Patio Theatre

6008 West Irving Park Road,
Chicago, IL 60634

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Patiomike on June 12, 2007 at 7:43 am

As far as I know, the building is not for sale. Renting may be a possibility but many upgrades would be needed. Codes were strengthened after a recent incident at a Chicago night club. An electric generator sufficient to replace power during an outage would be needed. Also, the air conditioner needs to be replaced. The electrical system, while sound, is original to the building and would probably need to be upgraded. The nearby Portage Theater has been modernized this way and is a success. There is a phone number on the building’s office entrance. It might be worth a try.

longislandmovies on June 11, 2007 at 10:29 pm

do we have a price???

Bing00 on June 11, 2007 at 9:51 pm

Is the Patio currently for sale/rent?

Chrisk36 on May 1, 2007 at 11:36 am

Patiomike, aware of LaSalle, been there several times and only 3 bucks for me. These are the real oldies which I love. However it’s 8 at nite and sometimes especially in bad weather not doable.
Couple years back saw Tarzan Of The Apes. I don’t drive. Hope Patio makes a comeback in some form.

Patiomike on May 1, 2007 at 10:48 am

Bryan, your photo is the lobby soon after it was fully cleaned and repainted. It was taken for an article about the theater and Chicago film makers that I recall was a Reader cover story. Alex, the owner, is resting his hand on the shoulder of Louis Antonelli, lead projectionist and noted Chicago film maker. He taught me the trade. The other two at the right are associates of his. Lighting all the lobby’s lights added at least $100 to the electric bill in the late 90’s so we only lit the box office’s “crown” and one or two bright bulbs in the chandelier.

Patiomike on May 1, 2007 at 10:33 am

If you’re looking for an inexpensive classic theater, try the LaSalle Bank Cinema at 4901 W Irving Park Rd in Chicago. A classic film+short is shown every Saturday night at 8pm. A loosely themed program runs for 6mos. starting in January and June. Admission is $5, less for seniors. Entrance and free parking is at the rear. Check the Reader for films as they are out of schedule booklets and the June edition is not ready.

Chrisk36 on April 30, 2007 at 10:39 am

Correction, had a senior moment. Meant to address Patiomike.

Chrisk36 on April 30, 2007 at 7:13 am

Alex, really miss this theatre. Logan is my place now for movies as I am on fixed income. Of course, now my grandkids work and pay for their own movies. If I drove I might be going to the LaGrange theatre more often. It’s another good buy but too far for me.

Also the Village Art which is closed now. I dreamed of having my own theatre that showed all the old movies yet again on the big screen. Thank God for the Outdoor Film Festival 7/17 to 8/28

Patiomike on April 30, 2007 at 6:53 am

To Chrisk36, Alex agonized over raising the price from $2 to $3 for a long time. It allowed us to get films sooner after 1st run but we risked losing customers to video. The studios took 50% of the box office, sometimes up front. The cost of renting the prints, licensing, insurance, heat were too much to bear. Then the A/C blew up. I still miss the place. We could have a movie on the screen in less than an hour as we left the booth in ready condition.

Skiparvid on April 13, 2007 at 5:15 am

OK, third try at posting this :–(

According to my wife who lived 1 block West on Irving Park Rd, many of the locals (especially the kids), pronounced the name as,“Pay Show”. A deliberate play on the word, having nothing to do with any other language influence. Skip

Chrisk36 on April 9, 2007 at 5:47 am

I am a Chicago grandmother who took her 4 grandkids to the Patio to see movies like Lion King, etc.

I remember the reason being one of economy and of course loving the big screen and single screen theatres of days gone by. Was the minimal admission a factor in it closing? Believe it was 2 bucks in the 1990’s.

Would a higher admission have averted some of the problems? Just curious.

mp775 on March 20, 2007 at 8:15 am

The Cingular Wireless banner is gone. The marquee still says PATIO RENOVATING.

BartHalleman on March 11, 2007 at 3:36 am

is this theatre for sale or the building?

JimRankin on December 6, 2006 at 9:00 am

There is a discussion of this farther up the Comments, but, no, she was not correct. PAT-ee-o is the proper pronunciation of this Spanish word meaning ‘courtyard,’ in English context.

at1680 on December 6, 2006 at 7:17 am

I grew up in Norridge in the late 50s, early 60s. The nearest theaters were the Patio, MontClare and the Harlem-Irving outdoor theater (hard to believe there was a drive-in theater at that busy intersection!!) Anyway, my mother used to prounounce it the “pay-shee-oh” theater. Was that correct?

Broan on December 3, 2006 at 5:21 pm

Here are photos of this theater.

JimFles on November 22, 2006 at 1:24 pm

thanks much for Barton info!!!!

mp775 on November 20, 2006 at 6:23 am

I’m 99% certain the organ is still there.

JimFles on November 18, 2006 at 4:50 am

There were rumours that the Barton was sold—-broken up for parts etc. This was (or is) a fine example of the Barton product and with the popularity of the organ/silent movie venue, it could help any future operater!![ Especialy in THAT theater—WOW!!]Hope you are correct and it’s still there!!

Life's Too Short
Life's Too Short on November 16, 2006 at 5:01 pm

I looked into the lobby last night. It is in good shape, which is a pretty good indicator as to the state of the entire theatre.

JimFles on November 16, 2006 at 3:44 pm

Is the Barton still in the theater??? Anybody know??

mp775 on November 9, 2006 at 8:50 am


Is this film available anywhere? I’d love to see it!

cpgrow on October 1, 2006 at 7:42 pm

Damn! Oops! S@#*! Yikes! Alright, I think it’s all out now. Where is that chimp when you need him?! Crude, I have never been called. Straight with a captial “S” is what I’ve heard most often. Doesn’t matter. I stand by my entry. The word “ignorant” implies the lack of knowledge and education, which is as inaccurate as you can get when describing the Lou Antonelli I remember. (And for the record, I am more than a “mere” woman. Jeesh!!) As far as the rest of my entry, my words were not meant for one person in particular, but for all the armchair romantics. I saw inaccuracies in the entries and, since I have a personal connection to the Patio, I became a bit irked. (Plus I knew I would get a chuckle out of Lou!) In my entries, my intentions were innocent, although, I admit my sarcasm may have been misunderstood and unappreciated. In my ingnorance, I should have replaced “ass” with “behind” or “bottom”, which I know are the choices I prefer my kids to use.

In the early 60’s, I went to the Will Rogers theater. That was my neighborhood. I remember the stage performances before the movie and the raffles. I think I won a few times. How disappointing it was to go back so many years later and see an ugly strip mall. Unfortunately, I think we all know what the inevitable fate of the Patio is. It would be grand if, as Mr. Wolf writes, “another knight like Alex can swoop in and bring it back.” At least it is comforting to know that as long as this site is in existence, all who visit will be able to read Mr. Antonelli’s tribute to the Patio and Alex K. and know that it is true and accurate. A memory to secure in a scrapbook for posterity. This in itself makes all the emotions and ruffled feathers I seem to have stirred all worth while.

I am signing off, much to the delight of many! But I will continue to return to check on the Patio and her fate. Ciao.