Mayne Stage

1328 W. Morse Avenue,
Chicago, IL 60626

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Mayne Stage, Chicago, IL

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The Morse Theatre, located on Morse Avenue near Wayne Avenue in the Rogers Park neighborhood, opened in 1912 as a vaudeville and movie house originally seating 650. During the mid-1930’s, it was remodeled in Art Deco style and renamed the Co-Ed Theatre, playing on its proximity to Loyola University.

The Co-Ed Theatre closed in 1954 and from 1956 until 1977, it became home to a synagogue. In 1986, the building was converted into the Cobbler’s Mall, which included, as the name implies, a shoe repair store.

In 2008, the Morse Theatre was renovated and restored, and reopened in October 2008 as a venue for concerts, despite an arson attack in August. Live theater, independent cinema, and children’s programs are also planned. It reopened early-2010 as the Mayne Stage.

Contributed by Bryan Krefft

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DavidZornig
DavidZornig on March 8, 2009 at 7:37 am

Interesting article. Not sure what good could ever come out of canceling any upcoming performances. Not really the way to go about building up a newly renovated venue.
Sounds like egos at war. No matter what the problem is, keep the doors open and people coming until it’s resolved.
What would be the point in going public with an internal turmoil? Strange. Especially with so much capitol already spent.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on March 8, 2009 at 12:42 pm

“Liver and let live”?

Broan
Broan on March 8, 2009 at 4:27 pm

From what I’ve been able to piece together, James Pritzker was a silent investor in the project, and has pulled out because they’re not seeing the expected return on investment. (supposedly that’s the reason, at least)

DavidZornig
DavidZornig on March 8, 2009 at 5:56 pm

Wow. It would be open only 5 months as of tomorrows date. Can’t imagine what any Pritzker would need or expect of it in that amount of time. Guess the economy really is bad.

Maybe the city should have taxed the foie gras instead. And paid up the Millenium Park bills with the proceeds.

Life's Too Short
Life's Too Short on March 9, 2009 at 6:00 pm

Seems like a weird situation all around.

GFeret
GFeret on September 15, 2009 at 6:18 pm

I just learned of this brouhaha & shuttering from my pretty friend Claire.

Wonderful disappointment Chicago Style.

At least 4 shootings resulting in deaths in the area earilier this yr. Don’t quote me on that.

I supported the foie gras ban.

CSWalczak
CSWalczak on January 4, 2010 at 9:20 am

According to this article the Morse shall be reopening as the Mayne Stage:
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Bruce C.
Bruce C. on February 22, 2010 at 7:18 pm

They have a new URL. Not much there yet.
http://www.maynestage.com/

Zol87
Zol87 on January 7, 2012 at 9:28 am

According to Chicago’s Forgotten Synagogues book by Robert A. Packer, The name of the synagogue was Congregation Beth Israel Anshe Yanova (House of Israel, Men of Yanova).

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