Alamo Theater

3639 W. Chicago Avenue,
Chicago, IL 60651

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JAYJay
JAYJay on November 23, 2016 at 11:16 am

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……..

GFeret
GFeret on November 23, 2016 at 10:41 am

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(they can’t crop that)

GFeret
GFeret on November 23, 2016 at 10:40 am

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

https://www.facebook.com/northwestchicagofilmsociety/photos/a.188403531178757.46145.186264588059318/531624763523297/?type=3&theater

GFeret
GFeret on November 23, 2016 at 10:36 am

‘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:

https://www.facebook.com/northwestchicagofilmsociety/photos/a.188403531178757.46145.186264588059318/531624763523297/?type=3&theater

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

Broan
Broan on November 23, 2016 at 7:54 am

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

JAYJay
JAYJay on November 22, 2016 at 6:01 pm

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

JAYJay
JAYJay on November 22, 2016 at 5:40 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
JAYJay on November 22, 2016 at 5:35 pm

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

Broan
Broan on November 22, 2016 at 3:39 pm

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

Broan
Broan on November 22, 2016 at 3:38 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.

JAYJay
JAYJay on November 22, 2016 at 3:35 pm

How can I get the Cinema Treasures site that listed the demolished Theaters in IL. and other States with the date they opened and then Demolished ?? Was super interesting to browse….

Broan
Broan on November 22, 2016 at 3:14 pm

I would guess that would probably be a few spots at a small auto-repair type garage in the area, not a parking ramp like you might picture.

JAYJay
JAYJay on November 22, 2016 at 2:21 pm

GFeret Don’t believe anything you read “especially nowadays” and only half of what you see !!! Can only think it became a must have/build after I moved out of that hood in 1959.

GFeret
GFeret on November 22, 2016 at 1:23 pm

yes it must have had enclosed parking because the Alamo ad in a 1960 newspaper theatre listing (the one I’m looking at is 3/25/60) says just that

JAYJay
JAYJay on November 22, 2016 at 12:03 pm

No enclosed parking, I knew that neighborhood as a kid, friends and I walked everywhere back then. Would not dare do that now.

GFeret
GFeret on November 22, 2016 at 11:48 am

the old chicago newspaper theatre section print listing for the ALAMO said ‘enclosed free parking’. really? enclosed? enclosed where I wonder

JAYJay
JAYJay on January 20, 2013 at 3:38 pm

What a shame,long gone now like my youth !!
And all the best theateres.
The good old days are history now,in many many ways.

JAYJay
JAYJay on June 18, 2011 at 1:39 pm

The ALAMO was a nice clean well run theater, unlike the FAMOUS which was a dirty place. Another plus was the candy store nextdoor and the ALAMO Jewish Deli on the corner of Lawndale & Chicago av. with big Dill Pickles in a barrel for a nickle. We ate many in the ALAMO while watching the movies!!

rockvito
rockvito on October 6, 2010 at 11:43 am

i lived on monticello av til 63, the alamo was demolished in late 62 and replaced by a national til store that didnt last long the building was demolished and the land was vacent til two years ago.Im looking for pictures of the alamo or the famous,

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0123456789 on August 12, 2010 at 6:09 pm

This was a Balaban, and Katz Theatre, and opened October 1,1930.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on November 25, 2008 at 1:55 pm

Phone number in 1953 was KEdze 3-0200.

rudyfacchini
rudyfacchini on February 14, 2008 at 7:51 pm

I GREW UP ON MONTICELLO AVE ACROSS FROM THE ALAMO THEATER PARKING LOT. IF ANY ONE HAS QUESTIONS ABOUT THE ALAMO ,OR THE NEIGHBOR HOOD CONTACT ME BY E MAIL.I lIVED ON MONTICELLO AVE 1947 THUR 1970.
My e_mail

GFeret
GFeret on December 6, 2007 at 1:58 pm

ALAMO Theatre photo, somewhat vintage, but clear w/ full vert. sign.

Where? www.olafire.com website, news & photos tab, ‘happier times’ pull-down, arrive @ ‘chicago nostalgia’ photos. Voila!

Melodance
Melodance on August 30, 2007 at 2:34 pm

If I’m recalling correctly, this theatre also had an adjoining bowling alley.

This was our alternate movie theatre as we were closer to the Tiffin, but I certainly recall going here depending on the movie being shown.

GFeret
GFeret on January 12, 2007 at 3:24 am

ALAMO had a sideways auditorium. I saw THE 10 COMMANDMENTS re-release there in early ‘60s on Sat. matinee. Crowded it was.