Bank of America Theatre

22 W. Monroe Street,
Chicago, IL 60603

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Broan
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

mp775
mp775 on January 7, 2011 at 12:57 pm

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

DonLewis
DonLewis on November 21, 2010 at 10:24 pm

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

DavidZornig
DavidZornig on August 19, 2010 at 12:54 pm

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.

SusanD
SusanD on August 19, 2010 at 6:50 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

William
William on August 19, 2010 at 6:44 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.

CharlesR
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.

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

Makes it sound like a Credit Card company i hate.

Bruce C.
Bruce C. on April 12, 2010 at 11:17 am

I wish we could go back to the shubert or even the Majestic. The last two names have been horrible.

CSWalczak
CSWalczak on April 12, 2010 at 10:32 am

Not as ugly as the name though.

TLSLOEWS
TLSLOEWS on April 12, 2010 at 9:28 am

What an ugly marquee!!!

Bruce C.
Bruce C. on July 1, 2009 at 1:57 pm

Here’s a recent picture of the Bank of America Theatre (taken on July 1, 2009):

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Life's Too Short
Life's Too Short on June 30, 2009 at 8:22 am

Lots of cool Chicago photos in this set:

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Worth your time to look around.

DavidZornig
DavidZornig on April 14, 2009 at 12:34 pm

Reactivate Notification Status.

jwballer
jwballer on March 3, 2009 at 7:29 pm

does anyone have recent photos

DavidZornig
DavidZornig on November 17, 2008 at 8:25 pm

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
Englewood on June 6, 2008 at 10:23 am

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
Broan on May 31, 2008 at 10:50 am

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
Broan on May 31, 2008 at 10:49 am

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
hanksykes on May 31, 2008 at 10:12 am

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

OeOeO
OeOeO on May 29, 2008 at 7:55 pm

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 15, 2008 at 7:06 pm

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

SPearce
SPearce on February 17, 2008 at 7:54 pm

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.

Broan
Broan on January 21, 2008 at 4:10 pm

Some research has indicated that Rapp’s involvement may have been limited to the elaborately themed and now lost mens and women’s lounges

Broan
Broan on January 21, 2008 at 3:58 pm

Here is a better scan of the Majestic Bar’s interior. Again, this is now the ticket lobby.