7616-20 S. Cottage Grove Avenue,
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Architects: Walter W. Ahlschlager
Styles: Spanish Baroque
A large movie house in the Grand Crossing neighborhood, the Grove Theatre could seat over 1,800 and was opened by Lubliner & Trinz on May 12, 1926 with Rod LaRocque in “Bachelor Brides”.
Designed in the Spanish Baroque style, with an ornate terra-cotta facade, the Grove Theatre’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 1930’s, 1940’s and into the mid-1950’s, the Grove Theatre was a first-run house for most of its existence.
After it closed as a movie theatre in the 1970’s, it later became home to a church.
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