Bank of America Theatre

18 W. Monroe Street,
Chicago, IL 60603

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Bank of America (Shubert) Theatre (Chicago) - Marquee

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The Majestic Theatre was opened in 1906 as a venue for primarily vaudeville seating almost 2,500, but also infrequently screened movies, as well. (The building itself in which the theatre and attached office tower are located in is still referred to as the Majestic Building). It was designed by architect Edmund C. Krause who had a gentleman named George Leslie Rapp working for him as a draftsman and designer. The following year (1907) G.L. Rapp would form the architectural firm C. W. & Geo. L. Rapp with his elder brother Cornelius Ward Rapp, which would become the famous & prolific Chicago architectural firm Rapp & Rapp.

During the 1910’s and into the 1920’s, the Majestic Theatre was part of the Orpheum vaudeville circuit in Chicago, along with such other Loop theatres as the Palace Theatre and the State-Lake Theatre. The Majestic Theatre was closed in the early-1930’s after a couple of years of sporadic use and remained dark for over a decade.

From 1945 until 2005, it was named the Shubert Theatre, by the theatrical family which took over the theatre at this time, after their late brother, Sam Shubert. Since then, the theatre has been used for stage shows and often plays host to Broadway shows when they come to Chicago.

The Shubert Theatre, renamed the LaSalle Bank Theatre after its financial benefactor, closed in January 2005, while it underwent a $40 million restoration. It reopened in 2006.

In May 2008, the LaSalle Bank Theatre received yet another new name, the Bank of America Theatre, after the name change of the former LaSalle Bank, acquired by Bank of America in October 2007, was made official.

Contributed by John Chappell, Bryan Krefft

Recent comments (view all 73 comments)

TLSLOEWS on April 12, 2010 at 9:28 am

What an ugly marquee!!!

CSWalczak on April 12, 2010 at 10:32 am

Not as ugly as the name though.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on April 12, 2010 at 4:30 pm

Makes it sound like a Credit Card company i hate.

CharlesR on June 24, 2010 at 9:50 pm

Does anyone know during what periods this theatre showed movies? The description above is not clear.

Don Lewis
Don Lewis on November 21, 2010 at 10:24 pm

From the early 1900s a postcard view of the Majestic Theater Building in Chicago.

Broan on August 6, 2011 at 2:19 pm

Following is a series of vintage images of the Majestic. 1 2 3, the lounges supposedly designed by a young Rapp & Rapp 4

DavidZornig on May 19, 2014 at 6:30 am

Here is another 1966 photo of the “Hello Dolly” run at the Shubert. But with Carol Channing instead of Eve Arden on the marquee, as pictured in LTS’s color photo link. Photo courtesy of the Chuckman Collection.

radbid on June 28, 2014 at 8:00 pm

When it was the Shubert, I was stage productions of My Fair Lady and How To Succeed in Business… as a teenager on dates – we actually dressed up for such occasions back then.

mo4040 on July 16, 2014 at 8:11 pm

I saw ‘Cats’ here when it first came in 1985.

DavidZornig on March 1, 2015 at 6:33 pm

Added a 1910 photo copyright Corbis Images. Address on BoA Theatre website is 18 W. Monroe BTW, not 22 as listed in the Overview.

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