Circle Theatre

3211 W. Roosevelt Avenue,
Chicago, IL 60624

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The Circle was the first theater that belonged to the Balaban and Katz theater chain.

When the theater first opened, it showed short features and the price of admission was just five cents.

Contributed by Ray Martinez

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Broan
Broan on July 17, 2004 at 2:17 am

This article indicates that an earlier theater was operated by Balaban & Katz

xtopher1974
xtopher1974 on January 22, 2005 at 9:24 pm

Not sure why. But that neighborhood kept the circle name. After the University of Illinois moved out it’s Navy Pier campus. (When it was called U of I, Navy Pier) it moved to the west side and was called the University of Illinois, Circle campus well into the late 80s (sometimes called Chicago Circle). I’ve only noticed that in the last 10 years they call it just plain ol' Univeristy of Illinois, Chicago.

Life's Too Short
Life's Too Short on December 25, 2006 at 3:21 pm

The storefront theatre the Balabans operated prior to the Circle was called the Kedzie. It was in the same neighborhood. Everyone wanted the land parcel where the Circle was constructed at the time. But the Balabans managed to form a friendship with a judge who was involved with the situation, and won the day. Having no experience with construction, they thought that the project would be completed quickly. However, it was nine months between leaving the Kedzie and opening the Circle. Track down a copy of the book “Continuous Preformances” to read the full story of the Circle. It is interesting reading.

CHICTH74
CHICTH74 on March 27, 2007 at 7:52 pm

From what i understand whare the CIRCLE stood it is now some kind of appt. buld or housing project maybe a condo.

0123456789
0123456789 on July 22, 2010 at 1:01 pm

It was built in 1909, and was Balaban and Katz’s first theatre.

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