Studebaker Theater & Playhouse Theater

410 S. Michigan Avenue,
Chicago, IL 60605

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DavidZornig on November 8, 2018 at 9:44 am

Companion photo to the one I added to the Photos Section. But the year is 1913, not 1910 as the link below states.

DavidZornig on March 28, 2018 at 6:09 pm

1885 photo as the Studebaker Building added via Raymond Kunst. Also Chicagology link below.

DavidZornig on December 21, 2017 at 10:36 pm

Link about the Fine Arts Building.

DavidZornig on November 14, 2016 at 8:30 pm

Rivest266, the Woods article re-posted here.

rivest266 on November 14, 2016 at 7:35 pm

April 29th, 1933 and December 25th, 1982 grand opening ads in the photo section.

JudithK on March 15, 2016 at 5:28 pm

I believe the Studebaker is being redeveloped into a small performing arts center. Looking forward to visiting it in the future.

Broan on November 27, 2015 at 9:37 pm

I don’t think the Playhouse is open.

spectrum on November 27, 2015 at 9:04 pm

Here’s a direct link to the article at (referenced two comments above):

From that article it looks like in fact both theatres have been restored and reopened (What are now called the Studebaker and the Playhouse)

DavidZornig on November 25, 2015 at 9:30 pm

1915 photo added courtesy of Jori Sobery Curry.

Broan on October 18, 2015 at 1:53 pm

Name should be changed to Studebaker, status to Open

Broan on October 4, 2015 at 10:07 am

Incredibly, in 1917 the Studebaker was closed only 5 weeks for renovations.

DavidZornig on October 2, 2015 at 10:23 pm

Current piece on the Studebaker with great current photos. Copy and paste to view.

Mikeoaklandpark on August 16, 2015 at 3:04 pm

Great news. A theater once more and not demolished or converted into some stupid retail space. :)

Broan on August 16, 2015 at 12:08 pm

The Studebaker is apparently to reopen October 18.

Broan on January 14, 2014 at 11:45 am

The newspapers were a little unclear. “The Fine Arts Theatre” and “The Fine Arts Music Hall” both appear in the Tribune from 1908-1912. I suspect the ‘music hall’ references were talking about Assembly/Curtiss Hall on the 10th floor but it’s not really clear. I’ll take it down and re-edit.

Tim O'Neill
Tim O'Neill on January 14, 2014 at 3:20 am

Bravo!!! One thing I noticed; you mention the small theatre was renamed the Fine Arts in 1908 and then you mention that the small theatre was renamed the Fine Arts in 1912. Is this an error in naming of the smaller theater?

Tim O'Neill
Tim O'Neill on January 14, 2014 at 12:13 am

We’re not not “bitching” about bad writing; we’re mentioning the fact that the description has way too many historical inaccuracies. For an excellent piece of writing on the history of the Fine Arts Theatres, and other Downtown Chicago movie houses, pick up a copy of “Downtown Chicago’s Historic Movie Theatres”, by Konrad Schiecke. I couldn’t have written it better myself.

Tim O'Neill
Tim O'Neill on October 23, 2013 at 12:43 am

I worked at the M&R Fine Arts Theatre 30 years ago. I wish somebody would re-open these 2 historic late 19th Century theatres.

Broan on October 23, 2013 at 12:41 am

Yes, this is a particularly inaccurate and confusing entry.

Tim O'Neill
Tim O'Neill on October 23, 2013 at 12:37 am

Broan; I’m glad you got it right. The author of this page has so much info incorrect.

Broan on October 23, 2013 at 12:29 am

Actually the Playhouse was University Hall until about in 1903, when it was renamed Music Hall and may have gained its balcony, renamed again in 1912, when it was rebuilt as the Fine Arts Theatre which it remained until 1917, when it was renamed the Playhouse, until it was renamed World Playhouse in 1932. Oddly, in 1917, the Studebaker was run by Jones, Linick, and Shaefer while the Playhouse was run by Alfred Hamburger, a competitor.

Broan on October 22, 2013 at 10:57 pm

Here are 1898 views of the Studebaker and the Playhouse (then known as University Hall until the 1916 remodeling)

Broan on October 21, 2013 at 9:17 pm

Here are recent views of the Playhouse and Studebaker

Broan on October 8, 2013 at 11:38 am This year’s OpenHouseChicago features the opportunity to step inside the Studebaker.