CIBC Theatre

18 W. Monroe Street,
Chicago, IL 60603

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DavidZornig on March 1, 2018 at 8:23 pm

1910 photo added via Bebe Belman. Shows full Majestic marquee.

OeOeO on September 19, 2017 at 2:11 am

“Private Bank” was a poor name for a theater let alone a bank. It’s unusual how all the live theaters were spread all across the Loop in contrast to the Movie houses that were concentrated around Randolph and State.

DavidZornig on September 18, 2017 at 7:58 pm

And yet another new name as of today.
CIBC Theatre.
Thanks to Tim O'Neill for the link.

craigmorrisonaia on December 26, 2015 at 11:22 pm

Another new name. As of December 2015 the Majestic/Shubert will be called the PrivateBank Theatre.

DavidZornig on November 6, 2015 at 6:43 am

1966 photo added courtesy of Jack Spatafora.

DavidZornig on March 2, 2015 at 2:33 am

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

mo4040 on July 17, 2014 at 4:11 am

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

radbid on June 29, 2014 at 4:00 am

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.

DavidZornig on May 19, 2014 at 2:30 pm

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.

Broan on August 6, 2011 at 10:19 pm

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

Don Lewis
Don Lewis on November 22, 2010 at 6:24 am

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

CharlesR on June 25, 2010 at 5:50 am

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

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on April 13, 2010 at 12:30 am

Makes it sound like a Credit Card company i hate.

CSWalczak on April 12, 2010 at 6:32 pm

Not as ugly as the name though.

TLSLOEWS on April 12, 2010 at 5:28 pm

What an ugly marquee!!!

Life's Too Short
Life's Too Short on June 30, 2009 at 4:22 pm

Lots of cool Chicago photos in this set:

View link

Worth your time to look around.

DavidZornig on April 14, 2009 at 8:34 pm

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DavidZornig on November 18, 2008 at 4:25 am

The Shubert is one of my favorites. I walked by there every night on my way to a security job at the old USG building at Monroe & Wacker in the early 80's. A unique early60’s structure in it’s own right with heated sidewalks, etc., now gone though.

However my favorite story about the Shubert is seeing “A Little Night Music” with Jean Simmon’s and Margaret Hamilton there in late 1977.
We all waited in the ornate lobby as it was promised Ms. Hamilton would come out and say hi.
Almost 40 years from Oz, after a short wait a door slowly opened and she shuffled out carrying shopping bags.

Hauntingly, many children who had waited to see her, and surely understood nothing of “ALNM” which they just sat through, all in unison took one step backwards for every step she took forwards. Always keeping themselves at at least a 5 foot distance.
A chilling site that Ms. Hamilton surely but understandibly, must have encountered her entire life after Oz.
I was 17, but still for a brief second felt the fireballs might come flying.

Kind of sad really since it’s documented that she was a kindergarten teacher before ever taking the Wicked Witch role. And surely adored children early on. Even as Cora the Coffee lady, she was sweet.

In 1991 I saw Robert Morse as Truman Capote in “Tru” at the Shubert. Currently in AMC’s “Madmen”.
He too greeted well wishers in the lobby afterwards. Yet pointed at his throat, and could only shake hands, smile & sign what was put before him.
Then he just casually walked out the front door alone, and off to his hotel. No entourage or TMZ back then.

About a year ago I shot a piece for Cable 25’s “Your Town Chicago”, about Broadway In Chicago. We interviewed the top lady of BIC, in one of the upper side balconies at the Shubert.
The stage was set up for “12 Angry Men” with our own George Wendt.
However we couldn’t shoot the stage, and had to supply all our own power.
BIC graciously provided all other footage we needed from current shows though. It was just the interview, theatre facade & background we needed anyway. I guess I didn’t notice that it was now BoA Theatre when there.

Englewood on June 6, 2008 at 6:23 pm

On June 5, 1946, the Shubert Theater was ordered closed by the Chicago Fire Commissioner for violation of fire regulations. The theater did not have a required electric pump on their sprinkler system. (The theater had ordered it but had yet to be delivered.)

Broan on May 31, 2008 at 6:50 pm

THSA has files on some live houses, but for the most part it is not as extensive as the movie houses since that was not its initial focus. Something like the Majestic would probably be on-file.

Broan on May 31, 2008 at 6:49 pm

In 1913, Edison demonstrated a talking pictures invention at the Majestic. Another special presentation of dancers in a film was held in December of that year. I found one reference to it showing films before its vaudeville programs for a little while starting September 1927. This could not have lasted long, because it quit the vaudeville policy by the end of that year and was only open sporadically after 1931. Plans were announced in 1933 to reopen it by the Monroe-State theater company (operators of the Roxy in Franklin, IN, and houses in Kokomo, IN, Peru, IN, and Ottawa, IL) This operated for about a year until Jones, Linick, and Schaefer took over the lease. This did not pan out, and the Majestic remained closed for 11 years before reopening as the Shubert on September 19, 1945

hanksykes on May 31, 2008 at 6:12 pm

It’s always worth a try, the folks at Theatre Historical Society are very knowledgable. Good luck.

OeOeO on May 30, 2008 at 3:55 am

Does anyone know when they ever screened films here? I always remember it as live theater. I would be interested to see history and photos of the Erlanger and Great Northern as well. Does anyone know if the THSA archives data on live stage theaters in addition to movie houses? Thanks in advance.

Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on May 16, 2008 at 3:06 am

Shubert, like the showmen; not Schubert, like the composer.

SPearce on February 18, 2008 at 3:54 am

My dentist, Doc Schwartz, was the first trumpet in the Orchestra of the Schubert Theater and played with it for many seasons (over 20, I would think), retiring, I think, with “Hello Dolly.” He was feted during that run and the cast attended the party.

He told me stories of his trumpeting days (his first love). His family wanted the children all to become professionals so he chose to become a dentist but still played trumpet secondarily, on radio broadcasts beginning in the ‘20s (with studio bands or as a soloist closing the broadcast night out after the music feeds ended from NY). I asked him if he had his own sheet music then and he said, “sheet music?” They were jazz musicians! His office was on the north side at Lawrence and Damen, but he grew up on the south side and he and his friends would steal out of their parents tenement apts and flats late at night to crawl along parapets and L sidings and other rooflines to reach the fire escape of the big (Savoy?) ballroom and lift the windows, or even climb in and sit way up in the rafters, to hear the great jazz musicians play, after whom they would pattern themselves and teach themselves; that being the way they set their own standards. He told me he heard King Oliver and (adding with disdain, as to virtuoso skill) his “insignificant” second trumpet, Louis Armstrong. (In musicology it is my understanding even Mr. Armstrong did not classify himself at the level of King Oliver.)

I saw “Hello Dolly” at the Schubert. I am not sure if I saw “Fiddler on the Roof” there or elsewhere. In high school I and some friends were offered the opportunity to be ushers for Flower Drum Song (probably late 1961-63) and then view it for free. I think that was at the Schubert, but am not certain. After accepting our assignments and heading way up a long, narrow stairwell to the top balcony where we were to work, as we reached the last part of the upper stairwell, one of my two friends told me she suffered from “vertigo” and couldn’t go on, which caused my curtness to rise to the occasion. I was accused of being unsympathetic.

Perhaps, if it hasn’t been renamed yet from its corporate moniker, it might be given a name representing continuity from its past into its future.