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The Bijou Dream was adjacent to the Orpheum, and was on the second floor, above an arcade. The modernized address was 114 S. State.
Disregard what I said earlier. If anything, the Orpheum was in the building that now houses the Men’s Wearhouse. The Orpheum closed in the spring of 1937 and was replaced by Kitty Kelly Shoes. So it is standing, just not in the building we thought. While Bryan’s article from Sept 8, 2009 says that it’s a new building, a previous article made clear that Kitty Kelly would heavily remodel the existing building.
I think the mapping problem is due to it being listed as 2008-10 instead of 2008-2010.
I remember noticing that theatre on Archer before. I’m surprised I never put the two together.
You can follow the renovation on the Logan’s facebook page, http://www.facebook.com/thelogantheatre
1-6 featured an autumn decor and early on experimented with delivering food on carts in the auditoriums. It opened in December 1994.
That article was from 2010 so I’m guessing demolition is on hold
The marquee can be seen in this clip, at :55 and a wide view of the building can be glimpsed later, as well as views of the neighborhood in 1966.
There are some on the Revitalize Des Plaines facebook page. We’re working right down to the wire, but I’ll be sure to post some next week.
If you scroll up slightly, I said in 2008 (edited), “The Knickerbocker/Devon, on Broadway, opened in 1916 and changed names in 1929 under Essaness. This is the one demolished in 1996.
The New Devon’s architect was Henry J. Ross. The “New” in the name probably distinguished it from the former Devon Theater at 6417 N Clark which had been in operation from at least 1910, and possibly as early as 1905, according to the Edgewater Historical Society. This was located approximately in the parking lot adjacent to the Ellantee/Ridge (hardware store), though its actual site was probably destroyed by street widening and re-routing Ashland.
The Ellantee/Ridge, which is now the hardware store, did not open until 1919, at which point the New Devon closed. The Ellantee/Ridge and was never called Devon and is not relevant to this discussion."
I have uploaded a news listing demonstrating that it was indeed the New Devon, as late as 1916, four years after it opened. There is no evidence at all to show that it was ever called the Devon Theater. Your “true history” is entirely speculative and only adds to the confusion.
http://chicagoist.com/2011/10/26/our_memories_of_the_chicago_theatre.php Here’s a rare photo from when the vertical sign read ABC Great States
I added a photo of the old marquee before it was ruined.
Mike Royko worked as an usher here.
Curiously, the Marshall Square had a very similar design to the Howard Theatre, down to the domes (removed at the Howard). But they had different architects.
The status should be renovating. The attached building has been fully restored on the exterior and looks great. The 53rd street entrance to the theatre has been re-created beautifully, and the adjacent lobby seems to have been rediscovered. The blue and gold terra cotta on Harper Court is being destroyed, unfortunately. Assuming the exterior is done as well as the attached building, this will be gorgeous when complete.
The crude conduit seems to suggest that at least some power is going to or from the stud lighting.