Theatorium

178 N. State Street,
Chicago, IL 60601

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1907 photo courtesy of the Vintage Point Facebook page.

This early movie theater, which opened in 1907 at the corner of N. State Street and W. Lake Street, closed in 1917 and was torn down to make way for the State-Lake Building.

Contributed by Bryan Krefft

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DavidZornig
DavidZornig on February 8, 2014 at 5:14 pm

Just added a photo of the Theatorium, though it was labeled as 1907.

DavidZornig
DavidZornig on October 6, 2018 at 7:15 pm

On page 113 of the book Downtown Chicago’s Historic Theatres by Konrad Schiecke it states that the Theatorium opened at 178 N. State in 1908 with 299 seats, owned by V.C. Seaver. The farthest North of the State Street nickelodians. I believe it was 1907 or just earlier though, because the Theatorium sign appears in Han Behms 1907 photo, and that was the year the clock on the State & Randolph corner of Marshall Fields was installed. The clock is not up yet in the 1907 photo link below. Click on View Full Size for incredible detail. (Either way, it did not open in 1911 as the CT Overview states. It opened in 1907 at the earliest.)

http://www.shorpy.com/node/12701

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