Esquire Theatre

58 East Oak Street,
Chicago, IL 60611

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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.

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.

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.

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

CSWalczak on May 13, 2012 at 7:24 pm

Click here to see Broan’s pictures.

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….

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.

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 on May 13, 2012 at 1:14 pm

Broan on August 25, 2011 at 5:55 pm

Broan on July 28, 2011 at 4:44 am

Here is a 1955 photo of the topiary at the Esquire

CompassRose on February 21, 2011 at 5:42 am

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 on February 21, 2011 at 2:41 am

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 on February 21, 2011 at 1:42 am

The marble looks like the Esquire though.

CompassRose on February 20, 2011 at 10:36 pm

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

Tinseltoes on February 20, 2011 at 9:32 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 on February 20, 2011 at 5:10 pm

Ticket booth at Esquire, 1951: Esquire.

0123456789 on February 2, 2011 at 1:14 am

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

Tinseltoes on December 16, 2010 at 5:56 pm

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 12:00 pm

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 on October 14, 2010 at 12:17 am

only if someone buys it

jwballer on October 13, 2010 at 11:45 pm

The marquee is being salvaged :(
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Tim O'Neill
Tim O'Neill on June 29, 2010 at 5:44 am

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.