Englewood Theatre

726 W. 63rd Street,
Chicago, IL 60621

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Englewood Theatre

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LYNNMICHALI on March 25, 2008 at 3:08 pm

As I mentioned before, the firehouse is still there. The college has plans to open it up as a restaurant, as part of their cuilinary program. Our Lady of Solace is still there too, but I think they changed the name to something else.

My church wasn’t so lucky. It was torn down to make way for one of the may curving streets that led to nowhere. Many people lost their homes to “urban renewal” and the community lost a large portion of it’s good citizens.

You’re so right about the westerns! When we were coming up, they were everywhere, books, magazines, serials, and full-length movies.
My older sister and my father called them “shoot ‘em ups” and all three of us were fans.

I also agree with you about Kelly Library. The new libraries being built are really nice, but even with renovations, Kelly Library is still awesome and makes you want to lower your voice when you step inside.

Englewood on October 16, 2008 at 4:00 am

An interesting item from the Southtown Economist of Weds., June 20, 1928:


Wedding bells, with the necessary ring, license and minister furnished by the management, will sound for the adventurous couple who are chosen by Harry J. Bryan, manager of the Englewood Theatre, to be the principals in the public wedding which will be staged at the theater Thursday evening of next week.

Any couple in Southtown who contemplate marriage late this month is eligible for the contest. The wedding is to be no trial or companionate affair, Mr. Bryan assures, and the winning couple must be, he said, most serious in their intent. All names to be entered in the contest must be left at the theater by the end of the week.

The wedding ring, a platinum band studded with diamonds, has been donated by Holland’s Jewelry Store, 6351 So. Halsted St., A floor lamp with an onyx-trimmed base and an elaborate silk shade is to be given by the Becker-Ryan* company. Other donations, although the list is as yet incomplete, will include frocks for the bride’s party and the bride, furniture and other articles.

For the ceremony, which is to take place during the regular evening performance, the theater’s organist will play the Wedding March, and a minister, to be selected by the management after a conference with the prospective bride and bridegroom, will read the wedding service. This is the first public ceremony to be staged at the theater.

*Note: The Becker-Ryan company, a department store, occupied the 63rd & Halsted corner where Sears, Roebuck was later located. According to the Southtown Economist, the ceremony took place between Harriett Anderson, age 16, 6350 So. Racine Avenue, and Ralph G. Mixer, age 19, 524 W. 72nd St. The married on Thursday evening, June 28, 1928.

Englewood on January 15, 2009 at 6:38 pm

On Sunday, February 12, 1922, the Englewood Theatre ceased being a burlesque house and began showing motion pictures exclusively, starting with ‘Hail The Woman.’

kencmcintyre on April 19, 2009 at 2:02 am

Here is a 1982 photo of the Englewood:

kencmcintyre on May 16, 2009 at 7:18 am

Here is a July 1915 ad from the Suburbanite Economist:

kencmcintyre on June 14, 2009 at 5:03 am

Here is a March 1915 ad from the same source:

KenC on October 26, 2009 at 10:13 pm

On Friday, April 24, 1959, The Englewood (along with many other theatres) was showing “HOUSE ON HAUNTED HILL”. From the entertaining ad in the Tribune movie directory: TODAY- The Whole Town’s HAUNTED! 1st RUN! CHICAGOLAND Premieerie! ACCLAIMED THE SUPER-SHOCKER OF THE CENTURY! FIRST FILM WITH THE AMAZING NEW WONDER EMERGO…..THE THRILLS FLY RIGHT INTO THE AUDIENCE! Nominated for 13 SHOCK AWARDS! On Thursday, the movie ad advised ‘See it with someone with warm hands!’ I saw it across town at the Uptown;it seemed like every seat on the main floor was taken. “HOUSE” was also playing at the Granada, Century, Congress, Gateway, Imperial, Marbro, Avalon, Capitol, Jeffery, Peoples, Ramova, and many more…

Gene Meier
Gene Meier on November 11, 2011 at 10:53 pm

I am writing the first book from the American point of view about 19th century rotunda panoramas. These were the biggest paintings in the world, 50 x 400=20,000 square feet, housed in their own rotundas which were 16-sided polygons. Chicago in 1893 had 6 panorama rotundas and 6 panorama companies.The Reed & Gross panorama company was located in Englewood along the Rock Island Railroad within easy walking distance of the home of attorney Howard H.Gross (1853-1920).From September 1885 through September 1888 the Reed & Gross company produced every 90 days a panorama of THE BATTLE OF GETTYSBURG or JERUSALEM ON THE DAY OF THE CRUCIFIXION for cities from coast to coast and beyond. I seek vintage photos of Englewood that might show the 5 story 16-sided panorama studio.Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps would not represent Englewood until 1894. I have much info to share from the pre-cinema era.

Broan on November 4, 2012 at 6:20 pm

Here is a 1921 view of the Stratford and Englewood.

DavidZornig on November 5, 2015 at 2:59 am

Undated photo added courtesy of Keith Scott.

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