Wilson Avenue Theater

1050 W. Wilson Avenue,
Chicago, IL 60640

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DavidZornig on January 5, 2018 at 7:42 pm

Just posting this because it has the former Wilson Avenue Theater in an artist’s rendering of the proposed building next door. But the project seems to be borrowing the theater’s address.


DavidZornig on November 6, 2015 at 5:52 pm

1975 photo added, photo credit William Brubeck, courtesy of the UIC Collection.

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Tim O'Neill on January 10, 2014 at 9:47 am

storefrontcinema: Let me know where I can send my resume.

storefrontcinema on January 10, 2014 at 5:41 am

I walked though the building yesterday with the new owners. I am considering leasing the space and turning it into a small cinema. THe stone work is amazing – although years as use of bank has chopped the thing up and really, I am not sure it was ever a theater from the very start. As the basement contains a vault that is easily 500 sf.

DavidZornig on January 18, 2013 at 9:39 am

Coincidentally there is an article about the recent sale of this theater that came out today.http://www.uptownupdate.com/ www.uptownupdate.com if the link doesn’t work.

bdickus2001 on January 18, 2013 at 9:30 am

@Broan: Unfortunately, that picture in the Book of the Annual Exhibition is not the original facade. It is merely a rendering of Ottenheimer’s concept for the theater. The actual finished building never looked like that. This is easily discernible from the condition of the extant facade.

Broan on August 16, 2011 at 9:33 am


DavidZornig on April 19, 2009 at 11:18 am

BWChicago, unfortunately the 11/10/08 link reverts back to the CT/Wilson Avenue Theater page. Is there another link perhaps?

Broan on November 10, 2008 at 11:26 pm

And finally, a nice view of the original facade:

WILSON AVENUE THEATER II L Ottenheimer Architect Book of the Annual Exhibition of the Chicago Architectural Club By Chicago Architectural Club

Broan on June 21, 2008 at 1:23 am

Oh, I know, I just wanted to make sure it was clear for the record (this page)

kencmcintyre on June 20, 2008 at 7:16 pm

I’m not arguing with you. I am skeptical of most of the things I read on the internet.

Broan on June 20, 2008 at 7:14 pm

Well, it’s wrong. It was built in 1909. This is confirmed by 1909 Tribune articles stating it was to be built.

kencmcintyre on June 20, 2008 at 6:48 pm

This article gives an opening date of 1905 as the Standard Vaudeville Theater:

andrewkrauklis on May 21, 2007 at 8:16 am

BWChicago: How can I e-mail you

Broan on May 20, 2007 at 3:50 pm

I have a fuzzy copy of a Chicago Historical Society photo of that stretch of Wilson, as well as some newspaper articles. Nothing quite that specific, but they’d probably be of some use for you. Email me.

andrewkrauklis on May 20, 2007 at 1:17 pm

I am looking for photos and architectural/structural drawings for the original theater and or the 1919 bank conversion.

Broan on December 3, 2006 at 8:24 pm

Here are photos of this theater.