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Wow – what great posts! I remember Leo, and I’m sorry to hear that he’s pass on. My first “real” job after college was at the Evanston bank, and I lived at Dad’s house for a while – I would drive over to the El to go to work and there would be Leo. Also, I remember him from all of the Cubs games my brother and I would go to (you know, in ‘67 before they fouled up baseball with these silly divisions and the Cubs moved to first place for real for a while).
I also fondly remember that I used to love to ride my bike around the “block” at Chestnut when I was a kid (yeah, crossed Green Bay road, etc. – man, would mom get mad!). It took forever! In fact, Frank, I’m curious – I won’t post a last name, but are you from a large family that lived in a nice house on the north side of Chestnut? If so, I remember playing a lot of softball on the side lawn with you guys (and you all gave me a hard time for going to Catechism class on Sundays while you all went to St. Francis during the week).
And Paul’s records! Wow – he used to be on Wilmette Ave. across from the Encyclopedia Britannica building before he went down to the Teatro area (or do I have that backwards? – having a brother ten years older and going everywhere with him in the summer sometimes messes up the details). Real nice, always helpful to me when I was getting albums for mom and dad for Christmas (hey, no guessing any sizes that way).
Finally, wasn’t there a Peacock’s in the del Lago area? For those of us that used to go to Homer’s for shakes, malts, and such, Peacock’s was like sneaking off to date someone else – a little different, even disloyal in a way.
Sarah – No, I don’t live in Chicago area anymore (sob). The Union Pacific (yes, the one deMille named the movie after) has me in Omaha now. Oddly enough, while working for major railroad (or two, depending on how you count mergers), I’ve become a multi-engine flight instructor. Go figure…
Let me re-state that last post – the theater re-opened later than I indicated. I meant, how was it used about the time frame of ‘65-'67?
Does anyone know how the the theater was used during the ‘60’s before it re-opened (around '65-'67)? I remember looking at some sort of studio stills in the poster frames. They never seemed to change, and it was always the subject of much speculation when we would go to Baskin Robbins next door.
Sarah – I knew your last name was familiar! Your brother and I met at Howard when the “Central” and “Logan” kids went to Junior High together.
In any case, my fondest memory of the “Teatro” was great flicks and the best popcorn ever. One of my odder memories of the theater was the poster for “It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad World.” I never saw the movie until I was in my late 30’s but for some reason that poster stuck. The only reason I can determine is that “Mad” magazine (a staple in our house for many years due to the ten years between my brother and me) issued one of their many specials called “A World, World, World Mad”.
One more memory – my mom worked for the bank that sponsered the annual Christmas movie at the theater. Always went to ‘em.
On a whim, I thought I’d check out my favorite Saturday movie house from my youth, and here it is! I can’t even think of all of the Three Stooges shorts that I saw there, along with who knows what other Saturday Matinees. I do remember “Robinson Carusoe on Mars” in particular, for some reason. BTW, Sarah – do you have a brother Tim? I think I went to school with him.