Patio Theatre

6008 West Irving Park Road,
Chicago, IL 60634

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Patio Theatre

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Opened on January 29, 1927, Patio Theatre was one of just a few classic moderately-sized single-screen neighborhood movie houses in Chicago not to have been carved up into multiple screens.

The Patio Theatre is located at the corner of Irving Park Road and Austin Avenue in Chicago’s Portage Park neighborhood.

The Patio Theatre auditorium has a great Atmospheric style effect with twinkling “stars” and drifting “clouds” in a night “sky”. The theater remained unused since it closed in 2001, but work began on restoration in the summer of 2010, and the Patio Theatre reopened on June 3, 2011. After another period of close and the building being sold, a new operator took over and it reopened May 7, 2016 with a screening of “Jaws”.

Contributed by Cheryl Powell, Alan Van Landschoot, Bryan Krefft

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BobbyS
BobbyS on November 23, 2014 at 8:49 pm

Wonder who will pay for the heat/ac to be fixed? Ald. Cullerton is retiring I heard so the city’s help may be off the table. Anyway I hope the classic movie people return someday to show their wonderful programs!

whtesoxfan56
whtesoxfan56 on November 28, 2014 at 4:50 am

I sure hope the heating and A/C issue is tackled, at some point. It’s too bad Kouvalis didn’t take up Cullerton’s(and the city of Chicago’s) grant offer to fix the A/C system, when it was offered. I wonder if his successor, will try to help the new owner(s) get that resolved, if they request that grant again?

GFeret
GFeret on December 21, 2014 at 11:01 pm

PATIO theatre marque was lit up and they’re showing the new Hobbitt movie this weekend there (apparently movies now shown only on weekends)

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on December 22, 2014 at 1:21 am

The Patio’s web site says the house is closed this Monday, but it has show times listed for Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. No reason is given for the Monday closing.

RickB
RickB on February 22, 2015 at 8:44 pm

Under contract for a sale to Eddie Carranza, per DNAInfo.

RickB
RickB on October 11, 2015 at 7:44 am

Sale expected to close soon, not to Carranza but to some unidentified party. Another DNAInfo story here.

DavidZornig
DavidZornig on March 19, 2016 at 2:25 am

New owners applying for alcohol license.

https://www.dnainfo.com/chicago/20160318/portage-park/plan-serve-booze-at-patio-theater-be-presented-sposato-neighbors

Trolleyguy
Trolleyguy on September 10, 2016 at 4:28 pm

The liquor license has been approved with restrictions. https://www.dnainfo.com/chicago/20160831/portage-park/patio-theater-be-allowed-serve-booze-during-shows-ald-sposato-says

BobbyS
BobbyS on September 26, 2016 at 6:51 am

There goes the neighborhood !!

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