Esquire Theatre

58 East Oak Street,
Chicago, IL 60611

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Esquire Theatre

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Originally the 1938 movie house had a single auditorium with over 1,400 seats, but the Esquire Theatre underwent a conversion to a six-plex in 1988.

Most recently operated by the AMC Entertainment chain after many years under the Loews Cineplex chain, the Esquire Theatre was closed in September 2006.

In 2011, the Esquire Theatre was gutted and its marquee removed, and will become retail space. The vertical sign and part of its facade will be retained.

Contributed by Ross Melnick

Recent comments (view all 189 comments)

Broan
Broan on August 25, 2011 at 5:55 pm

http://chicago.curbed.com/archives/2011/08/25/construction-of-esquire-retail-complex-underway.php

Broan
Broan on May 13, 2012 at 1:14 pm

http://calumet412.tumblr.com/post/22916050294/two-interior-photos-of-the-esquire-theater-on-oak

DavidZornig
DavidZornig on May 13, 2012 at 5:22 pm

Broan, your above link is not accessable.
When CT changed their website format, they changed the manner in which links need to be embedded into comments.

Unfortunately I do not know what that requires. Therefore I only attach photos in the Photo Section.

Broan
Broan on May 13, 2012 at 5:30 pm

Just copy and paste the address, David. I don’t always have time to mess with the HTML link formatting, but the URL address works and that’s what matters.

Tim O'Neill
Tim O'Neill on May 13, 2012 at 6:39 pm

Here’s what I usually do with links; I BLUE copy it; then go to my e-mail; click “COMPOSE”; paste link onto page where I would normally type e-mail; send it to myself….and then click link and WALLLLA….there’s the link with photos of video clip….

CSWalczak
CSWalczak on May 13, 2012 at 7:24 pm

Click here to see Broan’s pictures.

Tinseltoes
Tinseltoes on June 28, 2012 at 9:17 pm

Here’s a 1944 trade article celebrating the seventh anniversary of the Esquire’s existence: boxofficemagazine

Life's Too Short
Life's Too Short on November 13, 2012 at 8:09 am

Judgement should not be passed until they finish. But to me it looks like this is going to be an extremely clumsy-looking building.

RJT70mm
RJT70mm on November 13, 2012 at 3:28 pm

In “the Sound Track Book of the Theatre” published by Motiograph in the late forties there’s an article about the Esqire’s booth and projectionist Lou Malisoff. They had Motiograph K’s, RCA 1050’s and Brenkert Enarcs.

mo4040
mo4040 on July 17, 2014 at 3:15 am

Another great movie house shuttered. I remember when the Esquire ran ‘Star Wars’ non-stop in the summer of 1977.

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