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“As Hope and Byrne toured, they added more comedy to the act. When Hope found that he had a knack as a master of ceremonies, the act split, and Hope was booked as an "M.C.” at the Stratford Theater in Chicago in an engagement that would be seminal to his career. A master of ceremonies is a host, the link between the performance and the audience-providing continuity between scenes or acts by telling jokes, introducing performers, and assuring that the entertainment does not stop even if delays occurred backstage. Hope was such a success as a master of ceremonies in this Chicago engagement that his initial two-week booking was extended to six months.“
-http://www.loc.gov/exhibits/bobhope/vaude.html which also features a larger version of the photo displayed here, and an ad
It was also once known as the teatro juan fernandez
Does anybody know if the original name of the Mode (Keystone) had a relation to Keystone studios? Likewise for Biograph, Vitagraph
I have photos chronicling the demolition of the Mode. Email me if you want them.
Certainly Paul must have some credibility if he’s been able to be involved in so many projects. A google search shows a number of different projects, and doesn’t neccessarily paint a flattering picture, but certainly there must be something more to the stories.
Address was 680 Lee. The former lobby is still intact. Also interesting to note that the current facade is not the original lobby; when built around 1915 it had a plainer, single story storefront. I believe the street was widened in the 1920s necessitating a new lobby, or it may have merely been a matter of modernization. The house was very long and narrow.
“We are excited to bring this antique chandelier from the Capitol to the nationï¿½s capitol and its celebrated Uptown Theatre, which is such a historic and well-loved landmark for the area”
So excited they forgot how to spell capital?
I think Bruce must be mistaken about the order of names- the photographs linked to on this entry prove that it opened as the Columbia (during construction, during for example), and was later the Adelphi (as in this 1927 view), before being renamed the Clark.
The 1911 Loop Street Address Renumeration Guide shows the address of the theatre entrance to be 11 N Clark and the hotel 15 N Clark. It’s not unusual for a theatre to take on the address of the building its part of, for example, the listed address for the Shubert/Majestic isn’t really accurate, so that’s likely what happened here.
I’d like to thank Bruce for all his important contributions to chicago film exhibition over the years. Although i’m too young to have experienced them, I can appreciate that he played quite an important role.
I think you’re right- from what I can tell looking at the entries, there appear to be three theaters here ultimately called “World”– theCalifornia (1909)/Liberty (1911)/Allies (~1918)/Crescent (~1922)/Liberty (1926)/World (~1949-1953), the Palace/Royal Palace/Royal/Verdi/World(1954-1982), and the 1983-1990s World, this entry. The comments and description from this should probably be moved to the Palace entry, the California needs an address, and this entry should probably be clarified that it refers to the World in the office building
Glad to help! I figured the time period was rather far off, but so it goes. Now, another question I had about the Terminal was this. What was the story with the original Terminal, which still stands? This site lists the Metro as 3306 W Lawrence, one door down from the shown address for the original Terminal. Jazz Age Chicago shows both at 3308. However, the former theatre entrance lies in the middle of a number of stores built with it, correct? So they couldn’t be next to each other. Jim Rankin, in other posts on this site about ‘backwards theatres’ includes an entry, “5) The METROPOLITAN, 3308 W. Lawrence, Chicago, IL (later TERMINAL, METRO)” So, are these in fact the same theatre? I would assume it would have reverted to the Metro name upon opening of the new Terminal. On the other hand, Terminal I is shown as a 1500 seat vaudeville/movie venue on Jazz Age and Metro shown as a 1000 seat backwards venue here, so these are clearly not compatible descriptions… anyone know what the story is?
The Imperial is visible in this photo documenting the 1968 riots. The 4 Star (Wilson) is visible in the distance. Ironically, the signboard reads “Come in, relax, and see a movie in comfort”
In comparing these two photos, I notice that the starburst parts of the marquee are not actually present in the earlier picture. They must be retrofit. Interesting, the older photo looks more deco.
Here is a 1953 photo of the then-bustling Six Corners, with the Portage’s vertical sign faintly visible in the background.
Here is a circa 1929 Photo of Lawrence avenue facing west towards the second Terminal, as well as the Metro across the street.
Here is one from 1919
View link Here is a circa 1930 view of the exterior, looking almost the same as it does now. The updated URL to Bryan’s 1950s postcard view is View link
View link Here is another 1960 view of the interior.
The book “Chicago’s Loop” claims that the Castle theatre on State was the first newsreel theatre in chicago, beginning in 1932
Over the weekend some of the ugly modern facade was stripped off of the attached Riviera Office Building, which stands vacant. Unfortunately the masonry looks to be in pretty poor shape, but perhaps restoration of the facade (maybe the office building will be condo-ized?) and theater as a whole will follow? One can only hope!
Probably a good chunk of SAIC students too
I don’t see how it could be. You can kind of see where the old elements were attached. But it doesn’t appear to be a false front- look in the upper left corner. I think it’s all brick, with the ornament literally shorn off. Shameful.
http://www.goodman-theatre.org/construction_1.asp is the new link to that page
A comparison of the building’s original facade, as the studebaker building, and after its remodeling as the fine arts building can be seen at http://www.ci.chi.il.us/Landmarks/F/FineArts2.html
The Historic American Buildings report on the Granada indicates that this was one of the first theatres designed by Alexander L. Levy.