New Rex Theater

3679 W. Grand Avenue,
Chicago, IL 60651

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New Rex Theater

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Contributed by Lost Memory

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Lost Memory
Lost Memory on July 15, 2008 at 8:04 pm

BW linked to a photo on Oct 16, 2006. Which photo is older and what do you believe is located at this address today?

kencmcintyre on July 15, 2008 at 8:13 pm

It looks like it says LOGIC or COGIC Youth Center on the sign, but I didn’t come up with anything on the internet. I think the Google photo was taken some years after the 2000 photo. I don’t think Google started photographing street locations until 2005 or 2006.

You can’t see it in my photo, but the plaque stating “Church of Christ” as seen in the 2000 view has now been erased.

kencmcintyre on July 15, 2008 at 8:29 pm

This article mentions the COGIC church youth center. I think the blogger made a mistake as he listed the center at the same address as a diner which he mentioned in the same paragraph.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on July 15, 2008 at 8:41 pm

The problem with those Google photos is, many of them are not recent. The youth center could still be there or it could have moved out. Maybe thats the reason that an address search returns nothing for this building. I don’t know if this will help you or not but C.O.G.I.C. might mean “Church Of God In Christ”.

kencmcintyre on July 15, 2008 at 9:03 pm

No, I didn’t know that. My feeling is that this should remain a church. That’s what all the evidence points to.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on July 15, 2008 at 9:36 pm

I understand what your trying to accomplish and I think it’s a good idea. If your going to use the Google photos, you need to find another source to verify what the photo is showing. A website would be a great source. For example, if the photo shows a restaurant and you can find a website for that restaurant that verifies the address, you found the second source. And that’s assuming that the restaurant is the same building as the former theater. If you can’t verify what the photo shows, just post the photo and let someone from that area verify what the photo is showing. Filling in the blanks (status, function, etc) on these theaters isn’t easy. Sometimes it pays to play it safe.

GFeret on December 19, 2008 at 11:15 am

I so wish this theatre hadn’t closed when it apparently did, as it’s just a stone’s throw from where my family once lived, Dad referring to it I remember as the (former) REX.

When I see the place now – the church youth center appears closed – my distinct impression is only the rear half (against Division St) is part of original theatre left. The front half on Grand doesn’t blend at all, and later reconstruction I suspect stems from use as a funeral home in the ‘50s-'60s. I’d be interested what others may say.

Broan on December 19, 2008 at 11:31 am – you can see the auditorium part is still intact. Even the projection booth. The lobby was probably just extensively remodeled. If you look at the street view the lobby side walls look about the same age. Remember the theatre was reconstructed in 1940, so it probably did not need too much updating.

GFeret on December 19, 2008 at 11:39 am

Didn’t think someone’d pounce on this very minor entry so fast!

I agree about the auditorium. From the Grand Ave front, the facade has yellow-brick funeral home all over it.

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