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RickB commented about Sourwine Theater on Jan 29, 2015 at 6:35 am

Sourwine and Sauerwein appear to be actual surnames, so my first guess would be that the theater was named for its owner.

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RickB commented about Norshore Theatre on Jan 9, 2015 at 7:46 pm

The Norshore’s opening featured bathing beauties.

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RickB commented about Village Art Theatre on Dec 24, 2014 at 12:28 pm

The Village in 1978: an artistic and financial success, according to Gene Siskel.

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RickB commented about Family Theater on Dec 23, 2014 at 7:28 pm

In the middle of a 1972 story about Chicago’s lower-priced theaters, Dan Rottenberg takes a break to tell a tale about a visit to the Family. It’s completely in keeping with the theater’s reputation. Link; you may have to scroll a bit to center the page in your browser.

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RickB commented about Movies at The Market Fair 10 on Dec 23, 2014 at 1:16 pm

Theater closed December 18; will reopen as an AMC house after renovations, including conversion to stadium seating. The theater’s lease expired and was not renewed, but it’s unclear whether that was the operator’s decision or the landlord’s. Brief NJ.com story here.

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RickB commented about Iowa Theater on Dec 20, 2014 at 8:37 am

The fire occurred in the early hours of May 12, 1975, destroying neighboring buildings as well as the theater. Here is a newspaper front page with a wire service story (site may try to sell you a subscription).

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RickB commented about Gateway Playhouse on Dec 7, 2014 at 6:27 pm

Status should be Closed/Renovating, as the theater is not operating and a nonprofit is working on restoring it. They have raised a good portion of the money they need and have received a post-Hurricane Sandy disaster grant that will go toward HVAC and electrical repair. Philly.com story here.

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RickB commented about Star and Garter Theatre on Dec 6, 2014 at 8:30 pm

From February 24, 1972, a short Tribune story on the Star & Garter’s demolition, with a murky interior picture. The story says that a calendar in the box office was turned to September 1971, an indication of a probable closing date.

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RickB commented about Norshore Theatre on Dec 6, 2014 at 8:24 pm

You really do run into interesting people when you have an interest in Chicago history! Thanks for posting, Mr. Ure.

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RickB commented about Senate Theatre on Nov 22, 2014 at 3:38 pm

From February 20, 1977, a brief article on the Senate’s demolition, treating it as an example of the many theaters torn down in the city’s neighborhoods. There’s a picture, but it’s from microfilm and so not very good. The movie listings on the page are better.

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RickB commented about Howard Theater on Nov 16, 2014 at 7:43 pm

The Howard disappears from the Tribune’s listings around Thanksgiving of 1975, with the last features that I found being a four-walled Sunn Classic double bill of The Outer Space Connection and Toklat. From the advertising style it looks like this was a Brotman & Sherman house in its later years, although the ads for the last couple weeks are generic listings separated from the Brotman & Sherman group.

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RickB commented about Royal Theatre on Nov 11, 2014 at 7:06 pm

Bill introduced in City Council for a zoning change that would facilitate the facadectomy. Story at PlanPhilly.

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RickB commented about Howard Theater on Nov 9, 2014 at 8:17 pm

A little more poking around on the archives site reveals on the FAQ page that it will only be free while it is in beta status, so visit while you can.

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RickB commented about Howard Theater on Nov 9, 2014 at 8:02 pm

From the Chicago Tribune of April 27, 1978, a story on the ultimately unsuccessful attempt to renovate the theater building.

If you didn’t know that the Tribune had its archives online like that, neither did I until a few days ago. Who knows what treasures lie within?

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RickB commented about Chestnut Station Theaters on Nov 7, 2014 at 12:01 pm

Site to be redeveloped with row houses. DNAInfo story here. The story doesn’t mention the theater, but the picture matches the street view.

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RickB commented about Dorset Theatre on Nov 3, 2014 at 9:24 am

Something is way off here…house numbers on Race Street in Cambridge don’t appear to go below 400 and the proper ZIP Code is 21613. As posted, this site maps to the town of Vienna.

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RickB commented about Prince Music Theater on Oct 29, 2014 at 5:31 am

Operating organization terminates lease and intends to dissolve; theater’s future uncertain again. Philly.com story here.

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RickB commented about Blog Hiatus on Oct 28, 2014 at 5:50 pm

Jodar, you may not be seeing the same things I’m seeing, but I think that the work of one particular once-prolific poster is gone from the site. I won’t speculate as to why.

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RickB commented about Della Theatre on Oct 20, 2014 at 6:14 pm

Half-moon doors are cool, but somebody decided to throw a changeup and go octagonal here. (Nods head, thoughtfully and approvingly.)

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RickB commented about Agate Theatre on Sep 18, 2014 at 5:22 pm

One poster here has mentioned in passing two Chicago theaters with external trusses: the Four Star and the Michigan. No pictures showing the trusses though.

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RickB commented about Imperial Theatre on Sep 7, 2014 at 6:45 pm

The Imperial’s old block has been redeveloped with retail. This is how the area looks now.

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RickB commented about Patterson Performing Arts Center on Sep 3, 2014 at 5:37 pm

If you ever go to the Patterson and find yourself needing to take a bus home, it’s easy to figure out where to wait for one.

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RickB commented about Westmont Theatre on Aug 22, 2014 at 6:08 am

It’s unfortunate that nobody seems to have gotten a really good color nighttime picture of this theater, as the marquee has pink and green neon and is huge for a suburban house. This one is all I could find.

The original marquee wasn’t too shabby either.

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RickB commented about Westmont Theatre on Aug 22, 2014 at 5:34 am

The latest idea: Planet Fitness. Philly.com story here.