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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.
Oh, that’s good to hear. I never got around to seeing a movie there when it was open.
Based on location. Skokie has had 31 Screens built in the last few years. Also i’ve heard rumblings that a retirement home may be built there. The location is in downtown skokie, and it’s prime for redevelopment, with a good amount of open space. Also of note is that the theater was run by Jim Burrows, who operates the 3 Penny and in the past has operated many old theatres on the north side.
Here is a news clipping of the destruction of the Elm.
Here is the new link for the Skokie as the Niles Center, here here in context, and Here is how it looked in 1963. At closing, it looked largely the same, except that all neon was removed, as were the “Skokie” signs. The marquee was painted burgandy with cream highlights to match the facade. Recent photos are on Cinematour. It seems quite likely that it will be demolished.
I would imagine South Park was coined because King Drive used to be known as South Parkway, and before that Grand Boulevard, so with the new name came the neighborhood name.
Here is a postcard from shortly after the theatre’s opening showing the original flush marquees
Here is a view of a fire department drill being conducted behind the theater by the Skokie Fire Dept in the 60s.
The new link is here
This is the new URL for the photo of the prospect’s demolition.
The Mount Prospect Cinema billymac refers to was located at Rand & Central. It was a triplex and is now the Bristol Court Banquet Hall, 828 East Rand Road.
Yeah, it is strange. I’ve never been there, maybe you have to enter through the mall lot entrance? But anyway, the Cicero address on google brings up all sorts of listings for stores in the mall, but the 77th address only shows the theater, so I would imagine it’s correct. Unless it’s somehow carried over from one of the predecessor theaters, but I doubt that.
I understand that, and it is indeed the listed address, and included in newspaper listings, but the street address is 4440 W 77th. The distinction becomes apparent if you run a search on either address.
Theatre address is 4440 W 77th St. 7601 S Cicero is the given address of the entire mall.