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Broan commented about New 400 Theaters on Aug 29, 2015 at 9:51 am

It was noted as being “Under Roof” by March 8

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Broan commented about New 400 Theaters on Aug 29, 2015 at 9:49 am

The Regent must have opened in 1913. I have just posted a “Under Construction” notice from January 18, 1913 “The Construction News” and the earliest ad I have seen in the Tribune is from December 7, 1913.

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Broan commented about Studebaker Theater & Playhouse Theater on Aug 16, 2015 at 9:08 am

The Studebaker is apparently to reopen October 18. http://www.studebakertheater.com

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Broan commented about Belpark Theatre on May 25, 2015 at 8:08 am

It looks like they did a nice job. Before: http://chicagopatterns.com/belpark-theater-a-chicago-movie-palace-revealed/

Construction videos: Video 1: https://vimeo.com/111057220 Video 2: https://vimeo.com/115832228 Video 3: https://vimeo.com/119613402

They seem to have preserved and exposed most of what remained, and walled over the rest. They partitioned off the rear part of the auditorium into classroom-type space. I’m sure they intend to dismantle that and move those functions to storefront spaces as their congregation grows. The one odd thing I noticed in the video was that the lunettes at the top of each archway in the theatre were removed for some reason.

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Broan commented about Broadway Strand Theatre on May 3, 2015 at 1:48 pm

Joe, The HARGIS system was redesigned and the report from my first comment is now Here. I don’t know if that’s a permanent link, so to find it in the future, the HARGIS system is at http://gis.hpa.state.il.us/hargis/ and you’d search for Broadway-Strand. Page 2 of the report still lists J.H. Gernfeld as architect. However, as you note, other, more primary, sources list Levy. But contrary to your suggestion, J.H. Gernfeld was an actual theater architect in Chicago, responsible for at least a renovation of the Marlowe per p136 of Konrad Schiecke’s Historic Movie Theaters in Illinois. So it’s possible that Levy was the original architect and Gernfeld did a renovation.

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Broan commented about Wilmette Theatre on Apr 12, 2015 at 8:32 am

I recently posted a still from an industrial film featuring the Wilmette.

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Broan commented about Liberty Theatre on Feb 21, 2015 at 8:17 am

Built by John S. Ahamnos, who also built the New Apollo at Pulaski & North

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Broan commented about Central Park Theatre on Feb 1, 2015 at 7:12 am

Probably was remodeled early on to provide a larger stage and screen.

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Broan commented about Liberty Theatre on Nov 30, 2014 at 12:10 pm

Earlier this year, it was renamed the Diamond Garden, and the exterior has been remodeled slightly.

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Broan commented about Liberty Theatre on Nov 30, 2014 at 12:10 pm

I don’t think this was ever named Garden Theater. It closed as the Liberty sometime in 1951 and became the Marcin Ballroom some time that same year, owned by Democratic Committeeman & later City Clerk John C. Marcin. It turned to the Garden Walk restaurant in the late 1960s.

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Broan commented about Chopin Theatre on Sep 2, 2014 at 4:23 pm

I think that’s probably a sign for Wieboldt’s in the distance.

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Broan commented about Chopin Theatre on Aug 31, 2014 at 11:00 am

http://calumet412.com/post/96274729551/looking-north-west-on-division-at-ashland-1939

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Broan commented about Moviemax Cinemas on Aug 11, 2014 at 1:57 pm

Changed the name to Moviemax Cinemas last month. For the description, note that Phoenix Big Cinemas was just an arm of Phoenix Adlabs, so it’s misleading.

