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The Independence was renamed the Road Theatre in the late 30s, and operated well into the 40’s, according to Beatrice Shapiro’s book on the Lawndale community.
The Pioneer Lounge & Billiards was never known as the NEW APOLLO Theatre.The building across the street, at 1540 N. Pulaski, was the New Apollo, opened in 1913,and it still has the name scrolled in stone.
The architect is Reginald Geare, who also designed several West Virginia theatres.
Some of your data on the Ramova theatre is incorrect. I have done an exhaustive study on the Ramova(Chicago)in 1991,and have obtained the architect’s drawing & a 1932 photo of its original marquee. Myer O. Nathan is the architect, and it had 1200 seats. Check with THSA.