Lake Shore Theater

3175 North Broadway,
Chicago, IL 60657

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Lake Shore Theater

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Opened in 1915 as the 525-seat Lake Shore Theater, in Chicago’s Lake View neighborhood, this small neighborhood house was eventually taken over by Balaban and Katz.

By the 1980’s, it had become faded and run-down and was given a facelift when it was taken over in the late-1980’s by the Cineplex-Odeon chain (which also operated the historic Biograph Theatre in Lincoln Park at that time).

It was also renamed the Broadway Cinema, because of its location on the corner of Broadway and Belmont Avenue.

The Broadway Cinema was last operated as a movie theater by the short-lived Meridian chain until its bancruptcy in 2000.

In 2002 the Broadway reopened, under its original name, the Lake Shore Theatre, as a venue for live performances, with an emphasis on comedy acts. Due to high running costs on the ageing building, the Lake Shore Theater was closed on April 10, 2010, but was re-opened in November 2011.

Contributed by Bryan Krefft

Recent comments (view all 29 comments)

GFeret on April 2, 2010 at 2:53 pm

Yeah we just heard that from (co) owner Chris Ritter, “the money isn’t there”.

BOOO says my friend Claire, who’d wanted to catch “The Best Church Of God” show there and is now limited to this coming (Easter) wknd before they lock the doors for good, and is doubtful about making.

Broan on April 6, 2010 at 1:34 pm

View link More on the closing

GFeret on May 6, 2010 at 3:48 pm

aforementioned Chris Ritter
has migrated manager duties a few short miles northward to
the MORSE Theatre (now the MAYNE STAGE)

just thought you’d like to know

teachermonah on June 6, 2010 at 6:27 pm

Just wanted to add to your post that after “The Fat Black Pussy Cat” and before “Monsignor Murphy’s” the tavern was called “The Living Room” which was owned and operated by Fred “Sparky” Harvey.

GFeret on August 26, 2010 at 1:45 pm

FYI (not a plug)

LAKESHORE THEATRE available for lease by the Kudan Group

CSWalczak on February 17, 2011 at 11:39 pm

The theater will be renovated and reopened as the Chicago branch of the Los Angeles Laugh Factory: View link.

Broan on June 21, 2011 at 5:47 pm

Broan on November 6, 2011 at 9:33 am

Broan on February 28, 2012 at 11:43 am The interior’s pretty much gone.

DavidZornig on February 28, 2012 at 5:34 pm

Hi Broan. You may not be aware, but the last 3 links you added in the comments section are not viewable. Apparently when CT upgraded this website, it altered the way outside links have to be added to comments, in order to be accessable. Maybe you can check with the CT Administrators on how to do that, and re-post the links previously within your 06/21/11, 11/6/11 & 02/28/12 posts.

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