Shangri-La Theater

222 N. State Street,
Chicago, IL 60601

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DavidZornig on November 16, 2017 at 9:23 am

“Happy Birthday Kup” in a brief glimpse of the Shangri-La marquee at the head end of this 1965 film on YouTube.

DavidZornig on March 19, 2017 at 10:50 am

1982 photo added credit John P. Keating Jr., that shows the parking structure continued to stand operational after the demolition of the Shangri-La in 1981. Additional parking was created were it had stood as well. So the subsequent demolition of the parking structure and hotel development happened later.

rivest266 on November 13, 2016 at 12:15 pm

This opened on June 26th, 1970. Grand opening ad in the photo section. Adult programming by the end of 1970 until it closed.

DavidZornig on October 26, 2016 at 11:12 pm

1973 Tribune photo by Quentin C. Dodt in the link below.

DavidZornig on March 20, 2016 at 12:35 pm

Saint Patrick’s Day Parade 1959 photo added, courtesy of the Chicago’s Extinct Businesses facebook page.

DavidZornig on December 29, 2013 at 12:25 am

I’ve added some more images to the Photos Section. One is of the Rhumba Casino that preceded the Shangri-La Restaurant, but in the same building.

jmarlo on March 14, 2012 at 9:05 pm

It should be noted that Jazz Legend Art Tatum was a frequent piano player at the Three Deuces Night Club on this site back in the late 1930’s. Art was then and still is now the greatest Jazz pianist of all time. And in 55 years since his passing at age 47, no one has been able to equal his extraordinary technical skills at the piano. He was one of a kind.

CSWalczak on February 4, 2011 at 4:35 pm

A night photo of the Shangri-La when it was still a restaurant: View link

vicboda on October 5, 2009 at 12:03 pm

I saw a John Holmes double feature at this theater. It was a little strange – not like a real movie theater. Now I know it was really a restaurant it makes more sense.

DavidZornig on April 14, 2009 at 11:41 pm

I’m pretty sure we saw the Ali bio pic “The Greatest” at the Shangri-La. Before it went XXX or karate.

That black awning across the street was Govner’s Pub. They’d actually let people cash their paychecks at the bar, and then kept them there drinking. That building was also torn down a few years back as I recall.

Footage of Cabrini-Green WAS used for the “Good Times” TV show open. As well as other B-Roll of Chicago. But that was it. The interiors were filmed in California. “In front of a live studio audience”, as they said at shows end.

Paul Fortini
Paul Fortini on June 26, 2008 at 9:27 pm


Per your description above, I thought M&R was the last operator of the Oriental?

Paul Fortini
Paul Fortini on June 26, 2008 at 9:12 pm


WOW was that restaurant ever GAUDY! I don’t think I’d ever be comfortable in a place like that.


No, those projects were likely Cabrini-Green on the city’s Near North Side. Fortunately, over the past decade, Cabrini-Green has largely been torn down.

Broan on January 21, 2008 at 5:29 pm

Here is a photo of the Shangri-La’s interior while it was a restaurant.

Greenpoint on December 16, 2007 at 5:01 pm

Hey Paul the only thing I knew about Chicago was the projects from Good Times..were those down near the loop.

Paul Fortini
Paul Fortini on August 8, 2007 at 5:36 pm

Here is a mid-1970s view of the Shangri-La.

View link

That the bus is in CTAs “Bi-Centennial” paint scheme would place the photo from 1974 to 1978.

I’m glad that places like this aren’t in the Loop (Chicago’s Downtown) anymore. The Loop is certainly a far nicer place than it was 25-30 years ago.