West Theatre

2743 W. Cermak Road,
Chicago, IL 60608

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West Theatre

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Opened in 1917 as the Parkway and later renamed the Western, this North Lawndale neighborhood theater stood on West 22nd Street (later renamed Cermak Road) at Fairfield Avenue, not far from Douglas Park. By 1923, it had become a dance hall, but a year later, shows up as the New Western Theatre. Finally renamed the West Theatre, it was operated from the 40s at least into the mid-50s as part of the Goodman & Harrison chain.

Today, the building which housed the West Theatre is used as a real estate office. Its elegant terra-cotta decorated facade with an arch over the main entrance is still unmistakably theatrical in appearance.

Contributed by Bryan Krefft, BWChicago

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repowers on July 14, 2008 at 2:55 pm


The theater as it currently appears. Some ornamental cresting is pretty clearly missing from the roofline above the arch.

Broan on July 27, 2011 at 9:10 pm

Here is a photo of the theater while serving as the Galaxia Ballroom

ktsmith2557 on March 23, 2013 at 9:18 am

Showtime TV series, “Shameless” filmed several scenes on site and across the street at California Ave. And Cermak Rd.

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