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 8 comments)

spectrum on November 13, 2010 at 6:06 am

This is now the Israel Methodist Community Church.

TLSLOEWS on June 24, 2011 at 10:17 pm

What a great photo,Thanks for posting.

Life's Too Short
Life's Too Short on March 6, 2012 at 11:24 pm

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

rivest266 on June 25, 2012 at 10:35 pm

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

warnergrand on January 24, 2013 at 5:07 pm

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

Broan on October 10, 2015 at 3:18 pm

Here is a nice opening day photo.

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