Comments from John P Keating Jr

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John P Keating Jr commented about Texas Theatre on Mar 23, 2013 at 10:34 am

Just took a tour of the Kennedy sites in Dallas, and the Texas Theater was a highlight. Lee Harvey Oswald was captured here.

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John P Keating Jr commented about Riviera Theatre on Oct 16, 2012 at 10:07 am

I was in the Riveria during Open House Chicago last Sunday. It is in very bad shape with many bars throught the main floor. The floors are sticky and the whole building is dirty including the washrooms. The balcony still has the theater seats. It seems that the owners are squeezing every pennny form the building and the concert goers have no idea what an elegant venue this was.

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John P Keating Jr commented about Chestnut Station Theaters on Jun 25, 2012 at 6:27 pm

I notice that the vacant lot on the sw corner of Clark and Chestnut has a new agent offering it for sale. It was the site of a post office and later the Chestnut Station Theater.

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John P Keating Jr commented about Center Theater on Aug 20, 2011 at 3:48 pm

I was in the army at Ft Hood in 1956 and 1957. I attended the Center. It must have been new then.

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John P Keating Jr commented about Chestnut Station Theaters on Aug 18, 2009 at 9:55 am

The Jewish center was never built, and the land remains vacant.

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John P Keating Jr commented about Linden Theater on Aug 27, 2007 at 7:51 am

The new Kennedy-King college which is part of the Chicago Junior college system now stands on the site of the old Linden.

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John P Keating Jr commented about Empress Theatre on Jul 29, 2007 at 9:59 am

I never attended the Empress when it was a burlesque house, but I do remember that the performers would cross Halsted Street to go the Halwood Hotel on Englewood Avenue between shows. It was the hotel were they lived.

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John P Keating Jr commented about Halfield Theatre on Feb 13, 2007 at 3:59 am

Sorry, I know of no photos. I can still see the Halfield in my mind though. I grew up at 50th and Peoria. Our local “show” was the Radio at 50th Place and Halsted. Sometimes we would take the walk up to the Halfield. It was a much larger place.

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John P Keating Jr commented about Michael Todd Theatre on Mar 30, 2006 at 3:20 am

When the theaters opened for a short time to play porno films, they were renamed the Dearborn Theaters.

Today I will be visiting the site, which is now the Goodman Theater, to see a David Mamet play, Life in the Theater.

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John P Keating Jr commented about Radio Theatre on Feb 20, 2005 at 9:38 am

My parents told me about the remodeling of the Radio. They said that before the renovation, it was called the Home Theater. It had only one aisle down the center.
John Keting (jpkjr)

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John P Keating Jr commented about Boulevard Theatre on Jan 26, 2005 at 1:10 pm

Most of the movie houses in the neighborhood were controlled by the Schoenstadt Brothers chain. I thought the Arcadia might be one of therir, but it is not listed. My neighborhood places were the Radio and Halfield and they were Schoenstadt theaters.
John Keating

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John P Keating Jr commented about Boulevard Theatre on Jan 26, 2005 at 1:01 pm

I am not familiar with that area on 55th Street. I lived about 10 blocks west on their on Garfield Blvd. which is also 55th Street. I just called a friend of mine who lived in that area. She remembers the Arcadia being there when she moved into the neighborhood in May of 1957. It was on the south side of the street and closed about 1958. She said that it was an old movie theater. She thinks the theater was replaced by a bakery.

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John P Keating Jr commented about Boulevard Theatre on Jan 26, 2005 at 11:47 am

After the Boulevard at Ashland and Garfield Boulevard closed, it became the Boulevard Ballroom which had dancing. John Keating

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John P Keating Jr commented about Radio Theatre on Sep 15, 2004 at 12:21 pm

Nice photo of the Radio on Halsted Street. The “El” crosses Halsted near 63rd Street. The Radio I grew up attending was on southeast corner of Halsted and 50th Place.

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John P Keating Jr commented about Michael Todd Theatre on Aug 26, 2004 at 6:14 am

I heard that when Elizabeth Taylor found out that the theaters were showing porno films, she closed the theaters.

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John P Keating Jr commented about Michael Todd Theatre on Aug 21, 2004 at 4:04 pm

Michael Todd introduced “Smelovision” here with his film Scent of Mystery. Various odors were pumped into the auditorium during the movie.

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John P Keating Jr commented about Radio Theatre on Aug 19, 2004 at 2:48 pm

The Radio Theater is now a store front church. It is housed in the original building.The box office is long gone, but you can still see the indentations on the front of the building where the show cards were displayed.

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John P Keating Jr commented about Peoples Theater on Apr 25, 2004 at 5:25 am

The land has been cleared and is now a new Walgreen store.

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John P Keating Jr commented about Halfield Theatre on Jan 15, 2004 at 7:44 am

You are right. It was a McDonalds. Next door to the Halfield was a custom shoe store. They made shoes for deformed feet and had plaster casts of those feet in the window. The slogan of the store was “Does your feet hurt?” Why they never said do instead of does is still a mystery to me.

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John P Keating Jr commented about Stratford Theater on Dec 22, 2003 at 7:22 am

Neighborhood lore tells that Bob Hope got his start at the Stratford.

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John P Keating Jr commented about Windsor Theatre on Dec 22, 2003 at 7:18 am

Wasn’t the Windsor on the east side of Clark Street? If so there are condos and a Blockbuster store. The Jewel is on the west side of the street.

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John P Keating Jr commented about Waco Hippodrome Theater on Dec 1, 2003 at 3:50 pm

I was in the army in nearby Fort Hood, Texas in 1955 to 1957. I saw “Giant” with Elizabeth Taylor, Rock Hudson, and James Dean at the Waco Theater.

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John P Keating Jr commented about Center Theatre on Oct 8, 2003 at 6:35 am

This picture is not the Roxy Theater in New York City. It is the Center Theater which is part of Rockerfeller Center. It has since been gutted and turned into offices. In later years it became a TV studio for NBC. I once saw the last of the Milton Berle TV showes there.

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John P Keating Jr commented about Halfield Theatre on Oct 7, 2003 at 1:38 pm

I went by there last month. The site is now occupied by a White Castle restaurant.

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John P Keating Jr commented about Landmark's Century Centre Cinema on Oct 7, 2003 at 1:36 pm

A great place to see a movie. All stadium seating. You reach the theaters by escalator or elevators. It is the home of the Chicago Film Festival. It plays independent and art movies.