2046 W. Division Street,
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The Biltmore Theatre was designed in 1919 by Alexander L. Levy, who also was the architect of such Chicago theaters as the original Regal, the Brighton Park and the Marshall Square (now the Apollo’s 2000).
The theater was designed in Spanish Baroque style, and its facade was covered in ornate terra-cotta. It also housed a Smith theater organ.
The Biltmore was part of the Balaban & Katz circuit for much of its time in operation, from the 30s into the 60s.
Later renamed the San Juan, as its name might suggest, it featured Spanish-language films.
In its last years, the theater had one final name change, as the Alameda, and presented both Spanish-language films, as well as live stage entertainment.
Unfortunately, in 1991, one of the West Town neighborhood’s most beloved old and longest-surviving movie houses was torn down.
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