National Theater

608 S. State Street,
Chicago, IL 60605

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nonsportsnut on October 6, 2009 at 9:04 am

I’m a Three Stooges Fan Club member, trying to confirm a personal appearance by the “3” Stooges (Moe Larry and Shemp), on a bill with Wee Bonnie Baker, the Barretts and Don Hooton, after an appearance by the A.B. Marcus Revue. The movie “Queen of Burlesque” was also shown. I have a display ad, but no dates (or town shown). Believe it was the Summer of 1946, and may have been Shemp’s first appearance after Curly’s strokes. The National was advertised as air cooled and showed a phone number of JA-7863.
Any help will be appreciated.
Thanks Frank Reighter

kencmcintyre on May 15, 2009 at 11:12 pm

I don’t see the Ace/National in the Chicago theaters. Is it listed under a third name?

Broan on November 10, 2008 at 8:00 pm

Architect was JEO Pridmore.

johncordell on March 6, 2008 at 10:57 am

In 1957, while attending (or rather not attending) high school, I used to cut school and sometimes go to the National Theater. Being on South State Street, I could see three classic movies for 35 cents. It was off the beaten path, and truant officers would not go there. I remember seeing CRIME SCHOOL with Humphrey Bogart and the Dead End Kids, and EACH DAWN I DIE with James Cagney and George Raft there. This was just after Warner Bros. sold their pre-1949 movies to television. When somebody flushed the toilet, you could hear it in the auditorium. Also, a woman would go through the theatre shouting “peanuts, pop corn, candy.” Mostly the audience was composed of derelicts, alcoholics, etc. The theatre probably closed shortly afterwards.

CHICTH74 on February 14, 2006 at 8:42 pm

The National Theatre apears to be ny if not on the same block as the Paris Theatre it looks like the land is now being used by Jones High School in Chicago`s “South Loop” area.