Alamo Theater

3639 W. Chicago Avenue,
Chicago, IL 60651

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Alamo Theatre, 1937

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The Alamo Theater was opened in early-September 1926. It was closed in the early-1960’s and was demolished in 1962.

Contributed by Ray Martinez

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Broan on November 22, 2016 at 6:38 pm

The Alamo opened in early September 1926 for the Lynch circuit, which was under Balaban & Katz/Lubliner & Trinz control. It was planned under the name “Vogue Theater” but opened as Alamo. Architects were Hooper & Janisch and the theater had a three manual Kilgen organ. It was remodeled in 1938 to plans by Roy B. Blass, with a new White Way marquee, stainless steel front, black granite corners, and a new managers office. In 1952, owner Arthur Sass alleged that B&K had strongarmed him into giving them a 25% interest, threatening to build a competing theater across the street and shutting him out of product if he did not comply.

Broan on November 22, 2016 at 6:39 pm

Jay, scroll up on this page, click Illinois, then click “Demolished” below the map on that page.

JAYJay on November 22, 2016 at 8:35 pm

Broan Thanks..
I rem it being a better site several years back, but this is better then Nuttin !!

JAYJay on November 22, 2016 at 8:40 pm

There was a theater across the st. the Famous…. Funny I never knew of or heard a organ played in the Alamo. I do know when the Famous was demolished my brother got a bunch of the organ pipes.

JAYJay on November 22, 2016 at 9:01 pm

Anyone rem. the Alamo Jewish deli. on the corner. Was a great place back the.

Broan on November 23, 2016 at 10:54 am

William T. Hooper was architect and F.W. Janisch the structural engineer. Hooper and Janisch did not do much theatrical work.

GFeret on November 23, 2016 at 1:36 pm

‘especially nowadays’ certainly does not apply here regarding enclosed (free) parking for the old Alamo theatre, simply because we see it stated in this vintage 1960 (after you say you’d moved away from the neighborhood) Chicago newspaper theatre section listing. Look under Alamo Theatre @ 3639 Chicago Ave there (after you’ve copied & pasted the link to access) and see for yourselves:

I remember the tearing down of the Alamo a few years later (I remained in west humboldt park through 1981 and wish now I could pinpoint just where that enclosed theatre parking may’ve been, having worked @ Rock-Ola nearby), though as a boy didn’t attach a great deal of importance to the loss

GFeret on November 23, 2016 at 1:40 pm

(the link again since it appears cinematreasures site has strangely cropped off the right side of my post):

GFeret on November 23, 2016 at 1:41 pm


(they can’t crop that)

JAYJay on November 23, 2016 at 2:16 pm

KUDOS to C-T I must pay high compliments to Cinema Treasures for all the work the people behind the scenes have put into this wonderful site to keep it up and running for several years now. Happy Thanks Giving to all……..

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