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Yes. Thanks so much, Bryan. That’s what I was thinking of. I just remembered it myself today and found the listing on the site. This is an AMAZING website, by the way. Great for people like me who happen to be suffering from severe if not terminal nostalgia. It even linked me to a picture of another movie “palace” that was a second home for me when I was a kid: the Rose Theater in Franklin Park, which was actually a Quonset hut, converted into a movie theater.
I lived on Nordica, about a block south of Belmont, from when I was born until we moved to the suburbs when I was around 5 or 6 years old. The first movies I remember seeing were at the Montclare. “Peter Pan” and “Gentlemen Prefer Blondes” were just a couple of the movies I remember seeing there. Even when we were in the burbs, we’d often hop a bus to Grand and Harlem and see movies there. I think the last film I remember seeing there was in 1967 when they were showing “The Sound of Music”, a couple of years after the movie was released.
I’m no longer in Chicago. Can anyone in the Chicago area help with the name of a tiny movie place that used to be in Piper’s Alley down in Old Town? We used to hang out there during the 60s and they’d show things by Andy Warhol. The name just escapes me. Anyone who can help, just email me at