Ridge Theatre

1554 W. Devon Avenue,
Chicago, IL 60660

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Broan
Broan on January 17, 2016 at 3:36 pm

Here and Here are THSA photos of the Ridge and its great marquee

Chris1982
Chris1982 on April 30, 2014 at 1:18 pm

In 1926 it seated 1480.

LMS
LMS on December 6, 2012 at 6:31 am

Tribune lists Robert S. Smith as architect in charge of construction, but buiding permit indicates R.C. Harris, another obscure neighborhood architect. The American Contractor (issue 8/11/17, p.35, accessed through Google Books) also lists R.C. Harris as architect.

Yves Marchand
Yves Marchand on July 7, 2009 at 6:32 am

We had a nice tour of the building by a man from the hardware store two months ago.
The original ceiling is still there behind the added ceiling but is pretty plain.
Here is a picture of one of the door frames that once connected the lobby to the auditorium :
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DavidZornig
DavidZornig on September 30, 2008 at 11:43 am

We hung out Saturday nights in the late `70’s at a place called Fiddler’s Green across the street from the former Ridge Theatre.
There was also a rather small bar next door to the Ridge in 1984-85. Though I don’t recall the name. I think it had then recently converted in to the hardware store. Devon had many bars between Ashland & Broadway back then.
Cuneen’s, COD’s, etc. Dewey’s across from the hardware store parking lot, on the Clark St. side was the better of the late night food emporiums. Dewey’s classic name in the brickwork was covered by an awning a while back.

GrandMogul
GrandMogul on February 7, 2007 at 11:41 am

Ad announcing the opening of the Ellantee: Chicago Tribune, Saturday, March 1, 1919:

OPENS TODAY, AT 6 PM. LUBLINER AND TRINZ' NEW THEATRE ELLANTEE, DEVON AVENUE AT CLARK STREET, with Dorothy Gish in “Boots” interwoven with a specialty orchestra and corresponding novelties; a program of high standards

KenC
KenC on March 1, 2006 at 6:20 pm

In “NEIGHBORHOODS WITHIN NEIGHBORHOODS-20th CENTURY LIFE ON CHICAGO’S FAR NORTH SIDE” by Neal Samors, there is a nice marquee shot of the Ridge theatre- circa 1940- on page 40. The Ridge specialized in westerns and war movies. Also in the book: at least 3 pictures of the Granada (from 1930, 1950, and 1964),the Norshore(3 great pics of the marquee, lobby, and auditorium),the Cine, and the Howard theatre.

Broan
Broan on January 21, 2006 at 3:29 pm

They seem to be putting some money into the building – the facade is being worked on by a restoration contractor, with scaffolding up (although I think a part of it was removed). The stage floor, actually a rather deep stage, is still in the store, although the auditorium floor is leveled. I thought I saw a peek of plasterwork where a ceiling tile was missing. I didn’t see any posters on the walls.

Broan
Broan on December 6, 2005 at 9:08 pm

Architect was Robert S. Smith. Chicago Tribune, July 9, 1918.

Life's Too Short
Life's Too Short on August 25, 2005 at 6:02 pm

Years ago someone told me that the auditorium dome still exists above the hardware store. Can’t confirm that, and don’t suppose it matters much at this point.

dougbruton
dougbruton on August 25, 2005 at 5:00 pm

Howdy Bryan…It has been so long ago, I am probably thinking of another theater. The theater I am thinking of, was a small hole in the wall about 4 blocks South and West of the Normal…I also remember the Verdi, but thought it was located at the foot of 114th street off Michigan Ave.
My main theaters that I attended were the Roseland, State, Parkway and Normal
Doug

dougbruton
dougbruton on August 25, 2005 at 3:18 pm

I am not sure if this is the same theater that I went to as a young boy in the 1940’s…if it is, it was only a few blocks from the Normal Theater. The main thing I remember about the Ridge, was at age 8, going to see King Kong…walking home in the dark and thinking some monster was waiting behind every tree to eat me.
It is a shame all of those great movie houses are closed…
Doug Bruton Denison, Texas