64 W. Randolph Street,
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Originally named the Schiller Theatre after Friedrich Schiller, the German playwright, poet and philospher, the theater was briefly known as the Dearborn Theatre (1898-1903) before gaining its last name, the Garrick Theatre, in 1903, when the Shubert Brothers operated the legitimate house. The Schiller Building was designed by the firm of Adler & Sullivan in 1891.
In March of 1934, movies took over from legitimate theater at the Garrick when the theater was acquired by the Balaban & Katz circuit. The firm of Rapp & Rapp was hired during the 30s to remodel parts of the Garrick, including the main entrance, ticket booth and lobby areas, in Art Deco style.
From the late 40s and into the mid-50s, the Garrick stage was used for live local (and later national) television broadcasts. In 1957, Balaban & Katz resumed showing movies at the Garrick.
When Balaban & Katz announced it was shuttering the Garrick in 1960 and it would be torn down, there was one of the earliest organized public outcries in Chicago to save an historic building, but it was to no avail, since it was demolished a few months later and replaced with a monstrously ugly multilevel parking garage (that was itself razed in the late 90s).
A large portion of the facade featuring portraits of famous Germans was saved and was later incorporated into the entranceway of the Second City Theater on North Wells Street.
On the same block as the Garrick stood a handful of other theaters, now all gone as well — the Olympic (later renamed the Apollo), the Woods, and the Harris and the Selwyn (whose facades were salvaged and incorporated into the new Goodman Theater, which occupies the former site of the Woods, Harris and Selwyn Theatres).
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