Piccadilly Theatre

1443 E. Hyde Park Boulevard,
Chicago, IL 60615

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Broan on January 17, 2016 at 3:11 pm

This and many more THSA pictures of the Piccadilly can be found at Explore Chicago.

Broan on September 28, 2013 at 4:22 pm


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Life's Too Short on September 28, 2013 at 3:34 pm

I wish they hadn’t done that. I was hoping one day someone might come up with a solid reuse idea for the lobby.

Restaurants also fail as often as they succeed. So hopefully the ornamentation doesn’t end up in a dumpster next year.

WayOutWardell on January 29, 2013 at 7:51 pm

Some of the remaining lobby ornamentation has been recently removed and is supposedly going to be reused in a new restaurant in Hyde Park.

rivest266 on June 26, 2012 at 6:04 pm

January 24th, 1927 grand opening ad is in the photo section for this theatre.

Broan on April 18, 2012 at 8:38 pm

Very interesting, thanks!

WayOutWardell on April 18, 2012 at 8:08 pm

There’s a bizarre photo of the auditorium taken in the late ‘60s during construction of a mock-up of Bertrand Goldberg’s San Diego Theatre project.

See here: http://bertrandgoldberg.org/projects/san-diego-theatre/

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Life's Too Short on December 19, 2011 at 10:05 am

The space at the York is definitely better. I think it’s better suited for business and cheaper to maintain. They probably got a better landlord out of it as well.

Broan on December 15, 2011 at 10:59 am

Before they found the space at the York, THSA almost set up their operations there. It’s not the most practical space.

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Life's Too Short on December 15, 2011 at 9:13 am

It’s a shame they don’t do something with that lobby space. After nearly 50 years of hibernation, it’s obvious there is no motivation to do so.

0123456789 on July 22, 2010 at 12:03 pm

I passed by this theatre and the window is painted.

kencmcintyre on March 27, 2010 at 7:47 pm

Here is a March 1945 ad from the Southtown Economist:

psychomom on July 2, 2008 at 8:00 pm

Does anyone know the name of the old restaurant/bar adjacent to the Piccadilly Theatre? Any chance someone remembers the owner’s name – Ken _____________?????

CatherineDiMartino on March 22, 2007 at 5:04 am

Wow, BW Chicago, from the photos it is clear that this was a theatre!

Broan on March 13, 2007 at 4:37 pm

Here are photos of this theatre.

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Life's Too Short on April 4, 2006 at 7:24 am

Regarding the post of April 16, 2004: what do you mean when you say that there is no ornamentation left in the lobby? Is that to say that the fixtures are gone? Or have they stripped all the plater decoration off the walls as well?

dvdmike on March 6, 2006 at 8:36 am

I grew up in Hyde Park and the Piccadilly was just four blocks down the street. I went there a number of times. The last movie I remember seeing there was “Girls, Girls, Girls” with Elvis Presley, I guess around 1962. The same year, my cousin took me to see “13 Ghosts” and “13 West Street” with Alan Ladd. When the theater closed, I was either 8 or 9.

Ziggy on September 3, 2004 at 4:43 pm

A photograph of the Piccadilly’s auditorium may be viewed at the website of the American Theatre Organ Society. Type http://www.atos.org/ into your address window, then click on “entrance”, click on “feature articles”, click on “theatre organs, the lesser known builders”, finally click on “Kilgen Organ Company”. You will see an illustrated article about Kilgen Organs with a photo of the Piccadilly Theatre.

dvdmike on May 31, 2004 at 12:45 am

The dry cleaners on the corner of Hyde Park Boulevard and Blackstone Avenue is still there, but the currency exchange, the shoe repair and the restaurant that stood nexy door to the theatre are long gone.

maureliza on April 16, 2004 at 10:30 am

While the auditorium of the Piccadilly has been demolished, the lobby is still intact and used as a storage area. I was in there about four years ago, and it was still possible to walk up the staircases, but they only led to a wall. There was no ornamentation left in the lobby, and the paint was peeling off the walls. The painted sign on the east side of the building is still visible from Hyde Park Boulevard. The site on which the auditorium was built is now a parking lot.