Grove Theatre

7616-20 South Cottage Grove Avenue,
Chicago, IL 60619

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Grove Theatre

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A large movie house in the Grand Crossing neighborhood, the Grove could seat over 1800 and was opened in 1926.

Designed in the Spanish Baroque style, with an ornate terra-cotta facade, the Grove’s exterior is quite similar (on a smaller scale) in appearance to another W.W. Ahlschlager designed Chicago neighborhood theater, the Belmont Theatre in Lakeview, now demolished except for its facade.

Operated by Warner Brothers/Stanley-Warner during the 30s 40s and into the mid-50s, the Grove was a first-run house for most of its existence.

After it closed as a movie theater in the 70s, it later became home to a church.

Contributed by Bryan Krefft

Recent comments (view all 7 comments)

spectrum
spectrum on November 12, 2010 at 8:06 pm

This is now the Israel Methodist Community Church.

TLSLOEWS
TLSLOEWS on June 24, 2011 at 11:17 am

What a great photo,Thanks for posting.

Life's Too Short
Life's Too Short on March 6, 2012 at 1:24 pm

Fantastic photo Bryan. That’s the first one I’ve ever seen of it before it was a church.

rivest266
rivest266 on June 25, 2012 at 11:35 am

May 12th, 1926 grand opening ad has been uploaded here.

warnergrand
warnergrand on January 24, 2013 at 7:07 am

Wonder what the auditorium looks like now. Are we guessing that it probably looks like the central park with the balcony separated?

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