Alamo Theater

3639 W. Chicago Avenue,
Chicago, IL 60651

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JAYJay
JAYJay on January 20, 2013 at 6:38 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 4:39 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 2:43 pm

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 9:09 pm

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

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on November 25, 2008 at 4:55 pm

Phone number in 1953 was KEdze 3-0200.

rudyfacchini
rudyfacchini on February 14, 2008 at 10:51 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 4:58 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 5:34 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 6:24 am

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

revlowell
revlowell on October 3, 2006 at 4:19 pm

Does anyone have a photo of the Alamo and/or the Famous?

Angelo
Angelo on April 15, 2006 at 4:28 pm

I remember it well as a kid. It was a lovley theater almost on the order of some of the downtown movie houses. I remember seeing the movie “ Ivy” staring Joan Fontaine there, don’t know why I remember that but it sort of stuck in my memory. I used to take the Chciago Avenue bus to get there.

JAY12
JAY12 on February 19, 2006 at 6:31 am

As a kid i went there many times, it was within walking distance of my house on 500 no. Avers AVE. I rem. the Alamo as being a clean well run theater with a large grandfather clock in the lobby. I also rem. the wash rooms where in the basement with low ceilings and the smokers would write on the celing with soot from a ligher or matches while holding them close to the ceiling. initials etc. I also rem. a candy store right next door where my friends an i would buy our candy, popcorn etc. to take in the show,it was a few cents cheaper.
Also rem. the jewish delicatesin on the corner of lawndale & chi. ave. where we could buy a big kosher dill pickel out of a barrel for a nickel to take into the show

MEDIAMAN
MEDIAMAN on July 22, 2004 at 3:54 pm

My uncle was injured during the last remodelling of the Alamo in the mid 1950’s. It was our neighborhood theater and had an entrance on Chicago Ave. and an exit lobby onto an adjoining sidestreet. The programming in the 1950’s featured 2 double bills per week (second run new films on the weekend, and older films on weekdays). It was replaced by a chain drug store and parking lot along with several other buildings in the same block.