Diversey Theatre

3018 W. Diversey Avenue,
Chicago, IL 60647

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Diversey Theatre, Chicago, IL

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This small theater was in operation at least 1912-1913 and last functioned as an auto repair shop.

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kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on June 14, 2008 at 2:08 pm

There is a photo of the theater on Google maps. It looks like some kind of garage, but it’s hard to tell.

oak1895
oak1895 on January 7, 2009 at 11:54 pm

The Diversey Theater was converted from a single screen/ stage theater to a shopping mall in the 1970s and renamed: The Century Shopping Center. On March 31, 2000, Landmark Theaters opened seven screens, on the 4th, 5th, and 6th levels of the shopping center, with stadium-seating, dedicated to independent and foreign language films. Over the last decade, the number of shops in the complex has declined with high levels of turnover. The theater complex though continues to preform extremely well and is usually mostly sold out on the weekends. Of the original Diversy Theater, nothing remains except for the terra cotta facade. A marquee was added to the facade when theaters were added to the mall in 2000.

CSWalczak
CSWalczak on January 8, 2009 at 12:40 am

This Diversey Theater is not the one that became the Century Shopping Center; that theater (which began its life as the Diversey and was later named the Century) is currently listed on CT as Landmark’s Century Center Cinema, and is located at 2828 North Clark. This entry above refers to a much older theater that was actually located on Diversey.

oak1895
oak1895 on January 8, 2009 at 12:52 am

Whoops, sorry about that, I didn’t note the address of this Diversey Theater.

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