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In the last few days, the Julian has been in the demolition process. The church has been gone for some time. It appeared to be a rather simple interior, with some plaster ‘frames’ on the walls, and had a small balcony. I have some photos.
I wouldn’t say so. It’s a lot better than i’d expect for the price. It’s quiet, the prints are usually in good shape, popcorn is fresh. Not the cleanest place ever, but i’ve seen worse. Plus hardly anyone is ever there, so you don’t have to put up with a lot of obnoxious people. And with only one or two people working there, it would be quite easy to sneak in were one so inclined. It’s also a great time capsule of 80s cinema.
Well, the sum includes all the new development. I would imagine proper programming is included.
Correct address was 6225 N Broadway. It was owned by Herschell Gordon Lewis of exploitation fame, along with the 400, and Adelphi from 1967-1972. In 1972, he sold the lease of the Adelphi to Clyde Klepper and Jim Burrows, and 400 and Devon leases were sold to a third party. Burrows and Klepper quickly took on the 400 and Devon as well. In 1974 Bruce Trinz, who had run the famed Clark and son of one of the founders of the Lubliner & Trinz chain, was hired to program the three, which he did for several years. In 1977 the Devon and Adelphi were sublet to Richard Stern, who ran the Wilmette and whose family had been in the business since 1929. In the early 80s Burrows took back the Devon and Adelphi from Stern. The theaters, which were owned by a consortium of attorneys headed by lawyer Samuel Fumel, were deteriorating badly. In December 1984 the roof of the Devon collapsed, and Burrows asked the owners what they intended to do. One of the lawyers replied, “That’s what you have insurance for.” Fumel died in 1984, and soon the other owners were trying to sell the theaters. They sold the 400 in 1986. Tired of all the problems, Burrows unloaded the Devon and Adelphi in 1987. Prior to its demise, the Devon was owned by notorious chicago land bankers Lou Wolf and Ken Goldberg, who also have owned the Granada, Sheridan, Riviera, Uptown, and Marquette, among others. The Devon was finally demolished in 1996. Sources: Chicago Reader, “Three Penny Operator”, February 21, 1997; Chicago Magazine, “The Wrecker”, May 1989
The correct address for the theatre is 1807 S Allport; the listed address refers to the storefronts and building. Since the above links are no longer active, here are some additional ones.
You’re right. The LOC entry said 119 N Clark, I just must not have paid attention.
I haven’t seen Backdraft in a long time, but I know the Uptown in chicago was one of the filming locations.
I’m sorry for the confusion. The chicago historical society’s 1911 street renumeration guide (http://www.chsmedia.org/househistory/1911snc/start.pdf) shows that 176-78 was the old address and 110 was indeed the new address. The bijou dream was 178 and became 114.
There were some other close by theatres, for example the terminal and metro
Both were said to be built in 1916, and there is a listing on the American Theatre organ society page for a Chateau (Vogue) Theater. Hard to say if that’s just another mistaken identity though. Seems likely that they were one and the same. What was your source for the list of theatres in the Mitchell Bros. Chain shown in your comment on the Sheridan entry?
Looks like a McDonald’s.
I’d like to know this too. Recently a large number of interior photos was posted to http://www.cinematour.com/tour.php?db=us&id=6473 . It looks pretty blitzed to me, but you never know.
A chciago reader article on Jim Burrows indicates that it wasn’t actually twinned until December, 1989
A pair of postcard views of the princess
View link Here are a few interior photos.
The real estate is probably just too expensive there. If it weren’t, I would imagine someone like Village would jump on it.
This is because the stage at the Chicago is rather shallow, compared to the Oriental, which had its stage expanded into an adjacent building, or the Palace, which just had a deeper stage to begin with, since it was built as a premiere vaudeville house. Of course, never say never- after all, Todd Rundgren will be playing a concert at the Oriental soon, and I don’t believe anyone’s played there before.
The Dillinger alley is still there, the buildings around it have just changed. View link This shows a diagram of the Dillinger Shooting; the grocery was demolished recently and a coldstone and qdoba now occupy its site. The 3 Penny is still there, twinned. As far as I know, the only theatre just off Argyle was the Argmore, but that closed in the 50s. Perhaps you’re thinking of the Bryn Mawr, directly next to the Bryn Mawr stop? The Century Centre, and all the other theatres you mention are all listed on this site.
Address: 119 N Clark St
Inner City Entertainment ran the Hyde Park after Meridian, which ICE held a stake in.
The Chicago Tribune’s March 13 Arts & Entertainment section contains an article detailing Harold Zook, the Pickwick’s architect. It is available at View link . Registration not required, but I expect that it will only be up temporarily.
A currency exchange now occupies the site.
The site is now a parking lot.
Jazz Age Chicago shows this as having been called the ‘Halster’, although I imagine that is a typo. Status should be changed to demolished.
Here is a photo of the theatre with the neon lit.