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Here is a view of the back wall of the theater building seen from the Bryn Mawr “L” stop, with the name of the theater still barely visible.
A 1920s postcard view of the Bertha can be seen here.
A pre-restoration view of the exterior of the Oriental can be seen here.
A current photo of the former theater building can be seen here on the website of the architectural engineering firm which is now housed in the building, which barely resembles the photo above.
This postcard view of the Garrick Theater dates from 1908. To the right of the Garrick stands the Borden Block, which was the first collaboration by the firm of Adler & Sullivan (1879-80). It was torn down in 1916 to make way for the Woods Theater.
Here is a 1930s postcard view of the Clark Theater and the adjacent Hotel Harding (formerly Planters, which it was later renamed again).
ktmcging, here is the photo I posted 7/15/05 of the Park in the background. Not sure how long it will last this time.
An ad in the 1/29/27 dated Chicago Tribune placed by the Mandel Brothers department store reads:
“We congratulate the owners on the completion of the beautiful PATIO THEATER, Irving Park Blvd. and Austin Ave., which opens tonight.
All decorations, carpets and draperies were executed by experts from our hotel and contract department".
I noticed too this past weekend when I was driving thru the parking lot of the Meadowbrook shopping center the theater looked out of business. It looked like there was paper over the front doors.
TimeOut Chicago marks the 30th anniversary of the closing of the Uptown Theater.
An undated view of the Castle (it’s marquee is just visible in the bottom corner of the photo) can be seen here.
Cohan’s Grand Opera House can be seen in the center of this photo, to the right of the City Hall Square Building, which contained the Palace Music Hall, later renamed the Erlanger Theater. Every building in this photo has been demolished except for the Burnham Center (formerly the Conway Building) in the background, and the City Hall-County Building, a sliver of which can be seen on the far left hand side of the photo.
You’re right Brian, Men’s Wearhouse is housed in the building that once was the Orpheum Theater (later Kitty Kelly Shoes and more recently, Burger King). A check on the Cook County Assessor’s page shows the building at 112 S. State is 118 years old, while the next-door building at 114 S. State (now housing Ulta) is “only” 80 years old (built on the site of the Bijou Dream Theater).
Here is a photo of the site of the theater after its demolition in August.
A 1940 photo of the Portage Theater can be seen here. I wish that vertical sign was still around but I think that was gone already when I started going to the Portage as a little boy in the early 70s.
You can see the holes where lightbulbs where once attached to the facade. Also, in the center of the half-circle window can be seen what’s left of the support beam for the long-gone vertical sign.
A view of the Piccadilly’s lobby from 2000 can be seen here.
A 1950s photo with the Tiffin in the background can be seen here.
From the 11/19/11 NW Indiana Times “Glenwood OKs Contract To Demolish Theater”
David, the links embedding is working correctly as you can see here but people aren’t using the correct process to post links within posts.
When this theater was screening Indian movies, it was called the Sri Lamar.
Here is a circa-1910 postcard view of the Star & Garter.
A 1940 view of the State-Lake can be seen here.
Maybe it had something to do with the prohibition of representing the human form in art in Islam. Still, you’re right, it could’ve been removed and replaced by a plain keystone rather than destroyed.
Here is a photo of the demolition of the Edens in 1994.