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Well, perhaps LaSalle Bank and Broadway in Chicago (the operator of the Shubert) will alter the name before the theater reopens after the restoration project. Looking at the Broadway in Chicago website again, the full name for the theater is supposed to be the LaSalle Bank Theatre at the Majestic Building. One the positive side, though, from the illustrations on this page, it looks like they are going to restore the now-cramped lobby, and recreate something similar to the Majestic’s original marquee instead of the ugly, boxy 50s style one that’s currently on there.
The Shubert has recently announced that after the $25 million restoration is complete about a year after it is set to begin in Janaury 2005, the theatre is going to be renamed the LaSalle Bank Theatre after the bank’s large contribution towards the project gave it naming rights. At least when Ford and Cadillac got naming rights for the Oriental and Palace Theatres respectively, they had the tact to keep the original theatre’s name in the new name, but LaSalle has opted not to incorporate either the Shubert or Majestic (the pre-40s name of the theatre) into their renaming. It was generally expected that when the Shubert reopened in 2006, it would be as the Majestic (which is still the name of the office tower that houses the theatre). At least the last of the major Loop showplaces is finally getting its long-awaited restoration, years after the Chicago, Oriental, Palace and Auditorium Theatres got their refurbishments. (see this recent Chicago Tribune article for more details).
It’s located between Lenox and 7th Avenues, closer to Lenox…I found this website that answers my own question. It IS the former 116th Street Theatre.
The Canaan Baptist Church is now at this address—not sure if it’s housed in the former theatre or not. Can anyone verify?
Charles, what is the website of this Boller Bros. page you’re mentioning? No offense, but possibly, they might have an error on their page. It’s just that I can’t see how the building permit of the theater would have the wrong architect on it, unless Rupert worked with the Bollers or vice-versa, or one replaced the other at the last minute? Just thoughts…
The spelling of this theatre has been corrected. You should be able to find it on the search engine now.
No, the address is 118 S. Main Street. Thanks for the information Charles.
A vintage postcard view of the Watseka Theatre’s gorgeous Art Deco exterior can be seen here.
The Prospect’s demolition can be seen in this photo, dated 1991.
The nightclub BLVD and concert venue Crash Mansion downstairs is located at this address currently. Not sure if its housed in the old theater or a new building.
A vintage view of the former Sanders Theatre can be seen here.
Neo, David Naylor’s 1991 book “American Picture Palaces: The Architecture of Fantasy” has a photo, if I recall correctly, of the Southtown’s auditorium was it was being used as Carr’s deparment store, circa the 70s. Many libraries have this book but I believe it’s out of print.
A 1949 photograph of 125th Street can be seen here with the Harlem Opera House at center, and further down, the Loew’s Victoria, and next to that, the Apollo.
A 1949 photo of the Paramount’s marquee can be seen here.
A circa-1955 view of the Kenmore can be seen here.
The Beverly can be seen in this 1951-dated photograph showing the intersection of Church and McDonald Avenues.
Here is a link which shows a couple of photos of the restored auditorium of the former Fox Watson. Also, the website mkmarshall references above is dead.
Recos-not sure what you’re looking at but the photo is clearly marked “Academy Theatre” and “Waukegan, IL” if you’re clicking on the link in my post above.
Recos, the photograph I posted is actually in fact the Academy Theatre in Waukegan, later called the Fiesta Palace.
E.P. Rupert is listed here as the architect of the Granada Theatre. Rupert, a Chicago-based architect, also designed the Liberty in Libertyville, IL, the Tivoli in Mishawaka, IN, and the Washington in Quincy, IL among others. A 1930s photograph of the Granada can also been seen here.
Here is the correct link—
A stunning 1926 view of the Palace’s auditorium can be seen here.
Here is an early 50s postcard view of the Pickwick Theatre.
A night view of the Memri’s screentower can be seen in this early 1950s postcard view.
A 1920s postcard view of the Lincoln can be seen here.