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jhallock, Check out the 7/24/09 post by Sonny D.
That appears to be the most current organization involved in saving the Midway. There is a website link embedded in that post.
Apparently Marilyn Miglin closed her Oak St. retail store for good, some time back. So any say she had in what went on with the Esquire is now possibly gone too. (See BWChicago’s 9/29/08 post) Unless she owns her building and is still an active Oak Street Council member.
Another novel idea would be to have Second City take over the management of Pipers Alley.
They could have mini live shows before the start of each film, to test out main stage material. Similar to what the Marx Bros. would do. They ironed out the kinks in routines that ultimately appeared rewritten in films, in front of a live audience first.
It could be a regular entertainment mecca over there. Plus the Second City ownership surely has the right connections,and would benefit from an improved theater nearby.
Hey Cinemark, there was an article posted on the Broadway/Lakeshore page yesterday that it is now closing too.
It had been live theatre most recently.
Just to the left of the Wood’s entrance is the Western Nite Club. On the sign you can barely make out The Sundowners. That was the country & western group that old ABC/Channel 7 news anchor Joel Daly was a member of. They were the standing house musical act for years. That was a neat place. In the basement as I recall.
B&G was a 24 hour diner type restaurant. It had multiple booths that looked out of windows facing the Oak Street Side, and one that faced the Rush Street side. It later became The Oak Tree restaurant. Both served the Rush St. night life crowd on a continual basis.
There was one regular, rather surly waitress that worked at B&G. Notorious for just throwing your plates on the table.
I stand corrected, and I signed the petition. Thanks for setting me straight.
Ironically I have always been an advocate for preservation and restoration of the Uptown. As evidenced in all of my previous posts to Cinema Treasures.
I also did freelance work for the city for 10 years. So I’ve experienced a bit of bureaucracy first hand.
Some may also want to search a Tribune series from a few years back. About the city and the preservation of various buildings within Chicago. At the time, all of the ones that had been lost needlessly were listed by address. My previous point was made with that particular series in mind.
I guess I was concerned that any project requiring the city’s help for preservation, would likely receive low priority if any, given current economic conditions and the city’s budget woes.
I believe in JAM, and that they will step up to the plate as things evolve. I believe I read that they were the only buyer to show up at the sale.
Wow. Now THAT is what makes Cinema Treasures a truly special forum.
Just reading and knowing that a part of the State-Lake Theatre lives on in someone’s home, is heart warming.
I’m sure everyone would love to see a current picture of the organ.
If it’s not too intrusive on your privacy. If so we’d all understand.
I posted on one of the other CT pages of a suburban Chicago home, that has a huge pipe organ, Kaliope & Victrola collection in essentially what is a museum on the guy’s property.
Thank you for posting your story.
The Festival/Mode mentioned in the very top bio paragraph was located on Sheridan, and not Sheffield as written above.
Sheffield turns into Sheridan a block South of where the Festival/Mode stood. The Westbound stretch of Sheridan that intersects Sheffield starts at the inner drive of LSD to the East.
It is also why the “L” stop is called Sheridan. Also the name on the Sheridan 151 bus.
I am quite certain that JAM’s intentions for the Uptown are and always have been all good. What “evidence suggests otherwise”?
Who in their right mind would spend 3 million or whatever it was, just to prevent competition from spending another 30-40 million, renovating a building with such huge problems that’s been empty for 30 years?
JAM could have NOT bought it and still gotten that result.
My understanding is that JAM owns the Riviera, and only manages the Aragon.
And the simple competition in the music biz, is to book who is most popular for the least amount of money, in the biggest place you have available.
And yes, that would be the Uptown. But there are so many insanely expensive variables to undertake before that could even remotely have been a threat.
Hypothetically, if the Uptown WAS bought and fully renovated/opened by JAM’s competition, it would still come down to who could book the bigger name acts consistently. 3-40 million is a pretty big gamble upfront to prevent competition.
JAM openly claimed it had wanted to buy and renovate the Uptown for years. But the roadblocks and various players invloved were always insurmountable. (Some of which is stated in links in posts above, from around the time they finally purchased it.)
I agree the City of Chicago seems shamefully indifferent to what happens to the Uptown. Or most landmark worthy buildings for that matter. Unless they can get their piece of the action. The City is claiming it’s treading water itself. So incentives are going to be flying out of City Hall any time soon.
I don’t know why I remember this, but I think NorthLight Theatre had something to do with trying to resurrect the Coronet Theatre at one time too. I seem to remember their name on the marquee.
Hopefully more will come out of this venture than sadly didn’t, over there.
It will be interesting to see how they are able to reconfigure some type of entrance on Sherman Ave. And not just some side door in the alley.
Since the stage is towards the back.
Some of the previous pictures posted showed that the back half of the auditorium, ceiling, and possibly balcony space had all been encapsulated. Awaiting just this type of project.
Wow, “The Fury” is on the marquee in the 1976 photo. It’s actually 1977 or 78 though. "The Fury" was filmed partially in Chicago.
We briefly met Kirk Douglas when he ran up to my car from a small Lincoln Park incline in front of the Cardinal's residence at North Ave. & State Parkway in mid77.
78 though. "The Fury" was filmed partially in Chicago.
