Comments from mp775

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mp775 commented about Nortown Theater on Aug 9, 2007 at 10:28 pm

Sure, but eventually, it didn’t serve enough neighborhood folks to continue operating.

The buses wouldn’t help much, either. Let’s say 2,000 people came to an event on a Saturday evening. Half of them paired up in cars – that’s 500 cars, which would be difficult but possible to accommodate between the Mutual Bank parking lot and on-street parking around the neighborhood. The other 1,000 people have their choice of four buses that run every twenty minutes. Assuming everyone goes in each direction equally, it would take over an hour before everyone gets on a bus.

Of course, there is no shortage of cabs in the neighborhood (even though they usually have their “Off Duty” lights on today), but having that many people hail cabs at the same time comes with its own set of problems.

mp775 commented about Nortown Theater on Aug 8, 2007 at 5:39 pm

This is the first I’ve heard of the “structurally unsound” label. I do know that Patel initially did want to save the theater, but the cost of mechanical upgrades was prohibitive. The interior, except for the downstairs auditorium, was consmetically in good condition a year ago, though much of the ornamentation had already been removed years before.

Not only is it easier to fill a smaller venue like the Tivoli or Portage, but you need a place for them to put their cars, too. A 2,000 seat neighborhood house is an anachronism; if a theater is large, it has to be a regional destination. The Tivoli has on-site parking, and the Portage has a municipal lot half a block away. The Nortown is in the middle of arguably the worst parking mess in the City outside of Downtown. Two small screens serving the local populace will work a lot better there.

mp775 commented about Dayvue Theatre on Jul 23, 2007 at 8:59 pm

The building now houses Saratoga Printing.

mp775 commented about Chicago Theatre information help on Jul 23, 2007 at 4:22 pm

The neighboring Selwyn and Harris theaters were indeed built; they’re listed here under their later names of Cinestage and Michael Todd. Their façcades are still standing; the site has been home to the Goodman Theatre since 2000.

mp775 commented about Midway Theatre on Jun 28, 2007 at 1:27 am

Midway Theater – please e-mail me at Thanks.

mp775 commented about Warwick Cinemas on Jun 25, 2007 at 3:38 pm

Yes, but they are actively raising funds to build a new facility on Leggs Hill Road.

mp775 commented about Uptown Theatre on Apr 20, 2007 at 2:36 am

Some of the terra cotta pieces were falling to the street a few years ago. The City of Chicago pitched in and removed pieces to repair and store them; they will be reinstalled. See posts above from around October 2005.

mp775 commented about Villa Theatre on Apr 17, 2007 at 3:33 pm

The Villa is featured in the documentary Preserve Me a Seat by Apartment 101 Films. The new floor is just wood platforms; the original auditorium floor is completely intact. Dr. Adib said in the film that he wanted to leave as much as possible intact so it would be possible to convert it back to a theater someday. If he did not buy the building, it would have been demolished.

According to the film, the sign did not work and was damaged when Adib moved it. The estimated cost to repair the sign was $70,000.

mp775 commented about Fair Theatre on Apr 2, 2007 at 12:11 am

It’s a shame that the owners thought the porn niche was strong enough that they could jack up the price so much. I guess they thought that none of their audience would be content just watching at home. I still think they’ll do better with Bollywood at any price than they did with porn at $9.

I’m not sure what you mean by “The Fair is nowhere.” The Fair will actually still be there. I’m not interested in the management’s well being, either, but theaters are businesses, not social service organizations. It’s a shame that you would rather see the building torn down than stop showing porn and kung fu.

mp775 commented about Fair Theatre on Apr 1, 2007 at 5:14 pm

pmullins, I have nothing against the Fair’s current patrons or porn itself, and from the thread and articles I’ve read, I was under the impression that patronage was pretty sparse. Porn kept a lot of our theaters going because there was no demand for anything else. Now it’s a dwindling niche market. I’m happy that the management is keeping the theater going and adjusting to the demand rather than eeking it out with porn for a couple more years and then selling out to a developer.

mp775 commented about Fair Theatre on Mar 29, 2007 at 8:53 pm

How is Bollywood a bad thing? Their current business plan of porn, camp, and third-run mainstream films doesn’t seem like it’s drawing many customers, while the nearby Eagle, at least when I passed by the place regularly a few years ago, is packed.

