Laugh Factory

3175 North Broadway,
Chicago, IL 60657

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Trolleyguy on May 17, 2016 at 10:23 pm

Now known as The Laugh Factory. Website:

CrustyB on January 5, 2016 at 9:10 am

The crew of the WWII German U-boat U-505 was shown “Das Boot” in this theater, although many chose not to attend.

DavidZornig on October 11, 2015 at 6:00 pm

1982 photo added , photo credit of Saul Smaizys.

Broan on February 28, 2012 at 9:43 am The interior’s pretty much gone.

Broan on November 6, 2011 at 7:33 am

Broan on June 21, 2011 at 3:47 pm

CSWalczak on February 17, 2011 at 9:39 pm

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

GFeret on August 26, 2010 at 11:45 am

FYI (not a plug)

LAKESHORE THEATRE available for lease by the Kudan Group

teachermonah on June 6, 2010 at 4:27 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 May 6, 2010 at 1:48 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

Broan on April 6, 2010 at 11:34 am

View link More on the closing

GFeret on April 2, 2010 at 12:53 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.

CSWalczak on April 2, 2010 at 11:02 am

The Lakeshore will be closed permanently, at least as far as its present use is concerned, on April 10, 2010. Story here: View link

CinemarkFan on May 1, 2009 at 2:41 pm

Looks like I may make a trip soon.

GFeret on May 1, 2009 at 1:04 pm

Movies! return to the LakeShore, move over live theatre venue.

I just noticed Monsters Vs. Aliens (which I already saw) advertised playing here now, matinee & evening showtimes. I wonder what their pricing policy is, to take over the shuttered 3-Penny?

The last title I remember seeing here was Dead Zone w/ C. Walken, to give you an idea.

DavidZornig on April 18, 2009 at 9:43 pm

Interesting. I didn’t think that the marquee overhang had been added after 1982. Ricky’s restaurant is just to the left with the broiled foods signage above their window.
I think there was a tavern called Reflections just a few doors South of that art studio awning. Reckless Records is just South of that. I think there is also an old bi-level parking garage building in the next building South. Possibly with some white terra cotta details.

DavidZornig on September 6, 2008 at 9:04 pm

We saw a few things at the Lakeshore. Animated stuff like “Wizards” by Ralph Bashki, possibly along with “Fritz The Cat”. This would have been 1977 or so.
Next door was a long time 24 hour restaurant called Rickeys. Where the Chipotle is now. Chock full of neighborhood characters just like down on Rush St. This area was then called Newtown. Across from Rickeys & The Lakeshore Theatre on the S/W corner of Belmont & Broadway, was a Golden Nugget Pancake House. Where the KFC was in the `80’s, maybe now a bank. Not sure.

There was also an oddly placed mini-McDonald’s next to that, recessed into the building just South of Golden Nugget. On the N/E corner where the Walgreen’s is now, was of course Evergreen Foods. There was also a Dominicks on Broadway that burned about 3 years ago.,whose lot was next to Friar Tucks. Which has been there as far back as I can remember.
Across from that was a bar called The Fat Black Pussy Cat, where Monsignor Murphys is now. It had a small outdoor porch you could drink on overlooking Broadway. In 1977, B'way was cruise city for cars. It was routinely bumper to bumper on Friday & Saturday nights.
Most congested from Diversey to Belmont.
Broadway like Rush St. was full of eclectic stores that stayed open late most of the time.
As I recall, the Annoyance Theatre’s first home may have also been on Broadway right on the alley, across from where Briar starts Westbound.
I think that was where “The Real Live Brady Bunch” play was at. Either next door to Pleasure Chest or very close.

Broan on October 7, 2007 at 12:14 am

Architects were Grossman and Proskauer.

Broan on August 22, 2007 at 5:31 pm

The Lakeshore has recently changed their marquee to a funky red-and black

Life's Too Short
Life's Too Short on March 16, 2007 at 8:47 pm

Brian: Judging by the way the Biograph looked under Cineplex, I’d say there is a good chance the paint you see in the Lakeshore’s auditorium now was applied by them. I remember looking into the lobby once during the Cineplex years, and it contained the usual subdued color scheme. When I visited the theatre a couple years ago it seemed to me that the lobby was more lively than my old-time memory led me to expect.

Paul Fortini
Paul Fortini on March 8, 2007 at 6:14 pm

It may have been known as the Broadway Cinema under Plitt, but I’m not sure about this. For a picture of it in Cineplex Odeon days, click here and you’ll see that C-O covered the marquee with some sort of ugly metallic-looking surface.

Broan on December 3, 2006 at 6:48 pm

Here are photos of this theater.

Broan on July 2, 2006 at 1:27 pm

Does anyone recall what it looked like, paint-wise, under cineplex? I think the gray interior is pretty boring. The lobby is kind of neat. I can’t imagine this theater was ever very pretty.

Broan on April 20, 2006 at 7:15 pm

It was acquired by Plitt in June 1982. It had been an art house, occasional home to the chicago international film festival, and became a discount house.