Roscoe Theatre

2042 W. Roscoe Street,
Chicago, IL 60618

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The Seeley Theatre was in operation from 1914 until 1929. The theater was reopened in 1938 as the Roscoe Theatre, and operated until 1953. It was located in the Roscoe Village neighborhood, on Roscoe Street and Seeley Avenue.

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thejimdoherty
thejimdoherty on January 19, 2011 at 12:57 pm

The earlier posts about Sussex and Reilly are correct. If you go through the alley, you can still see the original back of the building. When I was a kid (I grew up a few blocks away from the theatre), the building was already the German club, but if I remember correctly, the facade still retained the red, white and blue ceramic tiles, which I presume were from its theatre days. My mom used to go the the Roscoe growing up. Across the street was Hoffing’s Dept. Store (where the Village thrift store is now). I hope someone turns up some pictures.

mark huster
mark huster on June 1, 2012 at 5:25 pm

I grew up at 3517 n bell, wish there were some pictures as well, never was in the theater building but we sure went to Hoffing’s a lot!

ALDO7
ALDO7 on November 5, 2012 at 1:08 pm

i lived at 3452 hamilton from 1939 to 56. have been in the theater countless times. changed the marquee, sold popcorn, etc. i believe the capacity was around 300, as it had no balcony. i had correspondence with a local pub owner several years ago. she said she had lots of roscoe st. pix, incl the Roscoe, but had to rummage the basement, nothing ever came of it. maybe it’s time to bug her again. if she’s still alive, and is willing to look for the treasure. i’ll be happy to share.

gjvalent
gjvalent on May 20, 2013 at 9:27 am

I was born in 1950, and grew up at 2315 Roscoe from 1952 to 1969. My dad said that he took me to the Roscoe Theater once. I remember it mostly as the Rosco Hall, the German social club. The E was removed from the bottom of the sign, during renovation I guess. My family shopped a lot at Hoffings, unless we went to swanky Wieboldt’s on Lincoln Ave.

thejimdoherty
thejimdoherty on May 20, 2013 at 11:40 am

To ALDO7: Please, oh please, pester that pub owner again. I would absolutely love to see pictures of Roscoe Street from that era. I know I’ll be sorry I ever said this, but I’d even pay to to see pictures of Roscoe Street from that era. I’ve been online many times trying to dig up Roscoe images from my youth, and found next to nothing.

thejimdoherty
thejimdoherty on May 20, 2013 at 11:47 am

To gjvalent: Hey, I lived right around the corner from you at 3425 N. Claremont, from 1959-1988. You’ll be happy to know that so far, your old building is still intact, even after a plague of McMansions in the area.

Broan
Broan on March 6, 2014 at 11:04 am

Photos posted in photo section via Forgotten Chicago on Facebook

DavidZornig
DavidZornig on March 6, 2014 at 11:27 am

FYI, I was waiting for permission to post those. So I could credit the original source and share his story.

RiisPark99
RiisPark99 on March 7, 2014 at 8:15 am

The photos are now on this site.

DavidZornig
DavidZornig on March 7, 2014 at 8:21 am

Yes I’m aware, thank you. I added one more from Tim Paske of his father out front. He had private messaged me on Facebook.

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