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My wife and I went to this Theater many times when living in Berwyn on Scoville mid 1970s. Berwyn was a great town back in those days. We also loved to eat at the Ridgeland restaurant right next door to the Berwyn. X-lent Bohemian cooking for cheap $$………….
I went there a few times back in the early 1960s
I was always told that it was built on an old landfill / garbage dump.
Can anyone verify this ?
Here are true movie Palaces….
Went many times in the 1950s, also the Paradise theater was another favorite.
It wasn’t only TV that killed movie theaters….
It was the clientele !
The Gangs and Thugs that moved into what were once decent neighborhoods was a huge factor.
Anyone rem. the Crawford theater at about 100 s. Pulaski… orig. called Crawford av. back then. It later changed names to the National theater and showed Spanish movies.
It was located just s. of Goldblatts
I can remember a gym on one of the upper floors where Pro Boxers trained ? When a young kid a friend and I went up to see it.
Buying and or restoring any business in Cairo
Would be like throwing your $$$$ in the river there.
It’s a ghost town…. run by gangs.
The Alex was just a short distance from the
Mid West Hotel on the n-w corner of Madison and Hamlin av. The Hotel was said to be the tallest Bldg. west of the loop for many years.
Several years ago,
I saw a Bronze plaque on the front of an old Bld. in Amboy on Main St.
Home of The first Carson Pirie Scott store.
KUDOS to C-T
I must pay high compliments to Cinema Treasures for all the work the people behind the scenes have put into this wonderful site to keep it up and running for several years now. Happy Thanks Giving to all……..
Anyone rem. the Alamo Jewish deli. on the corner.
Was a great place back the.
Bug House square was just across from the Newberry Library. A big time gay hangout back in the mid to late 50s Also some hung at the Alex back then also, for sure!
There was a theater across the st. the Famous….
Funny I never knew of or heard a organ played in the Alamo.
I do know when the Famous was demolished my brother got a bunch of the organ pipes.
Broan Thanks..I rem it being a better site several years back, but this is better then Nuttin !!
How can I get the Cinema Treasures site that
listed the demolished Theaters in IL. and other States with the date they opened and then Demolished ??
Was super interesting to browse….
Don’t believe anything you read “especially nowadays”
and only half of what you see !!!
Can only think it became a must have/build after I moved out of that hood in 1959.
A few years ago……..
I was able to look at the closed and demolished theaters in IL. on this site. Can someone please tell me how to get back to that site again? Thanks,
No enclosed parking, I knew that neighborhood as a kid, friends and I walked everywhere back then.
Would not dare do that now.
The AlexBecame a hangout for gays in the late 50s
A shame this excellent site is dieing like the people that attended the now closed shows as kids back then.
very little activity anymore.
BEWARE, DANGER LURKS ON EVERY STREET CORNER IN THAT AREA NOW AND HAS FOR OVER 40 YEARS !!!!
What a shame,long gone now like my youth !!And all the best theateres.The good old days are history now,in many many ways.
The ALAMO was a nice clean well run theater,
unlike the FAMOUS which was a dirty place.
Another plus was the candy store nextdoor and the
ALAMO Jewish Deli on the corner of Lawndale & Chicago av.
with big Dill Pickles in a barrel for a nickle.
We ate many in the ALAMO while watching the movies!!