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RickB commented about Lincoln Village 1-6 on Apr 22, 2015 at 3:00 pm

Alderman has OKd a plan to convert the theater into a storage facility and turn its parking lot into a park. DNAInfo story here.

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RickB commented about Central Park Theatre on Apr 22, 2015 at 2:55 pm

Named by Landmarks Illinois to their 2015 Most Endangered Historic Places list.

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RickB commented about Savoy Theatre on Apr 2, 2015 at 3:22 pm

Here is a photo of the theater as the Towne, after closing.

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RickB commented about Follies Theater on Mar 29, 2015 at 12:03 pm

Link to the Tribune’s story on the Follies fire.

On November 14, 1974, the Follies was one of four Chicago adult theaters targeted by a bomber or bombers.

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RickB commented about Prince Music Theater on Mar 10, 2015 at 6:02 pm

Followup story with more programming plans and an interior picture here.

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RickB commented about Prince Music Theater on Mar 8, 2015 at 5:29 am

Film Society of Philadelphia buys the theater with $8 million in funding from a foundation. The venue will continue to be available for live shows; it will reopen March 18 with The Last Jimmy, a hip-hop musical. Philly.com story here.

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RickB commented about Lansdowne Theatre on Mar 2, 2015 at 4:02 am

Up next: some exterior work and a campaign to get a liquor license. Philly.com story here.

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RickB commented about Metropolitan Opera House on Feb 24, 2015 at 6:00 pm

The Met was damaged by two serious fires in the post-WWII years. On February 5, 1948, flames caused $165,000 in damage to the balconies. This was followed by a four-alarm fire on April 11, 1950, that rose from the base of the stage to the roof and caused an estimated $200,000 in damages. (From Billboard, April 22, 1950, p.25.)

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RickB commented about Patio Theatre on Feb 22, 2015 at 12:44 pm

Under contract for a sale to Eddie Carranza, per DNAInfo.

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RickB commented about St. James Theatre on Feb 15, 2015 at 11:27 am

The St. James is the red brick building right next to the Mayfair. Perhaps it never got its own postcard.

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RickB commented about Kings Theatre on Feb 4, 2015 at 5:16 pm

From CBS News, a 22-picture slideshow, including some from Matt Lambros.

I’m just glad that we can still make things like this happen.

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RickB commented about Sourwine Theater on Jan 29, 2015 at 4:35 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 5:46 pm

The Norshore’s opening featured bathing beauties.

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RickB commented about Village Art Theatre on Dec 24, 2014 at 10:28 am

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 5:28 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 11:16 am

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 6:37 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 4:27 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 6:30 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 6:24 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 1:38 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 5:43 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 5:06 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 6:17 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.