Roscoe Theatre

2042 W. Roscoe Street,
Chicago, IL 60618

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Tim Paske

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

Contributed by Bryan Krefft

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gjvalent on May 20, 2013 at 8:27 pm

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 on May 20, 2013 at 10:40 pm

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 on May 20, 2013 at 10:47 pm

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 on March 6, 2014 at 9:04 pm

Photos posted in photo section via Forgotten Chicago on Facebook

DavidZornig on March 6, 2014 at 9:27 pm

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

RiisPark99 on March 7, 2014 at 6:15 pm

The photos are now on this site.

DavidZornig on March 7, 2014 at 6:21 pm

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.

Khnemu on November 15, 2016 at 1:33 pm

A building permit is listed in the December 1, 1910 Chicago Tribune:

“2040 to 2042 Roscoe-st, 1 story brick theater, J. Jacobson, $10,000.”

Khnemu on November 15, 2016 at 1:51 pm

From the Film Daily, April 23, 1938:

ASC Seats, Simplex Sound In Chicago’s New Rosco

The new Rosco Theater of the Bland circuit opened here last week. House under management of Stanley Kam, is located at Damen and Roscoe Sts., and was seated by the American Seating Co. Equipment also includes first of the new Simplex sound units to be installed in this city, a Gillespie Dwyer oil heating plant and air conditioning. Magna Arc Peerless lamps are used in the projection booth, and one of the standout features of the house is its indirect lighting system. Front is of Terra Cotta with Whiteway neon lighting. The “streamlined” rest rooms elicited from the opening crowds an unusual degree of interest.

Khnemu on November 15, 2016 at 2:01 pm

It looks like this theater was reopened as the Rosco (no “e”) in 1938. I don’t think the marquee ever was spelled Roscoe like the street.

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