mp775 commented about Pickwick Theatre on Mar 27, 2007 at 4:28 pm

The Pickwick will be hosting a benefit for the Des Plaines Theater Preservation Society on Thursday, April 12 at 8:00 P.M. Acclaimed theatre organist Jay Warren will accompany The Pawn Shop starring Charlie Chaplin (1916), Never Weaken starring Harold Lloyd (1921), and Sherlock Jr. starring Buster Keaton (1924). Visit for more information.

mp775 commented about Des Plaines Theater on Mar 27, 2007 at 4:25 pm

There will be a benefit for the Des Plaines Theater at the Pickwick on Thursday, April 12 at 8:00 P.M. Acclaimed theatre organist Jay Warren will accompany The Pawn Shop starring Charlie Chaplin (1916), Never Weaken starring Harold Lloyd (1921), and Sherlock Jr. starring Buster Keaton (1924). Visit for more information.

mp775 commented about Patio Theatre on Mar 20, 2007 at 3:15 pm

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

mp775 commented about Uptown Theatre on Mar 20, 2007 at 2:36 pm

Geo, for a more recent peek inside the Uptown, watch the trailer for last year’s Uptown: Portrait of a PalaceView link

mp775 commented about Proctor's Theatre on Mar 19, 2007 at 6:08 pm

This theater is featured on the cover of this month’s Bus Ride magazine, as part of an article on Wade Tours.

mp775 commented about Apollo Theatre on Mar 1, 2007 at 7:20 pm

Current photos of the Apollo

mp775 commented about Copernicus Center on Feb 27, 2007 at 7:09 pm

The theatre description should be updated; the Gateway hasn’t been the home of the Silent Film Society of Chicago since the Portage reopened last year.

Sadly, Sportif, the jewel box bicycle shop across from the Gateway that Paul Fortini mentioned a year ago, has been a vacant lot for a few months.

mp775 commented about Chicago Uptown update? on Feb 22, 2007 at 3:14 pm

I’m not sure what you have heard most recently, so I apologize if any of this is old news. The City has been shopping around for a new owner to renovate the theater, and entertainment giants Live Nation and AEG were supposed to submit proposals in December. Meanwhile, owner Robert Lunn still isn’t selling, and the City is considering condemnation proceedings to take possession of the property. Again, this information is two months old, but I hope it helps.

mp775 commented about Apollo Theatre on Feb 19, 2007 at 12:41 am

I rode by the Apollo today, and it looks a lot better than it does in the above photo. The marquee has a new-looking sign that says “Apollo Banquet Hall,” though the phone number is unchanged from before. The front of the building, including the ticket window, looks beautiful. Unfortunately, the windows are covered with black fabric, so one cannot see inside.

I’m not sure if the mural changed, but the one on the building now is in tribute to all Latin-Americans, not just Mexicans.

mp775 commented about Portage Theatre on Feb 10, 2007 at 9:37 pm

The Portage Theater is on MySpace! Stop by and send a friend request…

mp775 commented about Logan Theatre on Jan 24, 2007 at 8:26 pm

Screen (at least in Theater 3, but I think they’re all about the same) was a good size. I noticed no obvious problems with the picture or sound, but there was one abrupt scene change that was probably a bad splice; I won’t know for sure until it I see it again on video. There was also one crying baby in the auditorium – but my wife hustled him out to Ladies' Lounge very quickly :).

mp775 commented about Highland Theater may be lost on Jan 24, 2007 at 5:11 pm

Sadly, it isn’t that surprising. The Leroy in Pawtucket, RI was torn down just ten years after a half-million dollar restoration. I’m sure there are countless other examples.

mp775 commented about Demolition of DuPage Theatre gets underway on Jan 17, 2007 at 1:25 pm

I’m a bit confused. The Friends website says it was updated January 13, yet it bears no mention of the demolition. Isn’t this event of minor importance to a group that is supposed to be raising funds to “restore” the theater?

mp775 commented about Bel-Air Drive-In to be demolished for a shopping center on Jan 17, 2007 at 1:07 pm

Certainly the same was said of drive-ins when they began to supplant traditional movie theaters.