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Patiomike: Doesn’t the Portage Park Theater have its original organ? Although I don’t believe it’s operational, if you meant that, as well.
The Patio is most certainly not open; that web page is just 8 years old. It closed in 2001, when The Mummy Returns was new to theaters.
The Patio Theatre made an appearance (in vector form) in my comic strip Multiplex today: http://www.multiplexcomic.com/archive.php?name=416
(The two characters in the strip are making a habit of visiting classic theaters in the Chicago area; one is a photography buff, the other a budding classic movie theater buff. Chicago’s Calo Theatre has previously appeared, and they will be visiting more in the future, as well.)
Photography purists will be more interested in this recent gallery (from July, 2009) of Patio Theatre pics at my Flickr account, however: View link
This is not exactly a photo, but the Calo Theatre recently made a cameo appearance in my webcomic, Multiplex: http://www.multiplexcomic.com/archive.php?name=376
(The next strip, #377, shows a bit of the interior, as well.)
I’m glad you noticed. :) I am the writer/illustrator of Multiplex, and I’m here looking up stuff rather often, but I apparently don’t pay enough attention to the news feed.
I love Cinema Treasures! When I first started getting interested in old movie theaters, Cinema Treasures was an absolute revelation to me. It really helped nurture my interest in them, and your members are so eager to share their photos and stories.
If anyone has good-quality photos of the Regal Theater â€" especially of the interior and/or of theater staff, please link to them from here or e-mail me (via my profile)! They would be GREATLY appreciated; I am hoping to draw a comic strip partially set in the Regal Theater.
Photos from the 1940s and later would be most helpful.