Esquire Theatre

58 East Oak Street,
Chicago, IL 60611

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RJT70mm
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.

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.

Tinseltoes
Tinseltoes on June 28, 2012 at 1:17 pm

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

CSWalczak
CSWalczak on May 13, 2012 at 11:24 am

Click here to see Broan’s pictures.

Tim O'Neill
Tim O'Neill on May 13, 2012 at 10:39 am

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….

Broan
Broan on May 13, 2012 at 9:30 am

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.

DavidZornig
DavidZornig on May 13, 2012 at 9:22 am

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 5:14 am

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

Broan
Broan on August 25, 2011 at 9:55 am

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

Broan
Broan on July 27, 2011 at 8:44 pm

Here is a 1955 photo of the topiary at the Esquire

CompassRose
CompassRose on February 20, 2011 at 9:42 pm

Hmmm. You’re right, it does look like it might say Carnegie. Perhaps the eBay seller got it wrong, or the original newspaper photographer? (The actual caption says the Esquire on Rush, so something is wrong.)

I purchased images from this seller before, and he told me his negatives came from the Sun-Times or the Detroit News.

RickB
RickB on February 20, 2011 at 6:41 pm

There’s a larger version of the picture here right now. Using a zoom function to examine the sign above the admission price, I’m pretty sure that it says “CARNEGIE THEATRE”. The turnstile could be a relic of the Carnegie’s brief early existence as a newsreel theater just a couple years before. What the 12-year-old is doing on Rush Street in the dark is another matter.

Broan
Broan on February 20, 2011 at 5:42 pm

The marble looks like the Esquire though.

CompassRose
CompassRose on February 20, 2011 at 2:36 pm

That’s what the original caption on the photo says…the image came from a Sun-Times archive.

Tinseltoes
Tinseltoes on February 20, 2011 at 1:32 pm

Are you sure that’s this Esquire Theatre? I’m surprised to see a “deluxe” first-run house of that size with a turnstile entrance. And what about that twelve-year-old boy buying a ticket on his own at what appears to be nighttime? The posted admission price is 85 cents.

CompassRose
CompassRose on February 20, 2011 at 9:10 am

Ticket booth at Esquire, 1951: Esquire.

0123456789
0123456789 on February 1, 2011 at 5:14 pm

They still use the theatre for little things like boy scotts, and farmers market I know, becuase I live over there.

Tinseltoes
Tinseltoes on December 16, 2010 at 9:56 am

Fifty years ago today (which happened to be a Friday), Jules Dassin’s “Never on Sunday,” which made an international star of Melina Mercouri, opened its Chicago premiere engagement at the Esquire Theatre. An added attraction was “Day of the Painter,” which went on to win an ‘Oscar’ as best live action short subject of 1960. Mercouri was less successful in the race for best actress, losing to Elizabeth Taylor for “BUtterfield 8.” Both played prostitutes, but Taylor had the advantage of a “sympathy vote” for having recently survived double pneumonia and emergency surgery.

Life's Too Short
Life's Too Short on October 14, 2010 at 4:00 am

I think the Urban Remains listing is inaccurate. That sign is not from the 30’s, if memory serves. I think it is a recreation installed at the time of the multiplex conversion.

Broan
Broan on October 13, 2010 at 4:17 pm

only if someone buys it

jwballer
jwballer on October 13, 2010 at 3:45 pm

The marquee is being salvaged :(
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Tim O'Neill
Tim O'Neill on June 28, 2010 at 9:44 pm

I just watched an episode of the late 1950s television series, M SQUAD, starring Lee Marvin. The exteriors were filmed in Chicago. In tonight’s episode, Lee Marvin can be seen getting into a car and across the street is the Esquire Theatre.

JudithK
JudithK on May 19, 2010 at 5:04 pm

I saw “Star Trek: the Motion Picture” at the Esquire. The theatre was better than the movie (I prefer “Star Trek II: the Wrath of Khan” myself).