McVickers Theater

25 W. Madison Street,
Chicago, IL 60602

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Tim O'Neill
Tim O'Neill on March 25, 2018 at 9:30 pm

Nope. It’s the stage production. FIDDLER ON THE ROOF movie (1971) never played at the McVickers Theatre. It played at the McClurg Court Theatre.

vindanpar on March 25, 2018 at 5:53 pm

It looks like the photo with Fiddler on the marquee is not a stage production from ‘67 but the original Chicago film engagement in '71 or'72 when the film was running roadshow.

GREGlookingback on October 16, 2017 at 11:42 pm

The theatre had stage productions in the 60s, I was taken to a wonderful “Fiddler on the Roof.”

rivest266 on November 13, 2016 at 9:06 am

This opened on October 26th, 1922. Its grand opening ad is in the photo section.

Broan on August 1, 2016 at 7:20 am

James Brown played the Bismarck (now the Cadillac Palace) on December 29, 1984. The Bismarck did indeed have its seats removed as it mainly was used for banquets at the time.

Tim O'Neill
Tim O'Neill on August 1, 2016 at 1:29 am

I highly doubt there was a James Brown concert at the McVickers Theatre. By 1983/1984, the McVickers was showing mostly kung fu movies. I don’t ever recall hearing about a concert there at the time.

reggiey123 on July 31, 2016 at 1:34 pm

I attended a James Brown concert there in late 1983 or early 1984. Have been trying to find a record of it for an essay I am writing but have had no success. Anyone remember news of this concert that started very, very late and there were NO SEATS in the entire theater.

Tim O'Neill
Tim O'Neill on January 6, 2015 at 8:38 am

A 1984 article with some inaccuracies.

DavidZornig on March 19, 2014 at 11:48 am

The Calumet412 website has a photo claiming to be the 2nd version of the McVickers. No mention of the source or photo credit.

Tim O'Neill
Tim O'Neill on February 21, 2013 at 2:27 pm

Tim O'Neill
Tim O'Neill on November 5, 2012 at 2:16 pm

The first McVicker’s opened 155 years ago today.

chicagomike47 on September 10, 2012 at 1:57 am

i remember the MCVICKERS showing mainly ‘reserved seat only’ movies in the late 50’s and early 60’s including THE DIARY OF ANNE FRANK, WEST SIDE STORY, 55 DAYS AT PEKING ect.

Tim O'Neill
Tim O'Neill on September 23, 2011 at 9:34 pm

Towards the end of this clip, Geoffrey Baer discusses the McVickers Theatre.

JudithK on September 20, 2011 at 7:39 pm

My office is just down the street from State and Madison; lots of changes.

JudithK on September 16, 2011 at 8:19 pm

Great photo! Lots of the block is gone, but I do remember the McVickers.

DavidZornig on October 17, 2010 at 12:37 pm

Just in case a Google search doesn’t bring it up properly, the old Chicago Historical Society is now called the Chicago History Museum. And I’m petty sure it uses a Clark St address.

They made the change a number of years ago, I think to in order to qualify for different types of funding or grants.

Down at the Chicago Cultural Center, Tim Samuelson is also a great source for Chicago history.

JudithK on October 17, 2010 at 9:20 am

There was a family named Stevens who owned hotels in Chicago; try this link to a story from Chicago Magazine about them.

View link

Additionally, the Chicago Historical Society may assist you. They are on North Avenue in Chicago.

Good luck.

JoyceShumate1 on October 16, 2010 at 11:53 pm

I have an old photo of a man. It is a photo glued on a hard cardboard. The wording under is is Stevens, Chicago, McVickers Theatre. I would like to identify the man. Could you help me locate someone who could help identify him? Thank you for your help,

Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois
Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois on September 19, 2010 at 10:57 pm

The last theater will not send you to the Edens, try this:


Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois
Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois on September 19, 2010 at 9:32 pm

Michael Coate has done a great amount of research to find out which CINERAMA films played at which CINERAMA theaters all around the United States and Canada. Here is his list for the McVickers. Thanks Michael

WINDJAMMER (Played previously at the Opera House) December 25,1959, 22 Weeks, 3-Strip CineMiracle


HOW THE WEST WAS WON, February 27, 1963, 37 Weeks, 3-Strip CINERAMA

IT’S A MAD MAD MAD MAD WORLD, November 19, 1963, 33 Weeks, 70mm

CIRCUS WORLD, July 8, 1964, 15 Weeks, 70mm

THE BEST OF CINERAMA, October 21, 1964, 9 Weeks, 3-Strip CINERAMA

THE GREATEST STORY EVER TOLD, March 10, 1965, 29 Weeks, 70mm

THE HALLELUJAH TRAIL, September 28, 1965, 9 Weeks, 70mm

BATTLE OF THE BULGE, December 22, 1965, 14 Weeks, 70mm

RUSSIAN ADVENTURE, March 29, 1966 (World Premiere), 11 Weeks, 3-Strip CINERAMA/KinoPanorama

KHARTOUM, June 22, 1966, 11 Weeks, 70mm

KenC on July 27, 2010 at 11:35 pm

In the late 60s- early 70s, the McVickers played quite a few films from American-International. On Friday, August 15, 1969, SONNY and CHER were on stage at 8 and 10 P.M. with guest M.C. JIMMY P. STAGG, D.J. at WCFL, to promote the film “CHASTITY”.