Garrick Theatre

64 W. Randolph Street,
Chicago, IL 60601

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DavidZornig on January 15, 2018 at 8:06 am

Facebook post that has 1960 John Vinci photos of Richard Nickel salvaging terra cotta from the Garrick Theatre building roof area.

DavidZornig on September 4, 2017 at 11:43 am

1959 photo in below Flickr link.

DavidZornig on March 3, 2017 at 2:20 pm

Posted some photos of additional Frederick Almenraeder Garrick Theatre heads I ran across. One in a display currently at the Chicago Cultural Center, in the West corridor on the first floor near the restrooms. History and confirmation of the 1961 demolition included. The other two mounted in a brick wall in the 1900 block of North Lincoln Avenue.

DavidZornig on October 9, 2015 at 9:15 pm

Ran across this in the Ryerson Collection. 4 pages. You need to enlarge them to read them. Copy & paste to view.

DavidZornig on September 10, 2015 at 3:06 pm

Mid `50’s photo added, photo credit John Szarkowski, from his book ‘The Idea of Louis Sullivan’.

DavidZornig on February 10, 2015 at 6:03 pm

Here is a 2011 link with the various places the stone faces from the Garrick ended up, scattered around the city. Copy & Paste to view.

JRS40 on November 7, 2014 at 10:25 am

The last day of operation was May 19,1960. It’s final features were “Masters of the Congo Jungle” plus “When Comedy Was King.”

EricV on March 6, 2013 at 10:11 am

The Chicago premiere for the Krupa story was on Friday January 15th 1960. Trib ad mentions Mineo & Krupa would be on hand to sign “fan fotos.” Mineo also appeared at the theatre on Saturday.

chicagomike47 on September 3, 2012 at 7:09 pm

i saw the premeire of the GENE KRUPA STORY there and got sal mineo’s autograph

Broan on January 15, 2012 at 8:15 am

A cornice fragment from the Garrick is at the Springold Theater Arts Center at Brandeis University in Massachusetts.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on April 14, 2011 at 2:10 pm

Great pictures local 311.Mike local 629.

Paul Fortini
Paul Fortini on December 20, 2010 at 12:07 pm

Some of the facade from the former Garrick Theatre was re-used on the Second City Building. However, not far away, at the intersection of Lincoln Ave & the former Ogden Avenue, some of the busts from the Garrick showed up at this View link building.

Ogden Ave was removed form this area in the late 1960s.

Goethe on August 9, 2010 at 9:29 am

There is an in-depth research article regarding the history of the Schiller/Garrick theater on the following blog:

View link

The focus of the story is actually on determining the identity of the four terra cotta portrait heads which appear on the façade of The Second City in Chicago â€" but it documents the history of the heads from their origin on the Schiller theater up to the time they made their appearance on the “greatest comedy club in the world.”

kencmcintyre on February 4, 2010 at 8:02 pm

Here is an ad in Boxoffice in July 1949. I actually have this movie on VHS. It’s pretty funny, but I suppose they took it a little more seriously back then.

kencmcintyre on February 19, 2009 at 10:32 am

Go to the Tribune site, and there is a theater gallery. I tried to post the original link, but then you end up with the same photo every time.

kencmcintyre on February 19, 2009 at 10:00 am

Here is a May 1958 photo from the Chicago Tribune:

MariaDavis on May 15, 2008 at 6:27 pm

Regarding the last comment that was made (thanks): I did realize that the Garrick was originally called the Schiller, but my thought was that maybe when the new managers took over, the possibility existed that (for whatever reason) they may have decided to name the theater after a different man who was represented among the same relief busts. Just my thought.

melders on May 15, 2008 at 12:16 am

I seriously doubt Garrick, the British playwright, is one of the faces. That is unless he was added on later. The building was built, if I remember correctly, for a German theater group. Most likely all the faces would have been famous Germans. Also, the theater only became the Garrick a decade or so after it was built, so it would seem odd that a British playwright would be on a German theater building. I’m not saying its improbably, just seems unlikely.

MariaDavis on May 14, 2008 at 10:01 pm

Regarding the Second City building: maybe the second facade from the right is David Garrick? Here is the photo again as was previously provided: View link

MariaDavis on May 14, 2008 at 9:42 pm

A thought for consideration: the third facade face from the left in the 1919 photo might be David Garrick, who was a famous British playwright of the 18th century. (Perhaps the original Garrick Theatre facades are not necessarily all of famous Germans.) Here is information regarding David Garrick:

MariaDavis on May 14, 2008 at 9:15 pm

Perhaps one of the famous facade faces was actually a man with the last name of Garrick — this is only my guess. If that’s so, then maybe he was a famous playwright, because there’s also a theatre named the Garrick in London. It would follow to reason that people might want to name more than one theatre (in various locations) in honor of a famous playwright of that name.

MariaDavis on May 14, 2008 at 8:57 pm

Here is a link regarding Johann Wolfgang Goethe, who was also famous and was friends with the famous Friedrich Schiller: View link