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Broan commented about Chicago Theatre exterior on Jul 10, 2014 at 8:31 pm

1949

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Broan commented about CHICAGO Theatre; Chicago, Illinois. on Jul 10, 2014 at 8:28 pm

Holiday released in 1938

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Broan commented about CHICAGO Theatre; Chicago, Illinois (1936) on Jul 10, 2014 at 8:27 pm

Robin Hood released in 1938

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Broan commented about Halfield Theatre on May 3, 2014 at 7:57 pm

Here’s an image. http://www.ebay.com/itm/1937-original-8-x-10-glass-negative-HALFIELD-MOVIE-THEATRE-THEATER-Chicago-IL-/121333725952?pt=Art_Photo_Images&hash=item1c400dbb00&ssPageName=RSS:B:SHOP:US:101

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Broan commented about Village Art Theatre on Apr 21, 2014 at 7:50 am

9/5/2013 9/6/2013 2013-1504 1548 N. Clark 100486552 Village Theater 42

Exterior: Remove and rebuilt 76 linear feet of 3' high parapet along Clark Street façade per Historic Preservation stamped plans dated 9/6/13.

Salvageable masonry to be retained and reinstalled. Any required new masonry to match historic size, color, texture and appearance. Masonry to be cataloged and evaluated per submitted plans. Historic Preservation staff to be notified to view and approve terra cotta samples prior to order and installation. No other work permitted with this approval.

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Broan commented about Colony Theater on Apr 15, 2014 at 10:26 am

If Thalia Hall can finally come back, maybe the Colony can too.

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Broan commented about Chicago Filmmakers on Mar 11, 2014 at 10:59 am

Tribune article

Note that Chicago Filmmakers is in the same building as the LeGrand/Temple Theatre, but most of the theatre space is taken up by the stores.

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Broan commented about Roscoe Theatre on Mar 6, 2014 at 1:04 pm

Photos posted in photo section via Forgotten Chicago on Facebook

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Broan commented about Michael Todd Theatre on Feb 23, 2014 at 8:23 am

1987 Photo

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Broan commented about White Front Theatre on Jan 27, 2014 at 2:21 pm

There continues to be a lot of confusion over the location of the White Front. All the hard evidence I’ve seen points to the storefront that was most recently Kiss & Tell Lingerie as the location, while anecdotes point to the Foot Locker.

Known facts: -The White Front was at 909 Milwaukee under the pre-1909 numbering system, according to numerous sources -The address 909 Milwaukee translated to 1257 Milwaukee when re-numbered, according to the 1909 renumbering guide (http://www.chsmedia.org/househistory/1909snc/start.pdf) and the 1914 Sanborn Map covering this area. -This is a photo of the White Front, reprinted in a 1916 Moving Picture World

-A February 6, 1906 article in the Chicago Tribune describes a fire in a three story building at 909 Milwaukee. The White Front opened later that month at 909 Milwaukee. If the fire was in the building now occupied by Foot Locker, it would have been described as a “two story building” -The 1914 Sanborn Map illustrates the Kiss & Tell building as it currently stands, so that building dates at least to 1914 if not earlier. -The 1916 article describes a 5&10 store in the former White Front. 1916 Chicago Tribune advertisements show a O'Connor & Goldberg shoe store in the 1253, Foot Locker building.

I have used photoshop to paste the image of the White Front onto the facades of the existing buildings. The proportions of the photo fit very well into the Kiss & Tell, especially the surrounding architectural details. The photo does not align well with the Foot Locker’s proportions. This comparison is posted here in the photos section.

Finally, Byster’s was not in the Foot Locker, it was one door south. The awning still says Byster’s.

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Broan commented about Studebaker Theater & Playhouse Theater on Jan 14, 2014 at 8:45 am

The newspapers were a little unclear. “The Fine Arts Theatre” and “The Fine Arts Music Hall” both appear in the Tribune from 1908-1912. I suspect the ‘music hall’ references were talking about Assembly/Curtiss Hall on the 10th floor but it’s not really clear. I’ll take it down and re-edit.

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Broan commented about Franklin Theatre on Jan 12, 2014 at 8:43 pm

More likely they just fell apart by that time. I think they were pressed metal.