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Are you the organist Jay Warren? If so, welcome! If not, welcome anyway!
Did anyone notice the gallery link on the page Bryan Posted in february? There are some cool historical views, like one from the 60s and an original rendering showing what it would have looked like with its extensive stud lighting, now all removed, working, as well as its original marquee and domes (the two-dome style seems to have been very popular around 1917). Also shows the lobby, which I think is a shoe store now. Not sure if the decoration is still there. Does anyone know what was originally above the lobby? The original plans indicate empty space.
Like I said, I have seen very recent photos of the building, I think that the auditorium is, sadly, too damaged to come back. This is a shame, because it looks like this would otherwise be one of the most unique neighborhood theaters. Also, usually plaster that has been heavily water damaged (as often happens in theatres) literally disintegrates. Even in some of the pre-triplexing photos I posted earlier some water damage is evident, and judging from reports that the basement was flooded, I can’t say chances for survival look good. It’s a crying shame, certainly, but at least some of it lives on.
Better that than a pile of water-damaged plaster dust.
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Images of the theater
Here is a photo record showing the theater shortly after its conversion to a bank.
Here is a photo of Mayor Washington presenting a grant to restore the theater in 1987
This opened in mid-1981, was known as Town ‘N Country Theaters until aquired by Cineplex, facade remodelings on the mall were in 1992, and closed mid-January 2001. It is set to be torn down and replaced by a Dick’s Sporting Goods shortly.
Also notable is that a homemade bomb was discovered atop the roof during a showing of Last Temptation of Christ in 1988. Article Here
Here is the new URL for Bryan’s link. This Trib article states that the Mercury was to be replaced by six-screen Cineplex.
http://www.cotillionbanquets.com/home3.htm is the website for the banquet hall
Since when is Yale primarily an undergrad institution?
So you’re saying a library, drawing no tax dollars whatsoever, with the same retail/condo mix as the theatre plan, which would generate revenue on the full property, would somehow generate more revenue? That’s what you’re all about, right? Makes no sense.
I don’t understand how the layout works. How are they planning on using the original auditorium? How do you put stadium seating in an old auditorium while keeping a closed balcony and using the main floor as a lobby? It doesn’t seem to make sense.
/theaters/1560/ Looks to fit the bill.
Their website was terrible anyway.
Some 1953 views of the United Artists and several other loop theatres are available at Real Chicago: Chicago in the Fifties.
Some 1953 views of the Monroe and several other loop theatres are available at Real Chicago: Chicago in the Fifties.
Some 1953 views of the Loop and several other loop theatres are available at Real Chicago: Chicago in the Fifties. The Capitol building was actually rather attractive in its original design, before it was modernized.
The correct link for my above comment is here
Some 1953 views of the Oriental and several other loop theatres are available at Real Chicago: Chicago in the Fifties. I believe the current marquee is essentially modeled after this one. Recently, due to the open-ended run of Wicked there, the marquee bulbs have been replaced by green ones! It’s a neat effect, cute.
Some 1953 views of the United Artists and several other loop theatres are available at Real Chicago: Chicago in the Fifties. Interesting to see the old marquee, before the more familiar huge wraparound. It must have been a real challenge to make a marquee work around a curved corner entrance.
Here is another lobby view
Here is a nice July 1941 view under the marquee from the Library of Congress
I believe this July 1940 Library of Congress image is of the Monroe.