Plaisir Theatre

3947 N. Pulaski Road,
Chicago, IL 60641

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The Plaisir opened around 1913 in the Albany Park neighborhood, on 40th Avenue (later Crawford Avenue, now Pulaski Road) just south of Irving Park Road. It disappears from listings in 1919. By 1922 it had become Samuelson’s Arcade, a bowling alley/billiards hall.

Today the building has a plain brick facade with two garage doors, and appears unoccupied.

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Ken Roe
Ken Roe on January 24, 2007 at 10:49 am

It was re-named the Grayland Theatre in 1917, but closed later in that year.

Broan
Broan on January 25, 2007 at 5:52 am

I’d tend to believe that’s a conflation – at the time, the address of the Plaisir would have been 3947 or 3949 Crawford (street was later renamed) and the existing Grayland 3940 Cicero. Making this even more easily mixed-up, Pulaski/Crawford’s original name was 40th Avenue while Cicero’s original name was 48th. A simple smudge and improperly changed street name could result in an erroneous entry. Also it just seems unlikely that two theaters in such close proximity (8 blocks) would have the same name at the same time on the same N-S axis.

LouisRugani
LouisRugani on June 3, 2009 at 4:11 pm

The building’s facade was white glazed brick until rather recently when it was redone in standard face brick.

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