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In the 40s and 50s, this was a second round house, that is, movies played in downtown Chicago, (1st run) then to places like the Berwyn and Olympic. Eventually they made the 3rd run shows. To compete,Berwyn, like others,had low prices until 5pm when they were increased..hey…a family of 4 could save a dollar just by going early.
In 1962 a foreign film buff friend, and I looked into reopening this place to show imported movies. This place had neat sliding seats and we would have been a challenge to Chicago’s World Playhouse and Surf Theater being close to Oak Park, Riverside, and with free parking. Did a personal survey trying to see what support we could get from local resturants. Ans “we don’t want dirty movies around here”. Chalked it off…..good thing
Almost every Sat 40s and early 50s afternoon was either here or at the Annetta. Cost 10 cents….popcorn the same…hey….a cheap way for the folks to get rid of me for a while.
Weekend afternoons at the 40’s Palace featured movies and LIVE ACTS. Admission price for kids was really high, 25 cents compared to the other local places at 10 cents. One of the last films I saw there was 1948s Three Musketeers with Lana Turner.
This was a great kid place in the 40’s……3 features, cartoons and short subjects on Sat and Sunday afternoon.Cost about ten cents. We were upset when the price shot up to eleven.
I grew up in Cicero in the 40-50s. This place was closed as indicated but the lobby display never changed. 1938’s Birth of a Baby was advertised.