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The Park is now the site of a Church’s Chicken.
Streetcar 103 is a West Towns Streetcar. Those streetcars “ never ” crossed Austin Ave. The line ended on the WEST side of Austin.
The address and location is correct. The photo was taken from the west side of Austin and is looking east / north east.
Does anyone know what if anything is left of the auditorium as it still appears to be intact. On the Racine side there is a cleanng store built into the rear of the auditorium.
Sometime in the mid 60’s I recall shopping in the area with my parents. After a bit of nagging, they reluctrantly made a special stop for me so I could go in and look around.
At that time it was some type resale store – possibly Goodwill. It still had the high ceilings (but hanging florescent lights had been installed).
The room was designed so the walls narrowed and you could easily make out where the screen would have been (the building was not a box).
I do recall when you entered the building, you walked on a tile floor initially. The lobby wall was removed so the building was one big space. As you continued into the former auditorium, the floor soon became wood. My guess is the incline was still there and the wood floor was a quick way to level the area for retail use.
Just confirming.. YES … The Salvation Army building in the photo is the former theatre.
The Theatre was located on the southwest corner of Central and 22nd street. If I remember correctly, it was a beauty school, for teaching Womens hair styling.
I knew I had this ticket somewhere…. and finally found it…
As mentioned above, the alley east of Cicero at one time ran all the way to Belmont until Walgreens was built. The west wall of the theatre bordered the alley.
The Rock dances continued into the late 70’s.
The Building was owned and operated by Dan Belloc, former band leader and music & record promoter. His name appears on many hit songs including ‘ PRETEND ’ by Nat King Cole.
The last ‘ BIG NAME ’ Big Band to appear here was The Woody Herman Orchestra circa 1976 – 77.
It was NOT a nostalgia concert although they did play a few of their 1940’s hits. The orchestra mainly performed their current style which consisted of Jazz & Jazz Rock – with some 1970’s pop hits of the day ( Jazzman, Alone Again Naturally, Superstar, Where is the Love ) etc. While a few probably tried to dance, it was more of a concert and most everyone just stood on the dance floor listening.
When the Embassy Ballroom sold and ran their official last on Sept 27, 1981, their regular Big Band Dancers were informed the dances would continue at The Holiday Balloom.
Those dances continued until the late 80’s when the ballroom was raised for the New – Jefferson Park terminal expansion.
Another view of the Milford Theatre and Ballroom
Postcard view of the inside of the Milford Ballroom
Finally a photo and a name ! ! ! !
The Logan Square Theatre can be seen on the front page and it is also the photo of the month of October in the NEW / C.T.A. calendar.
The Auditorium stood were the incline to the subway is now. Obviously an OLD photo as the side sign is still advertising Vaudeville. You can see it was no SMALL theatre! My Guess is the east end of the building was flush against the remaining buildings.
You can also see it in the background here of photos logansquare07 and crt223 .
Correction…. Johnny Burke instructed me to print 3950 on the flyers and newspaper ads for our 1981 dances.
The above link will display several Embassy Ballroom tickets.
During demolition, I found a whole roll of them just laying on the office floor. (These few came loose from the roll over the years.)
Note.. The tickets were probably never used because they were incorrectly printed with… 3940.
The above heading address for the theatre is also incorrect.
The correct address for the theatre / ballroom s/b 3950 w. Fullerton as that’s the address owner Johnny Burke instructed me to print on the flyers for our 1984 dance.
If any one wants a few tickets.. contact me for my address and then just send me a SASE.
The photo in the link posted by Ken mc http://tinyurl.com/d62rot is the New Apollo Theatre on Pulaski Rd just south of North Ave. It’s now a banquet hall. See Cinema Treasures posting for New Apollo.
correction to my post above….
I wrote —– The Ticket booth (with the dancers) and the original theatre marquee remained intact until the late 70’s. The marquee with all its flashing lights was regularly used announcing the name of the current orchestra appearing.
Since the trollybus line on Fullerton was still in operation when the street widening and marquee removal happened, my comment “late 70’s” s/b late 60’s or very early 70’s —– as the trolleybus operation continued until 1973.
I was just there Friday visiting friends who operate the Casa Loma.
The theatre facade looks almost exactly like it does in the photo at the link below. The word CINDERELLA is still visible in the 2nd floor window.
There are 2 older photos at the above link also.
The store front on the corner is now a tax refuned business, one of 4 tax return businesses in the theatre block.
The neighborhood still has a lot of vacancies. But, there are also a lot of rehabs taking place saving the beautiful old houses, along with many new “ independent businesses ” opening —– coffee shops, restaurants, book stores etc.
The Casa Loma Ballroom is also going strong with dances and private events. Plenty of info and photos at… www.casalomaballroom.com
btw – big thanks to BWCHICAGO for assisting me in telling me how to post these tickets and share them with all of you.
Well.. it took me a year and a half, but I found them.
To clarify the last post and why many people still think the Theatre was the store.
You are Correct — The Steinberg & Baum store was located one block north – on the same site of the Post Office.
The Bel Park was used as Steinbergs warehouse.
After Steinberg closed – The theatre was cleaned up and opened as The Golden Tiara Banquet Hall. I assume it failed to attract banquet business due to parking limitations ( no private parking lot). Thus – since the 80’s – its been exclusively a Bingo Hall.
As of this posting— The Gas station has been leveled and the site is vacant except for the old Mobile sign thats still standing. Theres also another sign on the ground announcing – comming soon — WALGREENS
Take a ride to ABT in Glenview. Until the 1960s ABT was located on the corner of Wolfram and Milwaukee (next to the Lobby). ABT has a photo of the old store and the DAlE — now renamed the ROUNDUP.
Looks like a publicity photo for the theatre because theres a cowboy on a horse and lots of kids. I’m sure they will make a copy if you ask them.
The Avaloe was demolished in the mid 60’s and now the gas station that was built in it’s place has also been demolished. Once I find them, I’ll post a photo of Avaloe tickets found during demolition.
The Theatre was demolished in the mid 60’s. I had looked inside once just prior to demolition. There was a big doorway – possibly for loading and un-loading built into a side wall. It was rather small and the floor had been leveled.
Demolition was around 1966 – 67.
Although the theatre had been long closed, just prior to demolition, it was reopened for one day and a final farewell Vaudeville program was presented on a Saturday night. Fortunately my parents took me there to see that show.
While the theatre was dirty, musty and obviously not used for several years, my fond remembrance was finally seeing the towering NORTH CENTER sign lit for my first and last time.
The Restaurant occupies only the lobby entrance. The main auditorium is used as a warehouse.
I recall it was once a carpet company. During the 70’s I looked inside and there was a wood floor – built above the original slanted floor which still remains.