Esquire Theatre

58 E. Oak Street,
Chicago, IL 60611

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Esquire Theatre

Opened on February 16, 1938 with Jeanette McDonald in “The Firefly”. The Esquire Theatre 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 became retail space. The vertical sign and part of its facade was retained.

Contributed by Ross Melnick

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CSWalczak on May 13, 2012 at 11:24 am

Click here to see Broan’s pictures.

Life's Too Short
Life's Too Short on November 13, 2012 at 12:09 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 on November 13, 2012 at 7:28 am

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 on July 16, 2014 at 7:15 pm

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

rivest266 on November 23, 2014 at 11:14 am

February 16th, 1938 uploaded in photo section as well as

Also: February 2nd, 1990 grand opening ad also in photo section

DavidZornig on November 16, 2015 at 7:16 am

Circa 1937 aerial photo added showing construction of the Esquire Theatre, courtesy of Javier Quevedo.

juliamcfit on February 2, 2016 at 10:29 am

Does anyone know the what the premier date for Gone With The Wind was-at the Esquire theater, in 1940? Also the dates for premiers also at esquire in spring, summer 1939. I’m looking for a magazine cover of my grandmother standing in a long line at the Esquire in 1939 or 1940. Any help would be appreciated!

Tim O'Neill
Tim O'Neill on February 2, 2016 at 10:33 am

GONE WITH THE WIND premiered simultaneously at the Woods and Oriental Theatres. Maybe GWTW played at the Esquire later in 1940; I’m not sure.

DavidZornig on January 25, 2019 at 7:31 pm

Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steak House in the shell of the former Esquire building is now permanently closed as of January 2019. Apparently originally announced in November 2018.

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