9205 S. Commercial Avenue,
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The Gayety opened in 1908 as a vaudeville and motion picture theater, later changing over to movies only.
The Gayety was located on Commerical Avenue, the South Chicago neighborhood’s main retail district. Next door to the theater was the equally-popular Gayety Soda Shop.
In 1957, the Gayety switched from first-run features to Spanish-language films, reflecting the change in the populace of the neighborhood from heavily Eastern European to mainly Latino. It was from then on called the Teatro Gayety.
A fire gutted the Gayety in May of 1982, and the theater was demolished not long after, replaced by a fast food restaurant.
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