Globe Theatre

1139 S. Blue Island Avenue,
Chicago, IL 60608

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Previously operated by: Balaban, H & E

Architects: Samuel Levy

Previous Names: Palace Opera House, Glickman's Palace Theatre

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President William Howard Taft at the Palace Opera House, located at 1139 South Blue Island Avenue. 1912 photo credit Chicago Public Library.
Contributed by Bryan Krefft

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Ken Roe
Ken Roe on January 25, 2007 at 1:07 am

The Palace Opera House opened in 1911 and operated until 1915. It was demolished and a new theatre known as Glickman’s Palace Theatre was built on the site which opened in 1919. It was re-named Globe Theatre in 1935 and closed in 1948.

Broan on January 25, 2007 at 5:30 am

As the Globe, this was run by the H&E Balaban chain. The Palace Opera House was designed by Samuel Levy, later of Levy & Klein.

Broan on January 25, 2007 at 5:42 am

Also, the Palace Opera House was apparently originally a Yiddish theater, claimed by the Tribune to be the “largest in the west”. Also it was open at least into 1951, according to a fire notice. Today this whole stretch of Blue Island Avenue has been swallowed by UIC.

Broan on January 25, 2007 at 5:18 pm

I’d contest that it was demolished; newspaper ads exist in May 1914, February 1916 (As simply “Palace”), January 1917, and February 1918,. Sanborn fire insurance maps from 1917 and 1950 likewise show the building as built in 1908 and show a capacity of 1433.

dkanter on March 31, 2015 at 8:53 am

The Globe had become a Mexican movie house by the 1940s, serving the large Mexican population of the Near West Side.

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