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Broan commented about New Devon Theater on Nov 7, 2011 at 6:24 am

If you scroll up slightly, I said in 2008 (edited), “The Knickerbocker/Devon, on Broadway, opened in 1916 and changed names in 1929 under Essaness. This is the one demolished in 1996.

The New Devon’s architect was Henry J. Ross. The “New” in the name probably distinguished it from the former Devon Theater at 6417 N Clark which had been in operation from at least 1910, and possibly as early as 1905, according to the Edgewater Historical Society. This was located approximately in the parking lot adjacent to the Ellantee/Ridge (hardware store), though its actual site was probably destroyed by street widening and re-routing Ashland.

The Ellantee/Ridge, which is now the hardware store, did not open until 1919, at which point the New Devon closed. The Ellantee/Ridge and was never called Devon and is not relevant to this discussion."

I have uploaded a news listing demonstrating that it was indeed the New Devon, as late as 1916, four years after it opened. There is no evidence at all to show that it was ever called the Devon Theater. Your “true history” is entirely speculative and only adds to the confusion.

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Broan commented about Lake Shore Theater on Nov 6, 2011 at 7:33 am

http://timeoutchicago.com/arts-culture/comedy/15003009/a-first-look-at-chicagos-new-laugh-factory-comedy-club

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Broan commented about Chicago Theatre on Oct 27, 2011 at 10:39 am

http://chicagoist.com/2011/10/26/our_memories_of_the_chicago_theatre.php Here’s a rare photo from when the vertical sign read ABC Great States

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Broan commented about Milford Theatre on Oct 26, 2011 at 10:19 am

http://tribune-files.imagefortress.com/attachment1s/887187/medium_wm/ANR-230-CT_F.JPG?1290820562

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Broan commented about Golf Mill 1-2-3 on Oct 26, 2011 at 10:15 am

http://tribune-files.imagefortress.com/attachment1s/1140614/medium_wm/AIE-757-CT_F.JPG?1295179220

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Broan commented about Park Theatre on Oct 26, 2011 at 10:11 am

http://www.onlyclassics.com/p1714.jpg

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Broan commented about Thalia Hall on Oct 23, 2011 at 11:08 am

http://www.flickr.com/photos/58700769@N08

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Broan commented about Vic Theatre on Oct 17, 2011 at 10:33 am

I added a photo of the old marquee before it was ruined.

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Broan commented about Apollo's 2000 on Oct 16, 2011 at 11:28 pm

Mike Royko worked as an usher here.

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Broan commented about Apollo's 2000 on Oct 16, 2011 at 11:25 pm

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Broan commented about Apollo's 2000 on Oct 16, 2011 at 11:22 pm

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Broan commented about Apollo's 2000 on Oct 16, 2011 at 11:18 pm

Curiously, the Marshall Square had a very similar design to the Howard Theatre, down to the domes (removed at the Howard). But they had different architects.

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Broan commented about Harper Theater on Oct 16, 2011 at 6:19 pm

http://www.archpaper.com/uploads/breaking_ground_10.jpg Rendering

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Broan commented about Harper Theater on Oct 16, 2011 at 6:01 pm

The status should be renovating. The attached building has been fully restored on the exterior and looks great. The 53rd street entrance to the theatre has been re-created beautifully, and the adjacent lobby seems to have been rediscovered. The blue and gold terra cotta on Harper Court is being destroyed, unfortunately. Assuming the exterior is done as well as the attached building, this will be gorgeous when complete.

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Broan commented about Terra Cotta on Oct 16, 2011 at 5:26 pm

The crude conduit seems to suggest that at least some power is going to or from the stud lighting.

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Broan commented about Apollo's 2000 on Oct 16, 2011 at 5:00 pm

They were actually Brenkert projectors with Simplex lamphouses and RCA soundheads. I’ll post a couple pictures later, but they are not too good. Watch Flickr, I’m sure a lot of photos will pop up there.

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Broan commented about Atlantic Theater on Oct 15, 2011 at 4:55 pm

Inside, at least on the first floor, it looks like any other professional building, except with a sloped floor. I didn’t go upstairs, it’s possible that the ceiling may survive above dropped ceilings, but it appears like a pretty total gut.

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Broan commented about Apollo's 2000 on Oct 12, 2011 at 8:47 am

A rare opportunity to visit this weekend during Open House Chicago http://myitinerary.openhousechicago.org/site/85/

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Broan commented about State-Lake Theater on Oct 11, 2011 at 11:52 am

Theatre Historical Society in Elmhurst.

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Broan commented about Logan Theatre on Oct 2, 2011 at 1:50 pm

Architect was Walter W. Ahlschlager, which explains why the building looks so similar to the Davis.

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Broan commented about Harper Theater on Oct 2, 2011 at 7:50 am

They do have their permits now. Status should be updated assuming they’ve started actual work.

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Broan commented about Colony Theater on Sep 27, 2011 at 5:35 pm

It looks mostly intact in this 1984 photo – http://cinematreasures.org/comments?page=1&theater_id=2534#comment-348260 – was the removed plaster just black areas?

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Broan commented about Mars Theatre on Sep 15, 2011 at 8:07 pm

Ah, the elusive 0 screen theatre

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Broan commented about Rivoli Theatre on Sep 11, 2011 at 8:24 pm

I’m not sure I’d trust that scaffolding technique!

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Broan commented about Harper Theater on Sep 11, 2011 at 4:06 pm

They seem to be having trouble getting a permit. They passed review for Ventilation and Refrigeration but were denied Architectural & Fire, Disabilities, Structural, Fire Prevention, Environmental, Electrical, and Plumbing. Not sure how to interpret these. The reviews were completed in early August.