Bank of America Theatre

22 W. Monroe Street,
Chicago, IL 60603

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Bank of America (Shubert) Theatre (Chicago) - Front Facade

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This Rapp & Rapp designed theater opened in 1906 as a venue for primarily vaudeville seating almost 2500, but also infrequently screened movies, as well, and was originally known as the Majestic Theatre. (The building itself in which the theater and attached office tower are located in is still referred to as the Majestic Building).

During the 10s and into the 20s, the Majestic was part of the Orpheum vaudeville circuit in Chicago, along with such other Loop theaters as the Palace and the State-Lake. The Majestic Theatre was closed in the early 30s after a couple of years of sporadic use and remained dark for over a decade.

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

The Shubert, 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

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CharlesR
CharlesR on June 24, 2010 at 6:50 pm

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

William
William on August 19, 2010 at 3:44 am

hdtv267, Did you read the article for the above post? The Bank of America Cinema is located at 4901 W. Irving Park Road. Which is not the address of this theatre thread.

SusanD
SusanD on August 19, 2010 at 3:50 am

HDTV 267

I’m not from Chicago, but I think you’re confusing this theatre with a similarly named one. The article you link to shows it’s address as
4901 W. Irving Park Road.

I was only in the Bank of America Theatre once, when it was known as the LaSalle Bank Theatre. I saw “Jersey Boys” with a friend of mine View link

DavidZornig
DavidZornig on August 19, 2010 at 9:54 am

The Bank Of America Cinema that is rumored to be closing, is a screening room built over a BoA in Portage Park. There is a story about it on the Chicagoist website. It was previously owned by LaSalle Bank whom BoA took over. And that speaks for itself.

DonLewis
DonLewis on November 21, 2010 at 8:24 pm

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

mp775
mp775 on January 7, 2011 at 10:57 am

Bank of America Cinema closed after the 12/18/10 screening of Babes in Toyland. The group has renamed itself the Northwest Chicago Film Society and will resume showing classic films around the corner at the Portage Theater on Wednesday nights beginning February 16.

Wall Street Journal article

Broan
Broan on August 6, 2011 at 11:19 am

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

DavidZornig
DavidZornig on May 19, 2014 at 3:30 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.

http://chuckmanchicagonostalgia.files.wordpress.com/2012/07/photo-chicago-shubert-theater-18-w-monroe-carol-channing-peacock-clock-in-background-morris-b-sachs-wimpys-next-to-theater-1966.jpg

radbid
radbid on June 28, 2014 at 5:00 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
mo4040 on July 16, 2014 at 5:11 pm

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

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