Stony Theater

6855 S. Stony Island Avenue,
Chicago, IL 60649

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This theater was located in the 6800 block of S. Stony Island Avenue in the South Shore neighborhood of the city. I grew up in the neighborhood circa 1941-1956.

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KenC on August 13, 2006 at 5:38 pm

The Stony theatre was open at least through June 1957. From the Chicago Sun Times movie listings Tuesday, June 11, 1957: STONY “INVASION, U.S.A.” “1,000 YEARS FROM NOW” “DEVIL GIRL FROM MARS”

Kay on December 30, 2006 at 10:32 am

I drove through South Shore a couple of years ago, and what was once a bustling business area filled with stores to fill all the needs of the local residents, is now parkway with only grass and trees from 67th-69th on the east side Stony Island Avenue. The stores were still standing in dilapidated and boarded up condition on the west side of the street, a sad memory of what used to be.

The Stony Theatre was just north of the drugstore located on the northeast corner of 69th and Stony Island. I would guess it opened sometime in the 1940’s and at the time seemed so small and plain compared to the Jackson Park Theatre that was already down the street at 67th across from the park. I was a youngster then and used to walk to see movies at both theatres in the 40’s and 50’s. Also would walk up 71st street to the Jeffery and Hamilton theatres. Loved the Saturday serials that accompanied the featured film.

What great memories!

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on December 30, 2006 at 11:20 am

This first opened as the Southshore Theatre in 1915, but it closed in 1918. It re-opened in 1950 as the Stony Theatre and closed in 1958.

It re-opened again in 1961 and was demolished in the 1970’s

KenC on December 16, 2007 at 8:19 pm

Through 1965, the Stony was open ;playing regular Hollywood fare. From the Chicago Sun Times movie listings dated Tuesday, Sept.21, 1965: STONY 6855 So. Stony ISLE.-363-9707 URSULA ANDRESS “SHE” “JOHNNY COOL”– HENRY SILVA. Sometime in late 65, early or mid 66, the Stony closed yet again. But it re-opened in late November 1966, probably under new ownership. From the Sun Times movie directory, Tuesday, Nov.22, 1966: GRAND OPENING! Wednesday at 12 Noon Chicago’s Newest And Most Elegant ADULT THEATRE STONY 69th and STONY ISLAND Phone MU 4 -7766 ADULTS ONLY Continuous Entertainment Daily 12 NOON to MIDNIGHT GALA MIDNIGHT SHOW FRIDAY and SATURDAY.

kencmcintyre on January 16, 2009 at 8:52 pm

Boxoffice magazine reported in January 1960 that Ben Conney had temporarily closed the Stony Theater to repair the heating system, so it may have re-opened before 1961 after the closing in 1958.

CSWalczak on July 5, 2012 at 10:58 am

The vertical sign of the Stony Theater can be seen in the distance in this photo.

maxfabien on June 16, 2015 at 4:05 pm

The first movie I ever saw at a movie theater was at the Stony. My parents took me there in 1954 to see “Them!”.

SpencerS on February 7, 2016 at 12:26 pm

I was an usher at the Stony for quite a few years in the 50’s. A lot of memories.The projectionist had a bit of a drinking problem. He needed strawberry soda to mix his drinks. I was the runner to go across Stony to the store when he ran out. Loved putting up the new posters and marquee. Carrying the new film boxes upstairs was a bummer.

Khnemu on November 17, 2016 at 4:40 am

From 1925-29 this address is listed in the Chicago Tribune as the South Shore Athletic Club. Also, in all of the movie listings in the Tribune, the theater was listed as the South Shore Theater (two words). A blurb in the real estate section of the Tribune from Oct. 3, 1930 states: “The Royal Palm Golf Course Inc., an Illinois corporation, has leased the building at 6855 Stony Island avenue, formerly known as the South Shore theater, and will open an indoor golf course and fountain luncheonette the early part of this month. The lease is for five years and a reported rental of $650 per month. Philip A. Weinstein and Short, Rothbart, Wilner & Lewis were attorneys”.

By 1942 and 1943 Tribune articles mention the Hollywood Bowl bowling alley at this address. In 1951, listings begin in the Tribune movie section for the Stony Theater. The last listing of this address in the Tribune is from 1969 about a security guard at a Price-Rite liquor store at the address being shot during a hold-up there.

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