715 W. 63rd Street,
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Opened on September 4, 1920, in the heart of the-then bustling Englewood business district, the Stratford Theater was a large theater which presented vaudeville acts as well as movies for its first couple of decades.
Built for the Cooney Brothers circuit, the Stratford Theater was operated by Warner Brothers from the 1930’s into the 1950’s.
With the 1931 opening of the palatial and even larger Southtown Theatre just up 63rd Street, the Stratford Theater’s popularity started to wane.
The Southtown Theatre very quickly succeeded the Stratford Theater as the neighborhood’s premier entertainment venue. The Stratford Theater managed to remain in business, ironically, for many years after the Southtown Theatre closed and was converted into Carr’s department store in the late-1950’s.
The Stratford Theater has since been torn down.
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