Bank of America Theatre
22 W. Monroe Street,
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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.
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