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A photo of the UA’s auditorium at the time of its opening (1968) can be seen at this link:
Sorry Warren, we weren’t aware this was in here twice, we’ll combine them.
Another photo of the Trans-Lux, which can just be seen on the far right side of this 1960 photograph, partially obscured by the trees.
The Granada was designed by the Boller Brothers in 1937.
The closed Petite 4 was gutted in a blaze last month. See the following article for more information:
A nice (albeit smallish) photo of the auditorium of the Mastbaum can be seen here:
A couple of fantastic photos of the interior of the Palace can be found at this link:
What great recollections of your father and his theater! Thanks for your comment, Mr. Falciglia!
I think a Patio showing films catering to the large Polish/Eastern European community of this neighborhood (and nearby Dunning) would complement the larger Gateway Theatre wonderfully. Perhaps even live entertainment and organ concerts on the Patio’s Barton could be part of this theater’s revival.
Michael, the link above, under the description of the theater, leads to the website of the Liberty Theater. Which website were you expecting?
Gary, here is an article from the Chicago Tribune from a few years ago profiling the Portage Park neighborhood:
Charles, that fact is already noted in my description of the theater, but thanks for the further information.
This theater was built in 1925-26 by developer Louis N. Jaffe for the actor Maurice Schwartz as a legitimate Yiddish-language theater. In the 30s, the play “Yoshe Kalb” ran a record 300 performances at the Yiddish Art Theatre. The theater was later called the Phoenix, and still later, the Jaffe Art Theatre. It was converted to a six-screen movie house in 1991.
Warren, the Nortown is actually in Chicago proper. (Though it’s been closed as a movie theater for 14 years, and last saw use a couple years ago as a community center).
Here is an undated exterior view of the Davis.
Following is a link to a photograph of the Covent Hotel, with the entrance to its parking garage where the entrance to the theater once was located.
That fact is already stated in my description of the Bonstelle, but thanks for reiterating it Neo. Technically, Kahn designed the synagogue that C. Howard Crane later converted into a theatre.
Rdolan, I’d suggest first trying the Art Institute, since they’ve actually got a few of the other architectural fragments Richard Nickel salvaged from the Garrick before it got torn down in 1961 (the architectural pieces are displayed on the upper level of the Art Institute’s main entry, when you first walk in after buying your tickets—you can’t miss them. Look for the Art Deco elevator grilles.). Also, I’d check with the Chicago Architecture Foundation (http://www.architecture.org/), I imagine they’d have information there as well.
I’m not sure who the medallions on the former Schiller/Garrick facade represent, but I imagine that Schiller and Goethe are among the gentlemen represented. Following is a link with a clearer view of the facade fragment, in its current setting as the main entrance to the Second City Theatre in Old Town on Wells Street.
Here is a link to the website for the church which occupies the building today, which includes an exterior shot of the former theater.
Richard, that first link you list doesn’t work.
This theater actually opened about 1915, and was originally the Niles Center (or Center) Theatre, Niles Center being the former name of Skokie until the village’s name was changed in 1940. The theater showed its first sound movie in 1930. It was closed and remodeled in the mid-40s, when it reopened in its current incarnation.
The Bremen was operated by Essaness Theatres from the time it opened until the late 80s.
This theater has been known as the Oasis Edutainment Theatre since last year. It is currently a venue for live theater and theater production education courses will be starting this summer. See this article from today’s Daily Southtown for further details:
To me, the last two words almost look like “…Superior Theatre”.