Lexington Theatre

715 S. Pulaski Road,
Chicago, IL 60624

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Newspaper ad from Aug. 15, 1945 Chicago Herald-American showing what was playing at the Lex Theatre

Located in the Garfield Park neighborhood on Crawford Road (later renamed S. Pulaski Road) at W. Lexington Street, near where the Eisenhower Expressway runs through today. The Lexington Theatre was in operation at least from the early-1920’s. It was operating into the early-1950’s. It was last part of the Cooper-Kirsch Theaters chain.

Contributed by Bryan Krefft

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greginbur on March 16, 2014 at 10:54 am

The Kimball organ from this Theatre survives in a Chicago Catholic Church.

Mister_Comics on September 24, 2017 at 12:52 pm

During the 40’s this theatre would give away free dinnerware plates (Smith Taylor brand) to the ladies that came to the show on certain nights.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on June 15, 2018 at 4:45 pm

The Lexington Theatre at 40th Avenue (now Pulaski Road) and Lexington Street in Chicago was listed in the 1914-1915 American Motion Picture Directory twice, once with that address and once with the address 715 S. Crawford Avenue, which was another aka for Pulaski Road. Another Lexington Theatre was listed at 1168 E. 63rd Street.

It seems quite likely that the Lexington Theatre on Pulaski Road was the project noted in the June 25, 1910 issue of The Economist, which gave the address of the site as 3952-4-6-8 Lexington Street. The two-story brick theater and store building, 121x84 feet, was designed for P. Schiavire & Son by architect Alexander L. Levy.

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