Comments from Tim O'Neill

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Tim O'Neill commented about Webster Place Theaters on Sep 13, 2016 at 8:13 pm

Theatre 9 has 107 seats. Theatre 10 has 95 seats.

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Tim O'Neill commented about Cinema Theater on Sep 13, 2016 at 3:33 am

I’m writing this on September 13, 2016. Today is the 35th Anniversary of the closing of the Cinema Theatre.

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Tim O'Neill commented about United Artists Theatre on Sep 13, 2016 at 2:12 am

Hey, Barry. Check out the photo section. I just posted a photo of the auditorium.

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Tim O'Neill commented about 9/29/64 photo via Tim O'Neill. on Aug 11, 2016 at 4:59 pm

Chicago Tribune photo.

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Tim O'Neill commented about 9/29/64 photo via Tim O'Neill. on Aug 11, 2016 at 4:59 pm

Chicago Tribune photo.

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Tim O'Neill commented about McVickers Theater on Jul 31, 2016 at 10:29 pm

I highly doubt there was a James Brown concert at the McVickers Theatre. By 1983/1984, the McVickers was showing mostly kung fu movies. I don’t ever recall hearing about a concert there at the time.

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Tim O'Neill commented about Village Art Theatre on Jun 23, 2016 at 6:55 am

Somebody wrote to me and told me that the Germania Theatre might have opened on June 24, 1916; although he said that is unconfirmed. Does anyone out there know an exact date of the Germania’s opening? I can’t find any ads in the June 24, 1916 Tribune.

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Tim O'Neill commented about Esquire Theatre on Feb 2, 2016 at 10:33 am

GONE WITH THE WIND premiered simultaneously at the Woods and Oriental Theatres. Maybe GWTW played at the Esquire later in 1940; I’m not sure.

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Tim O'Neill commented about Circa 1943 photo courtesy of Philip Wizenick. on Jan 31, 2016 at 11:10 am

February or March, 1944.

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Tim O'Neill commented about Ford Center for the Performing Arts Oriental Theatre on Jan 10, 2016 at 9:52 am

I believe the actual closing date was Sunday, January 4, 1981.

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Tim O'Neill commented about Loop Theater on Jan 8, 2016 at 5:47 pm

STRAIGHT TIME is on TCM tonight. 12:30 a.m. central time. 1:30 a.m. eastern time.

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Tim O'Neill commented about Post 1980 photo credit Saul Smaizys. on Jan 5, 2016 at 12:16 pm

October, 1981.

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Tim O'Neill commented about Woods Theatre opening act photo. Image credit George Krejci.com on Oct 15, 2015 at 3:02 pm

You’re right, David. Maybe the building was completed in late 1917 but the theatre took a little longer to complete in early 1918.

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Tim O'Neill commented about Lincoln Village 1-6 on Sep 26, 2015 at 5:52 am

Paul Fortini: Brotman & Sherman operated the original LV; which would later get triplexed by Essaness Theatres. The LV 1-6 was build by CO.

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Tim O'Neill commented about Adelphi Theater on Apr 6, 2015 at 3:07 pm

https://youtu.be/hDoRf3VQ0zY

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Tim O'Neill commented about McVickers Theater on Jan 6, 2015 at 5:38 am

A 1984 article with some inaccuracies.

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Tim O'Neill commented about United Artists Theatre on Dec 30, 2014 at 11:27 pm

It turns out the United Artists was still in operation as of February, 1988. Here’s a newspaper ad from February 26, 1988. Cineplex Odeon pulled out of there , I believe, in late 1987 and Henry Plitt took it back briefly, if I’m not mistaken.

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Tim O'Neill commented about Broadway Playhouse at Water Tower Place on Jul 17, 2014 at 12:17 am

The Water Tower 1-4 closed in May, 2000. The Water Tower 5-7 closed in November, 2000. Village Entertainment re-opened the 5-7 theatres in August, 2002. Closed one year later.

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Tim O'Neill commented about Webster Place Theaters on Jun 28, 2014 at 4:58 pm

I wanted to correct something in the “previous operator” section of this overview. Cineplex Odeon never operated the Webster Place Theatres. In order, since 1988: M&R Amusement Companies; M&R Loews; Loews; Sony; Loews Cineplex; AMC Loews; Kerasotes; Regal.

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Tim O'Neill commented about Webster Place Theaters on Jun 28, 2014 at 4:53 pm

Webster Place Theatres now have recliner seats. See photo in photo section.

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Tim O'Neill commented about Capitol Theatre on May 27, 2014 at 7:10 am

I did a little newspaper research. The Capitol Theatre closed in 1974.

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Tim O'Neill commented about Nickelodeon on Apr 16, 2014 at 10:24 pm

Kenneth Kwilinski; Do you know if this theatre projects the silent films in 16mm or digital projection? I went to this theatre in 1976 and I’m quite certain it was 16mm back then. I have a feeling it’s digital today. Do you know how silent movies are projected in this little theatre?

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Tim O'Neill commented about Music Box Theatre on Feb 17, 2014 at 12:37 pm

Main auditorium: 2 Century JJs (35mm/70mm). NEC digital projector. 16mm Eastman projector. Small auditorium (Theatre 2): Barco digital projector. Two 35mm projectors recently installed. I don’t know what kind; I will try to find that out and post info later.

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Tim O'Neill commented about Studebaker Theater & Playhouse Theater on Jan 14, 2014 at 12:20 am

Bravo!!! One thing I noticed; you mention the small theatre was renamed the Fine Arts in 1908 and then you mention that the small theatre was renamed the Fine Arts in 1912. Is this an error in naming of the smaller theater?

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Tim O'Neill commented about Studebaker Theater & Playhouse Theater on Jan 13, 2014 at 9:13 pm

We’re not not “bitching” about bad writing; we’re mentioning the fact that the description has way too many historical inaccuracies. For an excellent piece of writing on the history of the Fine Arts Theatres, and other Downtown Chicago movie houses, pick up a copy of “Downtown Chicago’s Historic Movie Theatres”, by Konrad Schiecke. I couldn’t have written it better myself.