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this ‘71 oriental theatre photo says it all about the downfall of downtown Chicago moviegoing that happened then. “Rated X by all-white jury”. (And $1.69 steaks @ Ronnie’s !)
the balcony is open. I saw a movie at the Vic a month or two ago and the main floor area was closed-off and seating was now only in balcony (not sure why all this was but really doesn’t matter). Really neat IMO though, because the railings, staggered seats, lighted steps were still in their original style. At the low admission price the film was a terrific deal
tickets are sold-out now (though they same some will be available at the door right before showtime) for this Saturdays live performance by film director John Carpenter together with his son @ Thalia, of their music compositions for his films and more (I’m taking my son ernie there)
in 1975 that’d be dear old Dad offering his art for sale on pegboard stands I usually helped him with, at the annual Belmont/central art fair, one of many Chicago neighborhood weekend art fairs common at the time (like Gold Coast, Old Town, Harlem-Irving, Golf Mill, etc) from spring to fall
i can see, and feel myself as a boy of 10 walking right there, from wimpys on the sidewalk to rarcoa (now Harlan j berk) past clark theatre and giving brief thought to their movies. the building now standing on the northeast clark/Madison corner could never be remembered by anyone…..like this
I find it interesting in of course a stupid way that 2 blocks south from here you have the Harlem-Irving Mall where every last square inch obviously is at a retail development premium, but here the defunct norridge theatre parcel takes years before somebody gives a hoot about using it. the old RE adage “location-location-location” at its most bizarre
after a little pondering I’ve decided this particular photo says all that ever needs to be said about the Loop Theatre
good riddance. the mayne stage only caused me (& mrs) grief
this old photo says a mouthful – FINE ARTS – FALLOUT SHELTER – TRIPLE ADULT SHOW $2. (….only in Chicago)
the store there closed for good yesterday and had a farewell, although there’s still some activity there today
it was in the ‘80s—not the '70s as stated in the theatre overview—the razing of the times theatre & adjacent bldgs. for the strip mall. The neat THSA photo showing Leonard Seed store right next door reminded me that I shopped there myself in the early '80s, when it was a handyman fix-it shop. Also there was a Foot-So-Port shoe store there too I liked (they re-located to by the portage theatre in subsequent years)
I took my young sons Charlie & Ernie here for the first HOME ALONE movie. I still drive right by every couple weeks and that hibachi royal buffet restaurant that occupies the old theatre space looks to do a bumper business. If you walk through the gangway alongside the building that connects to the south (rear) parking lot anybody can easily notice the emergency exits still there that’re typical of theatres
the new NEW REX images were certainly an unexpectedly pleasant surprise for me to see. I have this exact area of Chicago ‘under my fingernails’ from my ‘50s – '70s youth, having gone to D.R. Cameron grade school right there a couple years. I could tell you every little thing about every little place nearby. Yet I was too late to attend this theatre, it had closed, and my late father had but passing recollection of its open operation. All that said, I have to say this building location is as odd as they come for a movie theatre IMO, which may have something to do with its rather short-termed longevity (astonishing that over its lifetime it was even totally rebuilt). Who would go to Grand & Lawndale to see a movie?
the 2556 address street number to me makes much more sense (than 2542), from remembering the Mars in the mid-‘60s
that’s quite a stunning color chrome from the ‘50s of the old Maxwell street neighborhood, which I first visited as a young boy around then (1959?)
the Shapiro Dance Studio, available for wedding rentals too. I think the marquee will remain, somehow, to open late this year?
your recollection has summed-up a boys weekend pleasure budget of those beautiful old days excellently! but would I have bought THREE popcorns?
that’s a beautiful color photo (transparency) of the 1951 Woodlawn theatre because it also includes the streetcar there. In 1966 I took the CTA el to the Jackson Park terminal with my buddy Ernie V.
a 1948 relatively casual photo but rare IMO nevertheless for its color process. the Cinema Treasures website was born to showcase these precious images (plus discussions). today I work at a company just a few blocks straight west
i particularly like this old photo because besides the Carnegie theatre it also obviously shows the yearly labor day event – the gold coast rush street art fair and that means a lot to me because my late father exhibited his fine paintings for sale out on pegboard type stands just like that, with me (or one of my young sisters) at his side each day to assist. his usual spot was @ delaware & wabash but then they moved him to rush & pearson
by coincidence I saw L&G The Rolling Stones there at the Carnegie (6-track sound)
i can’t say enough about this photo, for me it has it all. daley (civic) center block before demolition including hong sue gai chinese restaurant, randolph/wells elevated station in distance, average guys on street wearing hats
films playing @ UA and Woods are their dying days kung-fu or grade-Z horror titles, not that I can legitimately criticize because I went to see them
I don’t remember the Main theatre back then here but in the 1980’s – early ‘90s I’d visit this address frequently when it was home to a locksmith shop run by the late Mr. Arthur Youngblood and his wife. While he may’ve been the cranky sort somehow I was probably the type to soften him up and he wound up being a big help to me servicing locks. When he passed on another neighborhood locksmith Bob Gruber & sons over on Central ave bought up his considerable stock (and for a short time Mr. Youngblood lived on, for me anyway). Now Mr. Gruber’s gone too and it’s Aguilar & sons (at the central ave locksmith store)
that’s me that speck in the distance, off to the right. no the other one. I remember seeing Bon Voyage at the State-Lake with my beloved Uncle Johnny, when was it, 1961 or thereabouts? A real yawner from Disney unfortunately, my uncle’s snores (we were up in the balcony) proved it. I think we went to see this one on the strength of Disney’s previous Swiss Family Robinson which we liked. I know the little window up on the old Lake Elevated State St station this photo was taken from, as I did the same thing in the ‘70s. A better downtown vantage you couldn’t ask for.