Patio Theatre

6008 West Irving Park Road,
Chicago, IL 60634

Unfavorite 41 people favorited this theater

Showing 1 - 25 of 268 comments

BobbyS
BobbyS on July 15, 2014 at 6:46 pm

Wow, double the rents !! The stores are barely hanging on now. Just what Chicago needs more empty stores and even less population.

GFeret
GFeret on July 15, 2014 at 4:27 am

yes up for sale, the broker ESSEX says “there’s much to be gained by raising the rents up to current market levels”. warning to tenants—get out now while you can, forces are at work to double your rents. leave nothing behind but an empty shell

R8teco
R8teco on July 14, 2014 at 11:10 am

http://www.chicagobusiness.com/realestate/20140714/CRED03/140719944/patio-theater-in-portage-park-goes-up-for-sale

Trolleyguy
Trolleyguy on May 6, 2014 at 3:09 am

In this part of the city, the trend has been to take major intersection corner properties and convert them to either Walgreens or CVS stores. Maybe the Patio owner has been offered a deal to good to refuse?

Life's Too Short
Life's Too Short on May 5, 2014 at 10:39 pm

I was out this way to shoot some pool about a month ago at the Chicago Billiard Cafe. I haven’t stopped in this neighborhood in years. First I had to pay $2.00 to park my car on the street at 8 P.M. on a Tuesday. Then on my way home some gizmo on a lamp post flashed at me as I went by Portage Park. It was about 10:30 P.M. and I was going about 34-36 MPH with the flow of traffic on Irving Park. Now I’m expecting a violation in the mail and judging by the $100 parking ticket I got last month it is bound to be obscene.

I thought it looked like Irving & Austin has taken a step down in the last ten years. Having to run a gauntlet of fees to take my business out there doesn’t make me enthusiastic about going back.

BobbyS
BobbyS on April 16, 2014 at 7:13 pm

GFeret, I hope you are wrong. But that would explain why the grant never came to be. It is hard to believe the city would not try and keep this corner alive & open for business and not add to the vacant stores. One only has to travel down the street and see what a closed Portage theatre can do to the vacancy rate!

GFeret
GFeret on April 15, 2014 at 8:46 am

the recent article about Patio closing is worded more like the theatre’s closing for good, not just for summer. The air conditioning needing repair (more accurately complete replacement I think) while certainly a major issue seems to me to be covering for other matters. The theatre owner makes claims he really wants for the Patio theatre to return to operation, but his actions show nothing of the kind, only avoidance and delays. Chicago Ald. Cullerton got a city grant to pay for the needed new AC system, but the owner ignored it. The appearance is the grant came w/ provisions he didn’t like. My strong suspicion is the owner has distinct other plans for his building, and unless Patio theatre management is placed into the hands of somebody else with movie bacground we have seen the end (or will be seeing the end during these final 2 April weekends) of films @ the Patio

hdtv267
hdtv267 on April 11, 2014 at 5:31 am

The Patio will be closing for the summer, unless it can get some sort of help in getting the air conditioning fixed

http://www.chicagotribune.com/entertainment/movies/ct-chicago-closeup-patio-theater-20140410,0,5895937.column

DaveM
DaveM on August 21, 2013 at 3:57 pm

The Patio is changing from a sub-run to a revival policy, featuring films from the 60s, 70s and 80s, starting this September. The Patio will also continue to host the Northwest Chicago Film Society.

http://www.chicagoreader.com/Bleader/archives/2013/08/21/the-northwest-chicago-film-society-and-the-patio-theater-are-both-alive-and-well

BobbyS
BobbyS on July 12, 2013 at 5:43 pm

I thought the Portage was THE place to see a classic film. No more. The Patio is THE place to see a classic film and the people that run the programs are the best. Always great pre-show attractions and very interesting stories behind the scenes. These three people know what they are doing…BRAVO !!

BobbyS
BobbyS on May 30, 2013 at 8:12 am

Thanks Broan, Good News.. There was a very good audience for Monday night and the theater looked beautiful.

Broan
Broan on May 30, 2013 at 6:42 am

It’ll be open for some special events however. Another Northwest Chicago Film Society screening is scheduled for Wednesday. I imagine this will continue as weather permits.

BobbyS
BobbyS on May 25, 2013 at 4:56 pm

I know the city doesn’t set rates, but didn’t the city just announce meters will be in use to 10pm nitely? What a killer for businesses……

Broan
Broan on May 25, 2013 at 4:40 pm

The Portage was closed by the owner. He could have remained open with the liquor license in limbo but chose not to. The city does not set the meter fees, Daley sold the meters to a private company.

BobbyS
BobbyS on May 25, 2013 at 4:36 pm

Another blow to Irving Park theaters, the Portage Theater was closed indefinetly by the City of Chicago today over liquor license problems with the new owners. This is bad news for the Portage. Theater was doing very well with the classic film series every week. So many factors are in play to keep these beautiful theaters open and running. It is a real uphill battle. The city really doesn’t give a damn or they would find ways to keep the area from becoming so blight. They are too busy trying to increase the parking meter fees so nobody wants to pay the insane high fees to attend a local movie house. No wonder so many empty storefronts surrounding these movie theaters. What a pity!!

RickB
RickB on May 25, 2013 at 2:11 pm

Theater will be closed for the summer due to a broken air conditioning system. DNAInfo story here.

TivFan
TivFan on February 11, 2013 at 12:30 am

Take a look at “The Cost of History” featuring the Patio Theatre. Go to the CT home page and click on “Latest movie theater videos”.

LouRugani
LouRugani on February 10, 2013 at 4:34 pm

Here’s a memorial tribute to Mr. Alex Kouvalis, who I was fortunate to meet shortly after he took over the PATIO. http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=pi&GRid=104918232 Comments and tributes are welcome.

Trolleyguy
Trolleyguy on January 27, 2013 at 5:42 am

The digital projector has been in since November. Check the website.

Life's Too Short
Life's Too Short on January 27, 2013 at 4:11 am

Digital projectors are in now from what I understand.

BobbyS
BobbyS on October 9, 2012 at 7:17 pm

True. Parking is free after 9pm where there is a paybox. What is insane is they have to be fed on Sunday. No wonder so many vacant storefronts on city streets. Why pay when suburbs are so easily gotten too. Sorry Rahm, this should have been overturned.

Broan
Broan on October 9, 2012 at 9:54 am

Pearselives is correct, many pay zones are free after a certain time of night.

Cheryl44
Cheryl44 on October 9, 2012 at 9:44 am

You can’t park free anywhere in the city where there is a box on the street. No more free nights, no more free Sundays, no parking holidays.

RickB
RickB on August 28, 2012 at 12:48 pm

A conversation with Patio owner Demetri Kouvalis about the digital conversion here.

pearselives1916
pearselives1916 on July 20, 2012 at 4:00 pm

I love this place. As far as the parking goes, most people do not know that you can park on Irving for free after 9 on Fridays and Saturdays. There may be other days, but I’m not exactly sure. The paybox will say if payment is required or not. We always go to the later show and never have any issue parking directly across the street. There is usually plenty of parking in the neighborhood and on Austin as well. Just make sure that you aren’t in a permit area and come expecting a little bit of a walk just in case.