Gayety Theatre

9205 S. Commercial Avenue,
Chicago, IL 60617

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DavidZornig on October 23, 2018 at 1:47 pm

The end of Gayety’s last shop.

DavidZornig on October 24, 2015 at 6:12 pm

Circa 1965 photo added courtesy of Scott Orsi.

DavidZornig on April 4, 2015 at 6:42 pm

Gayety’s website also has a small photo in a collage. Copy & paste to view.

DavidZornig on April 4, 2015 at 6:36 pm

Just added a Mother’s Day 1949 photo credit and courtesy of Gayety’s Ice Cream Parlor. Via their Facebook page. Now in Lansing Illinois, Gayety’s was originally next door to the Gayety Theatre. I also added another photo of the postcard, that they have hanging on their milk shake machine.

paulnelson on April 20, 2013 at 6:59 pm

What a great candy colored postcard pic. Sign and cartoons are classic.

Don Lewis
Don Lewis on October 19, 2010 at 7:55 pm

From the 1950s a postcard view of the Gayety Theatre in Chicago.

TLSLOEWS on March 5, 2010 at 4:04 pm

Another one burnt up or down I should say.

mikeroman on January 30, 2010 at 2:54 pm

I remember watching several movies in Spanish with my friends and girlfriends at the Gayety Theater on Commercial Avenue. Mr. Henry Mendoza, whose mother worked there as a cashier, was the manager of my band, The Tellstars, and he got us a gig performing at the theater.

I was sad to see that an arson fire gutted the theater in May 1982, and it was demolished soon thereafter to make way for McDonald’s Theater. The only remaining area theater at that time was the Chelten Theater on South Exchange Avenue, which eventually suffered the same fate.(The Commercial Theater, located one block north of the Gayety Theater, had already been torn down to make way for a mini-mall in 1969.)

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marc045 on February 24, 2009 at 10:42 pm

Was there another Gayety Theater at 82nd & Exchange? I remember walking there with my sisters when we were very young in the mid/late 1960’s. We would go to the Sunday matinee and then stop at the Pepe’s taco stand on the way home. It changed to an all Spanish format in the 70’s. I could swear it was named Gayety’s but I could be wrong.

kencmcintyre on November 25, 2008 at 8:52 pm

1960 yellow pages listing:

Gayety Theatre
9205 S. Commercial

Spanish Pictures Only
Peliculas En Espanol Solamente
SO 8-0327

kencmcintyre on January 27, 2008 at 5:30 pm

Here is an undated photo when the Gayety was showing Spanish films:

Paul Fortini
Paul Fortini on April 26, 2006 at 4:46 pm

The style of streetlights would place the photo in the late 1970s or early 1980s. The ice cream shop remained open for a brief time after the theatre closed. I remember going there circa 1980.