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Broan commented about Regal Theater on Nov 9, 2004 at 2:55 am

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“Return of the diva. Photo by Mel Larson, February 19, 1960.
Josephine Baker makes up backstage for an appearance at South Side’s Regal Theater.”

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Broan commented about Astor Theatre on Nov 9, 2004 at 2:41 am

Here is a March 15, 1950 closeup of the Marquee, from the Sun-Times archive. View link

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Broan commented about Yeadon Theatre on Nov 5, 2004 at 8:13 pm

Oh, that’s too bad. The photos look like the place had some real potential, and some very interesting deco/streamline features. I especially LOVE the photos of the curtain being torn away, revealing the colorful deco work- I wonder what else those ugly crtains hid? Silly sixties ‘modernizations’. It sounds to me like if the back wall hadn’t been comprimised, the preservation might have succeeded- is that right?

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Broan commented about AMC River East 21 on Nov 5, 2004 at 2:36 am

There’s over 100 theaters on this site with more than 12 screens…
That said, it’s probably one of the better modern multiplexes, and one of the only ones I don’t dislike patronizing. Also, it shows a good amount of premieres, and it’s a venue for the Chicago Film Festival. I’d say it’s pretty significant.

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Broan commented about Tomahawk Cinema on Oct 31, 2004 at 5:39 pm

Where is this ebay listing? I can’t find it.

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Broan commented about Tomahawk Cinema on Oct 31, 2004 at 5:35 pm

I don’t have any interior photos of the theatre, because the roll of film was damaged. I do have a number of exterior shots though. The interior is pretty plain.

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Broan commented about Hinsdale Theater on Oct 30, 2004 at 3:30 pm

Here’s a link with photos of the theatre. View link

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Broan commented about Academy Theatre on Oct 29, 2004 at 4:59 am

I guess the idea of cleaning up the street for the show really didn’t work out so well.

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Broan commented about Woods Theater on Oct 22, 2004 at 12:56 am

Here is a view down Dearborn towards Randolph with the Woods visible (as well as the Daley Center, entrance to the Dearborn Subway, and Marina Towers… phew! That’s a lot of Chicago in one photo!
And this is that same view now.

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Broan commented about Esquire Theatre on Oct 21, 2004 at 2:10 am

Here are a couple closeup shots from Chicago Uncommon:
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Broan commented about Burnham Plaza Cinemas on Oct 13, 2004 at 11:45 pm

I believe this is a 5-screen, not 6.

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Broan commented about Park Theatre on Oct 8, 2004 at 2:20 am

View link Here is a picture with a portion of the Peerless from December, 2002. I would take this to indicate that it does in fact still exist, although I cannot personally attest to it.

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Broan commented about Vic Theatre on Oct 2, 2004 at 6:30 pm

Actually, the ‘marquee’ you note is a replacement-in the first shot you see the words -Victoria-Theatre- with boards underneath; persumably, this was used billboard-style, and when this had deteriorated enough it was replaced with a smaller, modern billboard and electronic sign, which isn’t really used anymore. The lighter colored brick is where the old billboard was; i’m not really sure why it’s a different color.

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Broan commented about Classic Films Joining Bollywood Features At Des Plaines Theatre on Oct 1, 2004 at 12:07 pm

That’s odd, the rest of my comment disappeared. The photo is from earlier this year; also, the theater’s entry isn’t entirely correct; the only art deco touches in the theater are the marquee and arguably the lobby; the exterior is best described as Spanish Baroque and the house Atmospheric.

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Broan commented about Paramount Theatre on Sep 30, 2004 at 3:46 am

A nice article on the Marquee re-creation, with pictures, can be seen here: View link

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Broan commented about Oakley Theatre on Sep 30, 2004 at 3:01 am

If the above story is accurate, status should be changed to closed/demolished.

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Broan commented about Bryn Mawr Theatre on Sep 30, 2004 at 1:32 am

The theater sign isn’t there anymore, and the produce market is now closed. It looks like the space is now used by a church- there is a small sign and entrance off to the side.

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Broan commented about Apollo Theatre on Sep 26, 2004 at 4:07 am

Here is a quite dramatic picture out of a series of five in the Chicago Daily News collection showing the extent of the damage of the 1907 fire.

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Broan commented about Ford Center for the Performing Arts Oriental Theatre on Sep 15, 2004 at 1:19 am

Research the Iroquois theater. You’ll find a lot of information about it, I guarantee you. The Oriental was built on the same site.

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Broan commented about Fine Arts Theater on Sep 14, 2004 at 9:55 pm

Glad to help. Check out the Facets and Siskel too, they play the really obscure stuff.

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Broan commented about Old Screen Available? on Sep 14, 2004 at 8:06 pm

The Chicago Biograph closed last week, perhaps you could contact Village Entertainment and see if they still have the screens

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Broan commented about Prospect Theatre on Sep 13, 2004 at 2:02 am

Morton Grove maybe?

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Broan commented about Fine Arts Theater on Sep 12, 2004 at 9:43 pm

Ah, yeah, I knew I was forgetting a couple. I saw Steamboat Bill Jr. there. Wonderful hidden treasure, that one.

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Broan commented about Fine Arts Theater on Sep 12, 2004 at 9:06 pm

Yep, Chcicago Reader’s gonna be your best bet. That said, there’s not many operating ornate theaters besides the Music Box. In the suburbs you have the tivoli, the catlow, the york, the pickwick. In the city, the Vic still shows movies, but it’s rather run down since it operates as a concert venue primarily. Beyond that there are some still operating but not in their original form- the Chicago, Palace, and Oriental are the old palaces that now show live shows, the Biograph just closed for good a few days ago, the Riviera is a live venue, the Lakeshore is legitimate, the Park West was once a neighborhood theater, the Portage is closed, twinned, and modernized, the Central Park, one of the first proper palaces, is a church, the Davis, Village and Logan were quadded, the Admiral is a gentleman’s club, the Esquire had a six-screen built where the original house was, the Century now is a mall featuring 7 new screens showing mainly art and indie movies, the Logan Square is a discount mall/flea market, then there’s the closed ones, like the Uptown, Patio, Ramova, New Regal, or last ‘movie palace’ in the city, the McClurg Court… not too many old theaters still playing movies.