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The Portage was closed by the owner. He could have remained open with the liquor license in limbo but chose not to. The city does not set the meter fees, Daley sold the meters to a private company.
It opened exclusively at the State-Lake through June 26, then went wide the next week.
http://blog.chicagohistory.org/index.php/2013/04/well-see-you-at-the-movies/ This blog post indicates that the Alcyon was the basis for Siskel & Ebert’s WTTW program.
On the West Side, maybe. There are some nice ones on the South Side.
Tinseltoes, I think that must be the Drake theater, I see no other Ascher theaters opening 1925-1926 and the pictured theater has no balcony.
Article with nice photos about the Palace’s lighting system
Here is a 1926 view featuring the Randolph’s State Street marquee. In 1920, Jones, Linick, and Shaefer bought out a vacant site on state for a new second lobby cutting through to the Randolph.
Looking at the demolition photos, it looks like the Oak’s interior had already been gutted – bare brick walls and open ceiling beams. Is that right?
I was never there, but the sanborn maps indicate no balcony.
As noted in earlier comments, Mason Rapp of Rapp & Rapp did remodeling work in the 1950s.
A group waiting to see Houdini
The Gaelic was on 47th.
Contained 100 200-watt lamps and 18 60 watt lamps.
An early article with photos
There are good areas and bad areas of Garfield Park. This is not a bad area – there’s business and new development. How are you judging danger?