United Artists Theatre

45 W. Randolph Street,
Chicago, IL 60601

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Trolleyguy on May 9, 2018 at 8:12 am

The much maligned Block 37 has been completely developed and also includes a mainstream movie theatre, the AMC Dine In Block 37.

DavidZornig on January 20, 2018 at 8:02 pm

July 29, 1965 photo added credit Roland Anderson.

DavidZornig on August 7, 2017 at 7:34 pm

6/24/66-7/22/66 photo, source unknown.

DavidZornig on June 7, 2017 at 5:40 pm

5/15/64 -6/04/64 photo added credit Saul Smaizys.

Trolleyguy on September 13, 2016 at 7:43 am

My neighbor Joe was the manager of the UA towards its closing. He told me that in 1973, a long-term run of “The Exorcist” was helping keep the doors open while the other Loop theatres were showing Kung Fu and Blaxploitation films.

Tim O'Neill
Tim O'Neill on September 13, 2016 at 2:12 am

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

barryinperth on September 13, 2016 at 1:36 am

Why are there no auditorium photographs posted? I’m keen to see what the interior was like.

DavidZornig on April 29, 2015 at 7:44 pm

1962 photo added courtesy of the John Chuckman Collection.

DavidZornig on February 18, 2015 at 6:44 am

Additional demolition photos added. Photo credits John P. Keating Jr.

WayOutWardell on January 31, 2015 at 7:14 pm

Re: the nightclub next door, Flo’s Kit Kat – there’s a short film called “Dance Craze” on YouTube filmed at Flo’s, including a scene of the swinging girl outside.

RobertR on December 31, 2014 at 6:01 am

What awesome signage and to think now how AMC makes the outside of their locations dark and marqueeless.

Tim O'Neill
Tim O'Neill on December 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.

rivest266 on March 5, 2014 at 4:54 pm

1927 ad in photo section.

chicagomike47 on September 9, 2012 at 9:10 pm

i saw the world premeire of NORTH BY NORTHWEST there, and got alfred hitchcocks’s autograph

CSWalczak on February 29, 2012 at 7:44 pm

I was referring to the photo at the top of the page that is part of the photos gallery for this page, not any photo posted by bkrefft.

chicagokid on February 29, 2012 at 3:31 pm

The photo by btkrefft clearly showed “Woman’s World” at the Oriental. “Anatomy of a Murder” was a 1959 release and was not in the photo about which I commented originally.

DavidZornig on November 22, 2011 at 5:26 am

That did it, thanks!

RickB on November 22, 2011 at 5:17 am

This should make the Oct 11 link clickable. When adding links to comments I generally copy and paste the sample line from the how to make links on Cinema Treasures page and replace the data. Although it should be possible to duplicate that style on the keyboard for some reason it doesn’t always seem to work for me.

DavidZornig on November 22, 2011 at 4:58 am

Greetings CSWalczak. Your embedded link from October 11, 2011 still does not work for me.

CT Administrators have indicated that there is some specific manner in which links have to be embedded within posts, since the website revamp.

The link likely still works outside of CT, but there is no way to click on it within your CT post. It just appears as a jumbled sentence. It will not highlight when clicked on. I presume it cannot be added to the Photos section, because it is a link with more than one photo. And not a specific photo file or whatever.

According to CT, it is the manner in which it is embedded.

CSWalczak on November 21, 2011 at 9:37 pm

I checked the link I embedded in my comment of October 11, 2011 and it appears to be working.

The photo that shows “Middle of the Night” playing at the United Artists also shows that “Anatomy of a Murder” was playing at the Woods; then Mayor Richard J. Daley tried to ban the film’s showing within Chicago because of content some considered at the time to be taboo, but he and the then Chief of Police were overruled.

chicagokid on November 21, 2011 at 7:54 am

The photo from btkrefft was taken in 1954. The film playing at the Oriental was “Woman’s World,” starring Clifton Webb, Lauren Bacall and several other prominent actors/actresses of the time.

DavidZornig on October 11, 2011 at 3:26 pm

The embedded links don’t seem to work. Any way to add the pics or links to the Photo section at the top of the page?

CSWalczak on October 11, 2011 at 3:16 pm

The first two photos are of the interior of the Chicago United Artists on this webpage: http://www.rphillipsphoto.com/gallery_art/movie_theatre/index_5.htm

The headnote should be revised to reflect that a commercial and retail complex finally was erected on Block 37 after years of false starts, revised designs, and financial wrangling. The proposed multi-screen cinema is not, at least as of 2011, a part of it, but there is much vacant space within in it and it still might happen one day, though not likely at any time soon.

figaro14 on October 11, 2011 at 10:30 am

Any interior shots of the United Artists?