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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.
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.
You really do run into interesting people when you have an interest in Chicago history! Thanks for posting, Mr. Ure.
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.
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.
Bill introduced in City Council for a zoning change that would facilitate the facadectomy. Story at PlanPhilly.
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.
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?
Site to be redeveloped with row houses. DNAInfo story here. The story doesn’t mention the theater, but the picture matches the street view.
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.
Operating organization terminates lease and intends to dissolve; theater’s future uncertain again. Philly.com story here.
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.
Half-moon doors are cool, but somebody decided to throw a changeup and go octagonal here. (Nods head, thoughtfully and approvingly.)
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.
The Imperial’s old block has been redeveloped with retail. This is how the area looks now.
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.
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.
The latest idea: Planet Fitness. Philly.com story here.
I can remember reading a magazine article from the ‘70s mentioning “an old 20th Century-Fox movie theater” in Johannesburg that had been converted to an indoor shooting range…possibly this one?
Google Street View from February 2014 shows a “For Lease” sign on the Scientology store at this address.
Veteran concert promoter Herb Spivak said this afternoon in an interview on WXPN radio that he is involved with the restoration and that it is nearing completion. Watch this space…
Front page lead story in the Courier-Post! The video in the online version includes an artist’s rendering of the drive-in, dated 1963.
The Second City is expanding into the theater space, using most of it for their training programs. DNAInfo Chicago story here.
Link to story not working. Original story from the Fort Wayne Journal-Gazette here.
Looks like the Orpheum went through an adult phase. IMDB says the movie’s from 1982.