Devon Theatre

6225 North Broadway,
Chicago, IL 60660

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Devon Theater

Opened as the Knickerbocker Theatre by the Lubliner & Trinz circuit in 1915 in Chicago’s Edgewater neighborhood. On December 25, 1929 the theater was renamed the Devon Theatre, though it was more than two blocks away from W. Devon Avenue. It actually stood on North Broadway. Around the time it was renamed, the operation of the Devon Theatre was taken over by Essaness. It mostly served as a second-run house, and was quite plain.

It continued to operate through the 1970’s, and later housed a church for a time. The Devon Theatre was razed in 1996 after the block was acquired by Loyola University’s expansion into Edgewater.

Contributed by Bryan Krefft, Ray Martinez

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DavidZornig on April 19, 2009 at 8:33 am

Well I guess that confirms my “Cat People” recollection. I just reread the very first post about this theater. I had no idea of the Herschell Gordon Lewis ownership/connection.
My late father briefly knew or worked with him in the `60’s. My father had worked at/with Vogue Wright, Wernecke, Joy Recording & Fred Niles Studios(now Harpo) back in the day. I wish I’d known of the connection when I lived above the Devon Theatre

Lewis is still alive. I think he released a CD called “The Eye Popping Sounds of Herschell Gordon Lewis.

kencmcintyre on May 2, 2009 at 2:59 pm

Here is an undated photo from the Chicago Tribune:

DavidZornig on May 2, 2009 at 3:02 pm

Well it is definately pre-1986. That exterior, freestanding ticket booth was gone by the time I rented the upstairs space.

snowball1 on February 5, 2013 at 11:53 pm

My sister and I used to go to the Jerri Barrington School of ballet up above this theater in the mid 80’s.

Blessedtwoday on July 27, 2013 at 7:18 pm

Definitely went on a few dates there back in the day.

boilerbob7 on July 15, 2014 at 8:09 pm

I still remember when they had an overnight special showing Beatles movies all night. There was thick smoke from many people toking up LOL. It was pouring rain when everyone was leaving around 6AM

mgk on September 13, 2015 at 7:12 am

My father worked as a handyman for Jim Burrows, who held leases on the Devon, Adelphi and 400 theaters. I was 11 years old, so this was around 1975. As kids, my brothers and I were free to explore the basement, projection booth, inside the false ceilings. I remember finding an organ pipe made of lead and blowing into it all day. As I recall, the building was owned by legendary Chicago slumlord, Lou Wolf, and Jim was constantly battling him to make repairs. Jim later ran the Three Penny for many years.

rivest266 on November 12, 2016 at 9:10 am

December 25th, 1929 grand opening ads for the Pantheon and the Devon in the photo section.

DavidZornig on September 15, 2017 at 6:12 am

Circa 1986 photo added courtesy of Janeen Rosenberg‎.

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