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The Parkway opened in 1910, as the Drury Lane, and sat over 750. It originally featured both vaudeville and other live acts, as well as movies.
The Karlov opened in 1917, originally for the Lynch circuit.
The Harding closed in 1963, and was torn down the following year.
The Harding was built for the Lubliner & Trinz circuit in 1924-5 and opened in October, 1925. It was a “sister” theater to the similarly-sized Congress (1926) and Tower (1926) Theatres, all Lubliner & Trinz houses and all designed by the firm of Friedstein & Co. This trio of large neighborhood houses were acquired by Balaban & Katz in early 1929. The Congress is the only one of the three still surviving today.
The Broadway Strand opened in 1917, and operated into the 60s. It was torn down in 1998.
Sorry, I meant the Alba opened about 1915, and was acquired by the Publix-Balaban & Katz circuit in the early 30s.
The Alamo opened in 1926 and was closed during the early 60s. It has since been razed.
The Armitage opened in 1916 as the Avenue, and was closed by around 1950.
The Madison Square opened in 1917 for the Lubliner & Trinz ciruit on Madison Street, between Kilpatrick and Cicero Avenues, in the West Garfield Park neighborhood. The Madison Square closed about 1925, and reopened a couple years later, as the Byrd, by Essaness. It lasted into the mid-50s as a movie house.
Here is an actual photograph postcard from a slightly later date, with the vertical marquees added.
From the late 40s until it closed, this theater was known as the Kim.
Located a 2516 W. Devon Ave. in the West Ridge neighborhood, this building which once house the Cine Theater has been the home of the popular Viceroy of India restaurant for many years now.
A close up photograph of the Garrick’s arched facade, with its relief busts of famous Germans (the building was originally the Schiller) when it was in situ behind the theater’s marquee can be found
This large fragment of the Garrick Theatre was fortunately removed before the theater’s tragic destruction, and is now incorporated into the front entrance of the legendary Second City comedy club on Wells Street.
Bruce, the theater I think you’re thinking of that the Rockettes performed their holiday show at for the last few years was in suburban Rosemont, in the Rosemont Theatre. Last year was their last season there. The Rosemont Theatre isn’t even remotely as large as the Fox or Chicago Theatres.
The Hamlin opened in 1910 in the West Garfield Park neighborhood as a vaudeville house, and was located at Madison Street near Hamlin Boulevard, not far from Garfield Park itself. It didn’t become known as the Alex until around 1940, and remained in operation at least through the 50s.
The Patio contains a 3 manul 18 rank Barton organ that cost $25,000 to install when the movie palace opened in 1927. However, during the 30s, with the death of silent films, the organ fell into disuse until it was restored in 1966 and was rededicated a year later with the late legendary Hal Pearl, longtime organist at the famed Aragon Ballroom, accompanying a silent film and a sing-along to a full house. The Barton was since used for ocassional organ concerts until the Patio’s closing nearly two years ago.
The 3 Penny was originally called the Crest, and that name is still spelled out on the tiles in front of the theater’s main entrance.
I’m surprised that it didn’t mention “The Blues Brothers”, one of the most famous movies ever filmed in Chicago—it’s like a virtual tour of Chicago in 1980.
From the mid-30s until the mid-50s, this theater was named the Gold Coast.
The building in which the State Theatre is located was opened in 1873 as a bank. In 1910, it was rebuilt as a vaudeville theater, the Neumeyer. Between 1914 and 1916, the theater changed names twice, first to the Northampton, then to the Colonial. In 1925, the theater was completely remodeled in a mix of Spanish and Italian Renaissance styles by W.L. Lee of Philadelphia. In 1930, a screen is added and the State begins screening sound films. By the late 60s, however, the State began to show adult features. During the 70s, it was mainly used as a rock concert venue. During the 80s and 90s, the historic theater was restored to its former splendor, and is now used for concerts and live stage shows. It is also purported haunted by the spirit of a former theater manager, nicknamed “Fred”, who has been spotted by many staff and patrons over the years, beginning in the 70s.
The former Lakeside Theatre is now the home of Alternatives, a youth center serving children and young adults in the Uptown, Edgewater and Rogers Park neighborhoods. See their website for more information.
According to an article in today’s New York Times, Henry Miller’s Theater will be closing in February 2004, and its current tenant, the surprise-hit Broadway musical “Urinetown”, which has been at the Henry Miller for over 2 years, the longest run in the theater’s long history, will be forced to find another theater to perform at. Developers have been eyeing the aging theater for years now, and only now have plans and funds come together. A skyscraper will be built on the site of the theater (though its facade will be incorporated into the new structure as it is landmarked), on the Avenue of the Americas between 42nd and 43rd Streets. The tower, set for completion in 2008, will include a new Henry Miller’s Theatre, which will restore the original seating capacity of 950 (it was reduced to 631 over the years). Demolition of the current building is set to begin next March.
The Linden sat 783 and was located at 743 W. 63rd St. It has been demolished.
Before it was demolished in 2000, the North Center’s former lobby space was used as an electronics store. One of the last typewriter repair stores in Chicago also operated out of one of the storefronts of the North Center Building. Upstairs of the auditorium was a bowling alley which operated until the end, as well as a pool hall next door to the theater.
A wonderful 1940s photo (and further information) of the El Rey can be found on the following website: