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Digitalpast seems to have changed their directory system. View link should be the new URL, but if it expires, simply search for deerpath on digitalpast.org. Some other promotional material from the theatre is also viewable this way.
Think of all the ‘Paramount’ theatres that are still around. Think about the Sears Tower. Any number of buildings retain old corporate identities. One somewhat early example would be the old United Artists in Chicago- It was only owned by UA for a few years, and Balaban & Katz for most of its existence. I really doubt anyone would try to make them change it- if anything, it only enhances the Loews corporate image.
Click the word ‘Here’. It is a link.
The Esquire was gutted and remodeled by the Gelick Foran Associates in 1989. When it reopened, the chain was M&R/Loews. The lobby appears to be mostly the same as it was in the original building. An article on the renovation was published, “The March of Time-the Remaking of Chicago’s Esquire”, Inland Architect, November 1991
I’d agree on the Radio store interpretation; after all, it wasn’t named Radio until 1936 and the photo is clearly earlier
I read in a book today that the Aardvark was originally held in Poor Richard’s, an old town establishment, and later operated out of the Second City space on off-nights
That should be 265, not 299
Jazz Age Chicago shows the Garden on Taylor with a capacity of 299. It shows another Garden on Marshfield with a 1077 capacity.
Here is a photo from the Library of Congres
<http://memory.loc.gov/pnp/fsa/8c00000/8c00600/8c00649r.jpg>Here</a> is a chicago daily news photo of the Regal at night in 1941, and here is a photo of the lobby. Here is the reverse view of the main photo above. Here is the box office.
Here is the correct link for the above comment
Here is a 1906 photo of the Grand Opera House.
I would guess that the theatre was trying to profit from association with the department store, as the Boston, Rose, and Alcazar were kitty-corner from the Boston Store. Also, Jazz Age Chicago shows an address of 79 W Madison for this theatre.
View link Here is a 1911 image of the then-Columbia theatre shortly before opening, from the Library of Congress
View link Here is an interior view while under construction
Interesting, I show the Bell (/theaters/950/) as being located at that address. Perhaps it was rebuilt and renamed?
Jazz Age Chicago shows this as having once been named Esthena
I think the AKA is inaccurate; the Main/Home has another listing on this site as 4815 W Armitage
Photos here: View link
I’d always wondered that too, and when I decided to track it down today, I realized that this must have been it. I had a friend who had worked at the alley, but he was unable to find out if it had been one either. Today I decided to track it down, and I had the most difficult time figuring it out once I realized the address was incorrect, until I realized ‘Claremont’ was a contraction, so I figured it must be in very close proximity, and the Alley certainly fits the image of a 1913, 624 seat house to a T. Thank you for finding that Granada link too- very interesting.
I believe the correct address for the Claremont, named for its proximity to the intersection of Clark and Belmont to be 3228 N. Clark street (a block down from the Buckingham. This is now home to the famed Alley alternative shopping complex. The facade is still very attractive and the ornate ceiling grilles inside are still intact.
The Buckingham, at Clark and Buckingham streets, now has loft condominums behind it, built in 1998. A sporting goods store and a bank are housed in the storefronts. The facade is quite nicely preserved, and the building pays homage to its roots with concrete signs above its garage entrances reading “BVCKINGHAM BVILDING” and “BVCKINGHAM THEATRE”.
Richard, do you have any idea when the Mode recieved its current facade? I only see a sliver of yellow tiling near the top. And do you know how much longer it will be standing? There has been a sign advertising the “Lakeview Station” condo development presumably for that site for some time. It looks like it was last used to sell seating from Wrigley Field. I hope I get a chance to see inside this building before it is demolished. What was it like inside?
http://www.cinematour.com/tour.php?db=us&id=4660 This is one of the most hideous, garish theaters i’ve ever had the displeasure to see photos of.
From the description, this lounge area sounds similar to the setup in the Chicago Riviera
The Straight Dope’s first column in the Chicago Reader, 1973, addressed the Bryn Mawr’s then-successful discount house plan. http://www.straightdope.com/faq/firstcolumn.html