1510 E. 63rd Street,
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One of Chicago’s great lost movie palaces, the Tower, located in the Woodlawn neighborhood at 63rd Street between Stony Island and Blackstone Avenues, near Jackson Park, was one of a trio of very similarly designed (and sized) theaters built by the firm of Fridstein & Company for the Lubliner & Trinz circuit (the Harding, Tower and Congress).
The Tower, the largest of the three, seated just under 3000, and was opened in early 1926, half a year after the Harding, and half a year before the Congress.
All three were designed in a similar Italian Renaissance style. Of the three, the Tower would be the least ornately decorated, but had a large stage and, like its siblings, was home to vaudeville and stage shows in addition to motion pictures for its first decade or so in operation.
In 1928, the Tower, along with the entire Lubliner & Trinz chain, was swallowed up by the Balaban & Katz empire of theaters. It remained a B & K house for the remainder of its existence.
The Tower closed sometime in the 1950s and has, unfortunately, long since been demolished.
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