Mayne Stage

1328 W. Morse Avenue,
Chicago, IL 60626

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Mayne Stage/Morse Theatre, Chicago, IL

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. On March 19, 1938 it had been remodeled in Art Deco style and reopened as the renamed 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 theatre, independent cinema, and children’s programs were also planned. It reopened early-2010 as the Mayne Stage. In March 2016 it ceased being a concert venue and will now host special events.

Contributed by Bryan Krefft

Recent comments (view all 32 comments)

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 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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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).

Broan on January 9, 2016 at 9:19 pm

Here is an article about the Morse and its sister the Regent (400)

DavidZornig on April 6, 2016 at 3:10 am

Well it appears it’s days as a music venue are over. The below article states it will now only be used for weddings and private events.

GFeret on April 6, 2016 at 6:27 pm

good riddance. the mayne stage only caused me (& mrs) grief

DavidZornig on February 20, 2017 at 9:49 pm

Apparently the restaurant & storefront portion will be reopening as a brewery.

DavidZornig on April 6, 2019 at 2:28 am

Photo added as Congregation Beth Israel Anshe Yanova.
Via Mark Reiner.

rivest266 on August 14, 2020 at 7:35 pm

This opened on March 19th, 1938. Grand opening ad posted.

DavidZornig on August 15, 2020 at 12:19 am

Re-opened as the Co-Ed in 1938. Originally opened in 1912 as the Morse Theatre.

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