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THe marquee light could always be seen from my house on 59th as a kid. The theater always hinted of its past grandure. the balcony was seldom open it seemes as a kid except for the annual christmass party where it was a full house. the exit door right next to the mens room also made sneaking a few buddies in very easy.it finally closed and was reopened as a concert hall but complaints soon shut that down. i remeber it had a brief opening as a flea market at one point as well . sadly it appears to be an empty shell as well with gerties abandoning its long standing original location as well.
the marquette was an old favorite as a kid on the southwest side. the incredably small restrooms down a few steps in the middle of the main isle were interesting as well as peering into the remnants of the old band pit. my grandmother remembered seeing bob hope there as a young woman.also a quick ride down kedzie got you to the colony and then the brighton if you were up to the challenge of all three.