Cortland Theatre

3217 W. Armitage Avenue,
Chicago, IL 60647

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The Home Theatre and opened in 1911. It was later renamed Cortland Theatre.

Contributed by Ray Martinez

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Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois
Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois on February 11, 2008 at 3:02 pm

BWChicago-OK, I will not add an entry for the Cort Theater to Cinema Treasures. Sometimes I wish it was called Theater Treasures. Sure wish for example the Auditorium Theater on Congress in Chicago could be listed on this site but that’s getting into another bag of worms.
Was The Cort a legitimate theater? Do you know it’s location. Seems strange for a WuliTzer to go in that type of theater.
The Cort Theater is listed on Cinema Tour as built in 1909, Status, Closed/Demolished, Style, Italian Renaissance, Arcitect, John E.O. Pridmore.
Anyway, I’m down by Kankakee and you must be up by Chicago so you must know more about what went on than I do. In any event anyone know what happened to the WurliTzer?

“Gee Dad, it "WAS” a WurliTzer!"

Broan on February 11, 2008 at 4:37 pm

The Cort was a very intimate playhouse at 132 N Dearborn, now site of the Civic Center. It has sometimes been cited as the first Atmospheric theater and was demolished in 1934.

Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois
Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois on February 11, 2008 at 5:35 pm

Interesting, sounds nice. I’m trying to remember what was built on that spot only to be torn down for the Civic Center, Can’t remember. I do remember the Chinese Restaurant around the corner on Randolph called (don’t laugh at the spelling, but it sounded like) Ho Say Guy.

Broan on February 11, 2008 at 5:49 pm

It was replaced by a parking lot and may have remained so.

GFeret on May 16, 2008 at 10:07 pm

Bob Jensen: the Chinese restaurant, extremely popular until its' block was leveled early ‘60s for the Civic (now Daley) Center, was HOE SAI GAI, address 85 W. Randolph. Until recently I could find a website w/ someones’s personal old KodaChrome images from downtown Chicago late '50s, that showed this place. Except I can’t find it now!

Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois
Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois on May 17, 2008 at 4:34 am

G. Feret: Thanks for the memories. Things sure keep changing Downtown. I hope someday you can find that photo.

“Nothing endures but change.” Heraclitus (ca.535-475BC)

GFeret on May 19, 2008 at 8:09 pm

Found the site:

Look under Chicago Theaters, then Randolph St

Not much of a photo I’ll admit—fortunately there’re a number of other much better old images to peruse there however, I think.

Broan on May 19, 2008 at 8:41 pm

Is this the entry you intended?

R8teco on August 8, 2012 at 6:33 pm

I live right next to it!

Khnemu on March 10, 2018 at 10:20 pm

I am not able to find any references to a Cortland Theater in Chicago, or any theater at this address. There was the White Palace Theater, at 3271 W. Armitage, with a similar address. Does anyone know if this was actually a theater?

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