Harvey Theatre

15408 Center Avenue,
Harvey, IL 60426

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Harvey Theatre 1968

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The Harvey Theatre is shown as being in operation in the 1945 Film Daily Yearbook with seating for 911. It was operated by a subsidiary of Paramount Pictures. The theater, which was located on Center Avenue at 154th Street, has been demolished.

Any further information on the Harvey would be appreciated.

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RiisPark
RiisPark on February 15, 2013 at 3:12 pm

Love the shots of the small but funky marquee. Too bad the theatre had to die but so did Harvey. I wish I could see photos of the interior.

carl3615
carl3615 on September 13, 2013 at 5:01 pm

Just added two pictures of the Harvey Theatre. Will note Harvey had this, the Brandt, the Era (later New Era), Garden at 15411 Center (destroyed by fire on Dec. 27, 1929), and the American (opened in 1916) and next to the original city hall on 154th.

EricV
EricV on February 9, 2014 at 11:43 am

The Harvey circa 1976 (when they showed movies like “Bingo Long,” “Sparkle,” “Five on the Black Hand Side,” “Black Belt Jones,” etc.) was run by a guy named Robert Taylor. He had worked for Oscar Brotman who owned a number of Chicagoland movie houses in the 60s/70s. The walls of the auditorium of the Harvey were flocked around this time. Taylor told me it was some sort of shredded material that was wetted and then sprayed all over everything. It looked pretty strange, almost like a layer of mold was covering the walls. You could still make out details of ornament on the walls under the dried foam. Taylor later ran the Village Art Theatre in Chicago from the late 70s to the 90s.

Thxpix
Thxpix on October 20, 2014 at 6:02 am

Jerry Corgnati, Tom Arden, and Robert Taylor purchased the theater in the mid 80s from Charles Cooper a Chicago businessman. We installed a new screen, flocked the walls and re-opened the theater. Tom Arden also opened the “Wooden Keg” convenience store on Halstead Street in Harvey. He was later killed in an auto accident. He bought out myself and Robert Taylor soon after it opened. At one point in time we operated the Glenwood, Harvey, Lyric, and Holiday in Park Forest. Building the River Oaks D-150 theater was my first project in the theater business in Chicago. I was also a member of the in-famous Local 110 projectionist union. Feel free to contact me by email. Thxpix@bellsouth,net

Jay Harvey
Jay Harvey on October 20, 2014 at 6:11 pm

How far was the Harvey Theatre from the Dixie Square Mall?

Allan
Allan on November 5, 2014 at 2:16 pm

2-3 miles. Dixie Square Mall was on Dixie Highway

Jay Harvey
Jay Harvey on November 6, 2014 at 6:15 pm

Thanks Allan, I’ve always enjoyed reading about the Dixie Square Mall too!!

Hugh
Hugh on June 11, 2015 at 3:14 pm

About 2000, the owners tried to make this into a legitimate theater; ironically, considering the comments above, one of the shows was a musical version of BINGO LONG. It was obvious that the owners had little clue for running a “live” theater and the whole enterprise lasted maybe six months. The front of the auditorium was about 15 rows or regular seats, and the back was a raised platform with tables and chairs. There was a bar in the lobby. Later in the experiment, the Sunday shows included a gratis Italian buffet; big serving tins of really bad pasta were put on long tables in back. That ended when the whole “live” theater experience ended.

Hugh
Hugh on June 11, 2015 at 3:14 pm

About 2000, the owners tried to make this into a legitimate theater; ironically, considering the comments above, one of the shows was a musical version of BINGO LONG. It was obvious that the owners had little clue for running a “live” theater and the whole enterprise lasted maybe six months. The front of the auditorium was about 15 rows or regular seats, and the back was a raised platform with tables and chairs. There was a bar in the lobby. Later in the experiment, the Sunday shows included a gratis Italian buffet; big serving tins of really bad pasta were put on long tables in back. That ended when the whole “live” theater experience ended.

pnelson
pnelson on June 11, 2015 at 9:17 pm

Kind of fancy marquee for a smaller theatre. A 50’s or 60’s look to it. Great box office and art deco style.

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