We briefly met Kirk Douglas when he ran up to my car from a small Lincoln Park incline in front of the Cardinal's residence at North Ave. & State Parkway in mid
I had a 57 Plymouth Plaza, (much like a "Christine" Fury which was a58).
We had slowed down to look at some camera trucks, when Kirk ran up the hill to my drivers window and yelled “Ahhhh!”. Scared the begeezus out of us. He actually grabbed my driver’s door with both hands under the window. They had been filming and he was apparently goofing off during a break. I like to think that the then 20 year old car is what caught his eye.
57 Plymouth Plaza, (much like a "Christine" Fury which was a
To Chuck1231, the link with the current pics (10/11/08) you mentioned is still up, and was/is posted above by supercharger96 on 10/21/08.
The dog skeleton has a pretty large skull. I wonder if it was originally a guard dog that was sadly just forgotten about.
Oh, that’s too bad. It was a really nice daytime picture as I recall.
It showed the white ceramic tile work on the spires, etc.
Just a quick FYI. The Jewel/Osco on Howard St. near McCormick has some two sided tote bags at the registers with a really nice full color scanned picture of the Chicago Theatre on them.
Not sure if they are available at all Jewel stores or not, but it’s worth a look if there’s one nearby.
They are probably inexpensive as it appears there are multiple designs of other Chicago scenes and/or landmarks.
Point of purchase stuff usually is.
The existence of this theater and a mock up of it played a pivotal part in the 1999 Adrien Brody film “Liberty Heights”. It was shown as the site for a late 50’s James Brown concert that two of the film’s main characters attended.
A rather nice backlot, neon marquee was rebuilt to presumably replicate the original exterior.
I think there were some loft style apartments at the neighboring location up until 2005 or so.
A couple of fires displaced the few who resided or worked there.
The April 2009 LoopNet link is apparently now a pay site.
I guess it’s polite way of saying “if you have to ask, you can’t afford it”.
It’s neat to read those sometimes, to see how all of a given theatre’s history gets condensed to sell it.
If they let you guys take pics, maybe you can post some after your tours.
If they let you guys take pics, maybe you can post some afterward your tours.
Thanks for posting that RickB.
It’s a shame that it’s the first and only time that Mr. Klein’s name or his ownership of the Vic has been mentioned so far.
When certainly it was his purchase of it in `83 according to the obit, that in hindsight likely saved the theater forever.
If only that same vision had been applied to the Uptown at the same time.
Just another reminder to CT Admins, the year of the fire in the opening bio of the Carnegie needs to be changed from 1996 to 1966.
Also when it finally closed as a theater in 1986, it became Hamburger Hamlet first. It then opened as Hugo’s Frog Bar in 1996.
The former Mister Kelly’s site next door was Sweetwater up until 1989, when it reopened as Gibson’s.
Down the street, the 2 story former Norge Village Laundromat(60's-70’s), later Rubus Jungle (Ice Cream & Miniature Golf- late`70’s), then Guaduala-Harrys, thenu El Torito became Carmines in 1995.
Exactly, who knew it was gutted? But more importantly-when? If it closed as a theater, and was still built out as one inside, who pulled permits to gut it out, and how soon after the closure?
In a perfect world, any permit that was applied for at that address should have raised a red flag to the Alderman. Who in turn would hopefully then make a trip over there to see what’s going on. If for not other reason than to see if possibly any ornementation from the original theater had only been covered over during the muliplexing.
Then possibly there could have been a limit applied to the extent of the gutting. I’m fine with the use of it not as a theater is what its future holds. But if any aspects of it’s former interior could have been preserved to just showcase in the new usage, that ship has no sailed.
I do understand about the hesitancy for Landmarking to not be as strict on the protection of interiors. But I think that when it comes specifically to old theaters, there should be an extra effort made by municipalities to protect whatever may still exist of any original ornamentation.
Otherwise developers will just cointinue to gut to the brick, and that’s it. Gone forever.
I know the Village was multiplexed quite some time back. But very often when that was done to small theaters, they just dropped the ceilings and the old interiors remained up in newly created catacombs.
In this instance, and again a perfect scenario, there might have been a chance to see what was left of the original theater. And moniter the gut job accordingly. I just have a sense that it went forward unwatched because so much time had passed. And with the surprise win of a new Alderman, the decisions may have been even more hasty.
In theory, when any new interior buildout moves forward and the gut was under the radar, the permits department would say: “Wait a minute, what happened to the existing interior that was on file?”
It would be interesting to know what the time frame was on the tear out. And if it was done legally via proper building permits.
If it was after the Landmarking process had been started by the new Alderman, and the city somehow wasn’t informed I would imagine there could be hefty fines to be paid that could affect any sale of the building.
I would think the Alderman would have at least toured it once when making the case to Landmark the property.
There could also be a gray area over whether any of the original theater interior ornamentation (ceiling etc) was removed in the most recent tear out. Ornamentation that may have previously been only encapsulated, when it was multiplexed.
Though Chicago Landmarking does seem kind of loose as to interior preservatons.
In any event, it sound as if it is much further from becoming a theater again than anything else. Since it’s not turnkey anymore as they say.
To paul2, there is a store opening in Skokie (on Oakton) called Bob’s Newstand.
They specialize in vintage newspapers & magazines. Copies from specific dates bought as gifts for birthdays & anniversaries etc.
Perhaps you could purchase a Chicago newspaper from that day, and the films at the Music Box would be listed inside.