Esquire Theatre

58 East Oak Street,
Chicago, IL 60611

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rivest266 on November 23, 2014 at 7:14 pm

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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 :(
View link

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.

JudithK on May 20, 2010 at 1:04 am

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).

CSWalczak on May 7, 2010 at 11:22 pm

In reply to your query, in the 70s, that area was still a rather bustling area at night, with many restaurants, music and jazz clubs, singles bars, even a gay bar or two; many were quite famous in their time, although even then, it was little less than it once was a decade or so earlier. Now it’s becoming more of a “boutique” shopping area, much less a nighttime destination.