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The Clark’s Art Deco marquee can be seen (partially hidden behind a bus) in this circa-1956 photograph (“Reasonable Doubt” is playing at the theater). The photo is mislabeled, it isn’t Clark and Wenthworth, it’s actually the corner of Clark and Madison.
The Chicago Theatre can be seen in this circa-1950s photograph, shown from the corner of State and Randolph Streets. The two-story Walgreens building with the large billboard on its roof on the corner next to the Chicago Theatre still stands, and still looks fairly much the same (except the canopies over Walgreen’s two entrances on State and Randolph are long gone). Besides Walgreens, the building is now mostly-vacant, except for a temporary live theater (confusingly called “the Loop Theatre”, though it’s in a different part of the building than the old Loop Theatre on State Street was) in a former retail space on the Randolph Street side of the structure (not visible in this photo—hidden by the shadow of Marshall Fields department store, its corner clock is seen).
In this undated circa-1950s photograph, the top of the marquee of the then-Telenews is just visible behind the bus, just to the right of the Chicago Theatre’s marquee.
The vertical sign of the Vogue is just visible on the left-hand side in the background of this circa-1950s photograph.
Here is a 2001 photograph of the Hyde Park Theaters when it was operated by the now-defunct Meridian chain.
While this website doesn’t specifically mention the Reseda Theatre, it is about S. Charles Lee, and features photos, plans and drawings of many of his other Southern California theatres.
Scott, I believe the Chicago Mitchell Brothers circuit was completely unrelated to the later Mitchell Brothers, as well as operating much earlier.
I was incorrect in my comment above…the Star & Garter was never used for legitimate theater—it opened as a burlesque house, one of the earliest in the country. It later switched to vaudeville and movies.
A photo of the Paramount’s facade and signage pre-restoration can be seen here:
I remember when I was very young, about 6 or 7, my parents (and grandparents) took me to the Patio to see “The Apple Dumpling Gang”, which is the first movie I remember (admittedly only vaguely) seeing in a theater. Both the Patio and the Portage, in the Six Corners area of Portage Park, where my “neighborhood” theaters as a young kid. The Portage was within walking distance, the Patio we had to drive to. I remember the marquee of the Patio, when it was lit up at night, and could’ve sworn that there was still a vertical sign back then (this would’ve been the mid-70s), also lit up. Also, I remember that my parents and grandparents (and some other family and neighbors) always pronounced Patio as “PAY-show” or “PAY-she-oh” but never “PAT-ee-oh”, just a little thing, but does anyone else who grew up in the area recall hearing the theater pronounced that way? To this day, I still call it the “PAY-show”.
The live theatre which you refer to is actually not the theatre described above (the former Loop/Telenews) which is located on State Street next to the Chicago Theatre (see my comments above). What’s now being called the “Loop Theatre” is actually a former retail space on Randolph Street, around the corner from the Walgreens and across the street from Marshall Field’s. The old Loop Theatre was up until recently used as an electronics store, but is now vacant. The entire building is due to be demolished next year to make way for a new residential/retail development.
In the Chicagoland area, there are only three drive-ins in operation still: the Cascade, in West Chicago, the Hi-Lite 30 in Aurora, and the McHenry Outdoor in McHenry. There are a few still in operation in other parts of Illinois, like the Route 66 in Springfield, the Skyview in Litchfield, and the Harvest Moon in Gibson City to name a couple, but Bobactor is right, there are very few in this state still open. Also, to answer wrightone, the Sauk Trails Drive-In has been closed for many years.
The Wayne can be seen in this circa 1958 photograph. Notice the marquee: a double feature of the Bridgette Bardot film “The Night Heaven Fell” plus “Wayward Girl”.
A photo of the exterior of the former Cine (now the Viceroy of India) can be seen here .
Warren, is this the same theater? It says on the back wall “LOEW’S MT. VERNON”. The caption describes the B Line traveling west on First Street having just crossed Fourth Avenue. The photo is dated 1937.
Mba1, check Ebay—it’s a terrific resource for finding antique postcards.
A 1927 postcard view of the proscenium arch of the Aztec as viewed from the balcony can be seen here.
A 1930 view of the Pitkin’s auditorium from the stage can be seen here.
A 1930s view of the Biograph’s exterior (including the long-gone vertical sign) can be seen here.
Here are photos from 1930 of the Paramount’s stage, viewed from the balcony and Grand Lobby.
Here are photos from 1930 of the Roxy’sproscenium arch andbalconies.
The Paradise’s atmospheric auditorium viewed from the balcony can be this in this 1930 photograph.
The Embassy’s marquee and vertical sign can be seen on the right hand side of this undated photograph.
Here is a photograph from the late 60s showing the Embassy’s vertical sign remained even after its conversion into a ballroom.
A fantastic photograph of the facade and signage of the Gateway prior to its remodeling in the 80s can be seen here. The marquee shows that “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang” is playing, which dates the photo to around 1968.