Adelphi Theater

7074 N. Clark Street,
Chicago, IL 60626

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on August 6, 2014 at 6:03 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.

Chris1982 on April 30, 2014 at 12:09 am

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

dancindoug on August 12, 2013 at 11:29 am

Hi Bob,

I currently have 76 Doris Day videos on my YouTube channel Sneaky Guy ( 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 on August 10, 2013 at 8:18 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.

Blessedtwoday on July 27, 2013 at 10:13 pm

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

timbottcher on May 9, 2013 at 2:48 pm

My childhood home was about two blocks west of the Adelphi on Estes Ave. As the text notes, by the time I was going to the movies it was mostly showing second-run films. I think you could see a cartoon and a double feature there for a buck. My most memorable experience there was seeing “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory” (1971). It was probably the only time I saw kids and their parents in a line that wrapped around the theater down Estes. I saw a lot of flicks there and other nearby theaters, including the Nortown on Western Ave. and the Grenada on Sheridan Rd.

Cinemaven on April 22, 2013 at 7:29 pm

It somehow went to a sad waste, Not only demolishing the once grand cinema. But leaving it as mere empty space.

Paul Fortini
Paul Fortini on March 17, 2013 at 8:59 am

I rode past the Adelphi site on the Metra recently. It’s still a pit and whatever steel beams the builders did erect are gone now.

Life's Too Short
Life's Too Short on July 27, 2012 at 2:24 pm

I went by here a few weeks ago and was sorry to see that nothing has been done with the site. While this is a personal matter for us architecture fans it is not uncommon. There are unfinished projects from the boom all over Chicago. I remember going to the Adelphi in the late 80’s and early 90’s. It was kind of a dump at that point, and I’m sure the ten years after that didn’t help. But at least it filled the lot and was rented out for the occasional Bollywood film.

cubdukat on July 18, 2012 at 10:22 pm

And so the hole remains to this day…

krisluck on April 30, 2010 at 4:35 am

Bill and I are putting together a memorial site for the adelphi theater. If anyone has pictures that would like to see posted on the site or memories they want to share please e-mail me at If you have photographs that you would let us scan and post, please send them or visit us at QUEST – 7301 N. Sheridan Rd. in Chicago. The memorial site is

Thank you,

Tim O'Neill
Tim O'Neill on November 26, 2009 at 3:00 am

I worked as a projectionist at the Adelphi from Feb. 1993-Oct. 1994. It was one of the last projection booths with carbon arc lamphouses at the time. The late great Don Klein (1937-1999) operated the theatre. He tried to keep the place open as long as he could, but he finally relented and sold the business to Indian film exhibitors in 1995. I wish Don was still alive today. He’d be on the Cinema Treasures website 24/7. He really loved old-time movie houses. Working there was interesting, sometimes depressing, other times just downright scary. There were a couple of shootings near the theatre. Rats? Oh yeah, BIG ones. Attendance? Sometimes it was good; other times okay; and there were really slow weeks. The theatre was up and down; sometimes classy films; other times cinematic trash. It was one of the last of it’s kind: a double-feature theatre with 2nd-run prices. I really miss this theatre. I was hoping it would make it. It’s the type of theatre I miss working for: a single screen theatre. Well, as Don Klein said to me shortly before he died: “Let’s face it, Timmy, there’s just no place in this world for guys like me and you anymore.” P.S. If anyone is interested, there is a liquor store across the street from the Adelphi. It used to be a small movie house called Archibald’s Casino. Thank you for trying, Bill Morton. You and Don would’ve been great friends.

DavidZornig on April 14, 2009 at 4:05 pm

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Broan on March 19, 2009 at 9:49 pm

Here is a link to the story:
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DavidZornig on March 19, 2009 at 8:39 pm

Recap: The news piece that aired last night on NBC, basically covered the neighborhood’s frustration over the giant unfinished hole in the ground that was once the Adelphi Theater.

They ran a quick clip with a vintage pic of the building and marquee. And did mention the Adelphi by name.
Then it went into the various political donations that the developer had made to the current Alderman, and those in the ward’s of their other past developments. A practice the current Alderman apparently previousy frowned upon.

The story further implied that various re-zoning (to a 5 story structure in the Adelphi’s case), and other permit issues were suspect due to ANY donations given to a ward’s Alderman.

Didn’t quite catch what happened to cause the developer work stoppage at the Adelphi site.
But it apparently has left an in-ground foundation with rusting steel beams, and a chain link fence around the entire site for two years.
As well as exasperated neighbors who just refer to it as “the hole”.

DavidZornig on March 18, 2009 at 3:37 pm

FYI. I believe there is a Carol Marin news piece about the Adelphi property on tonight’s, (March 18th) 10 pm NBC Channel 5 newscast.
It’s titled “Hole In The Nieghborhood” or something similar.

DavidZornig on February 25, 2009 at 7:48 pm

Thanks, Got it! Great Pic. I see now that it was actually three ushers inlaid on the sidewalk, standing at the ready.
A unique design feature that should have been harvested before the demolition. Thanks again.

Life's Too Short
Life's Too Short on February 25, 2009 at 7:42 pm

Look through the Flickr links I put up last year. There are some pictures of the sidewalk in one of those galleries. Can’t remember which one.

DavidZornig on February 25, 2009 at 7:37 pm

Does anyone have a link to an old picture of the foyer sidewalk out front?
The name Adelphi & an inlaid image of a uniformed theater usher, adorned the sloped, terazzo floor out front.
The usher resembled the old Phillip Morris cigarette character.

mmgmice on November 18, 2008 at 1:00 am

I worked at the Adelphit starting in 1958, were I met my wife to be.
We are still married today. I started as an usher & she was a candy girl. We both worked are way up the corporate ladder to assistant manager & head casher. The manager at the time was Howard Lambert.
I still remember the dark & spooky basement. I would have to go down there & stoke the furance in the winter. Also the candy was stored down there in the tin lined ice room ( ice was stored there for the air conditioning before central air). We even found a stalk of popcorn growing out of a crack in the floor, with little or no light.
One of my jobs as an usher waqs to change the canopy for the new movies. It took a 14' step ladder and a lot of streching in rain, snow, & ice. OSHA would not have approved.
We still keep in touch with several of our coworkers. We have many found menories of the Adelphi. Would love to hear from any customers are former employees from 1958 – 62
Mike & Joan Williamson McGovern

Life's Too Short
Life's Too Short on February 18, 2008 at 10:16 pm

This just keeps getting better:

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Life's Too Short
Life's Too Short on February 18, 2008 at 10:14 pm

Here is a second cool Adelphi photo on Flickr:

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