 9:38 pm

Very interesting, thanks!

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Broan commented about Bijou Dream Theater on Apr 17, 2012 at 12:43 pm

The address should be corrected to 114 S. State.

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Broan commented about Portage Theater on Apr 14, 2012 at 12:38 pm

Henry L. Newhouse should be removed as architect. Lindley Phelps Rowe was architect and firm was Fridstein & Co.

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Broan commented about Deerpath Theatre - Lobby on Apr 9, 2012 at 9:29 pm

Looks like 1983, all right.

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Broan commented about Portage Theater on Apr 6, 2012 at 7:59 pm

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.

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Broan commented about New Regal Theatre on Apr 6, 2012 at 11:48 am

FDIC.

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Broan commented about Belpark Theatre on Mar 24, 2012 at 12:07 pm

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.

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Broan commented about Belpark Theatre on Mar 24, 2012 at 9:15 am

Theatre Historical Society of America.

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Broan commented about Belpark Theatre on Mar 24, 2012 at 9:03 am

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.

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Broan commented about Alba Theatre on Mar 19, 2012 at 3:03 pm

The Economist lists Foltz & Brand as architects.

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Broan commented about Rivoli Theatre on Mar 19, 2012 at 2:51 pm

The American Contractor lists Arthur Howell Knox as architect.

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Broan commented about Alex Theater on Mar 19, 2012 at 1:24 pm

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.

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Broan commented about Uptown Theater on Mar 16, 2012 at 2:52 pm

Some great photos from 2000 are here

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Broan commented about Congress Theater on Mar 16, 2012 at 2:52 pm

Some great photos from 2000 are here

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Broan commented about Lake Shore Theater on Feb 28, 2012 at 12:43 pm

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=320584454656096&set=a.238894979491711.59426.233388040042405&type=1&ref=nf The interior’s pretty much gone.

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Broan commented about Apollo Theatre on Feb 19, 2012 at 5:42 pm

http://tribune-files.imagefortress.com/attachment1s/209313/medium_wm/AEI-090-CT_F.JPG?1276085002 This appears to be the Apollo in 1929.

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Broan commented about City Theater on Feb 18, 2012 at 3:13 pm

Originally operated by Hyman & Hirsch

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Broan commented about Chicago Theatre on Feb 9, 2012 at 12:19 pm

It’s still The Chicago Theatre. The masthead on the website reads “The Chicago Theatre presented by Chase” but I don’t see anywhere else using that verbiage. I figured out the date by going through Flickr.

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Broan commented about Chicago Theatre on Feb 9, 2012 at 10:57 am

The sign was always meant to have a name of some sort up there, though.

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Broan commented about Chicago Theatre on Feb 9, 2012 at 1:05 am

http://timeoutchicago.com/things-to-do/this-week-in-chicago/15023003/chase-logo-on-chicago-theatre-what%E2%80%99s-up-with-that It was installed about October 3-4, 2011.

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Broan commented about Garrick Theatre on Jan 15, 2012 at 11:15 am

A cornice fragment from the Garrick is at the Springold Theater Arts Center at Brandeis University in Massachusetts.

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Broan commented about Bryn Mawr Theatre on Jan 13, 2012 at 2:35 pm

“Bryn Mawr Avenue was named in the 1880s by Edgewater developer John Lewis Cochran after Bryn Mawr station on the Main Line north of Philadelphia.[2] Bryn Mawr is Welsh for Big Hill.”

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Broan commented about Gorilla Tango Skokie Theatre on Dec 30, 2011 at 2:33 pm

I doubt there was room for projectors when it was done. The place is just too small and narrow – only 10 seats wide. As much as I love old theaters, this should have been turned into a store, they could have built a better theater in almost any building and fit more than 148 people in it. How difficult can it be to have “perfect acoustics” in such a tiny space? 1.5 million could have gone a lot farther elsewhere.

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Broan commented about Cinestage Theatre on Dec 27, 2011 at 1:14 am

http://chsmedia.org/media/hb/04/HB20393a.jpg http://chsmedia.org/media/hb/04/HB20393b.jpg http://chsmedia.org/media/hb/04/HB20393c.jpg http://chsmedia.org/media/hb/04/HB20393d.jpg