Adelphi Theater

7074 N. Clark Street,
Chicago, IL 60626

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The Adelphi, built in 1917 for the Ascher Brothers circuit, was designed by local architect J.E.O. Pridmore. The theater stood on Clark Street at Estes Avenue in Chicago’s Rogers Park neighborhood.

In the 1930s, the Adelphi received an Art Deco remodeling. The theater was modernized during the 1940s and again in the 1950s. It began to show second-run features starting in the late 1960s, and closed briefly in the early 1980s, after several years screening Spanish movies.

In the mid 1980s, the Adelphi reopened as the North Shore Theater, but was again known as the Adelphi when it began to show East Indian films and became the premiere venue for Bollywood features in the Chicagoland area, despite its down-on-the-heels appearance both inside and out.

The Adelphi closed in January 2002. Sadly, the still-viable theater was demolished in January 2006.

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Blessedtwoday
Blessedtwoday on July 27, 2013 at 7:13 pm

I remember going to see “Beat Street” there in the 80s. Great theater. Breaks my heart that it’s closed.

dancindoug
dancindoug on August 10, 2013 at 5:18 pm

I was born in Evanston, IL in 1943 and grew up in Rogers Park. I lived at 1904 Pratt Blvd. from 1943 to 1953. My family then moved to Arlington Heights. I was just on You Tube (channel name, Sneaky Guy) and was watching a scene from the 1953 Doris Day film “Calamity Jane,” which I had uploaded. I actually saw “Calamity Jane” at the Adelphia as a young boy of 10. I saw many films there as a child on a Saturday morning. Back then (back in the day) you got to see a double feature, a cartoon, and a short serial that kept you coming back each week, all for 25 cents. You could then go to Walgreens drug store on Clark and get a REAL chocolate malt for another 25 cents. In those days there was only air conditioning in theaters, drug stores, and supermarkets. Wow… that was 60 years ago and Doris Day is now about 90 years old.

dancindoug
dancindoug on August 12, 2013 at 8:29 am

Hi Bob,

I currently have 76 Doris Day videos on my YouTube channel Sneaky Guy (www.youtube.com/user/SneakyGuy999). There is some controversy as to whether she was born in 1922 or 1924 so that’s why I said she’s about 90. The date you cite, April 3, 1924, is the most prevalent date given for her date of birth on the Internet.

dancindoug
Doug

Chris1982
Chris1982 on April 29, 2014 at 9:09 pm

There was another Adelphi Theatre at 11 N.Clark St. in 1926 that seated 1550.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on August 6, 2014 at 3:03 pm

Chris: the earlier Adelphi Theatre is listed here as the Clark Theater.

An ad for Pittco Store Fronts (a division of Pittsburgh Plate Glass Co.) in the June 29, 1935, issue of Motion Picture Herald featured photos of the Adelphi’s entrance before and after the remodeling designed by Mark D. Kalischer.

Farbfilmfan
Farbfilmfan on April 4, 2015 at 12:34 am

When one enters “ Adelphi ” in the search bar for Cinema Treasures all that comes up are two theaters that are not in the United States — one in Rabat, Malta and one in London, England. I got here to the Adelphi theater in Rogers Park not by way of the Cinema Treasures search bar but by leaving the Cinema Treasures website and instead Googling “ Adelphi theatre Chicago ”. The Adelphi in Rogers Park was where my Aunt took me and my cousin in, I believe, the summer of 1957 to see James Stewart play Charles Lindbergh in the film “The Spirit of St. Louis” I was 9 years old at the time and it was only my 2nd visit to a movie theater and only the 2nd feature film I’d ever seen. I was quite impressed and had a hard time sleeping that night as scenes from the film replayed in my head all night long. Rogers Park was my grandparents neighborhood and was where my Aunt, as their child, had grown up. The Adelphi was her childhood theater. My Aunt, my cousin, and I were visiting from out town and staying with the grandparents that summer.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on April 4, 2015 at 1:01 am

Fabfilmfan: Initial search on Cinema Treasures brings up a page listing only theaters of a given name that are currently open. To see a list that includes all the theaters of that name that have been closed you must go to the lower left of the map and click the link reading “All Theaters.” Here is the full page for the name Adelphi.

That said, there are still issues with the site’s search. Sometimes entire cities are missing from the drop-down menu and I, too, resort to Google to find their pages.

Farbfilmfan
Farbfilmfan on April 4, 2015 at 10:53 am

Thank you Joe Vogel. This afternoon I re-visited Cinema Treasures and discovered this “currently open” default to the search bar, but still did not notice the various tabs at the bottom of the map that would let me filter search results. Thank you for pointing this out. In my initial search last night I didn’t know the Chicago/Rogers Park Adelphi had been closed and in fact, demolished.

Tim O'Neill
Tim O'Neill on April 6, 2015 at 3:07 pm

https://youtu.be/hDoRf3VQ0zY

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