Ken Theatre

1225 E. 47th Street,
Chicago, IL 60653

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KEN (KENWOOD) Theatre; Chicago, Illinois.

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The Kenwood opened in 1913, one of the early theaters in the Schoenstadt circuit, in the South Side Chicago neighborhood of the same name. It sat 885 and a Kilgen organ was added in 1926.

The Kenwood was closed in 1939, but reopened two years later after being transformed by an Art Moderne remodeling from architect Roy B. Blass. It was renamed the Ken around this time, and continued to operate until 1961. It was torn down soon after it closed and a parking lot is on the site today.

Contributed by Bryan Krefft

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kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on April 5, 2006 at 6:18 pm

That’s two, then. There’s a Ken in San Diego. A worthy name.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on September 10, 2007 at 9:56 pm

A Kilgen theater organ opus 3515 size 2/5 style U012 was installed in the Kenwood Theater in 1926. There must have been another organ prior to the Kilgen. Note: Style U012 Special; used Kimball taken in on trade.

Broan
Broan on October 7, 2007 at 5:49 am

The original architects were Grossman & Proskauer.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on November 26, 2008 at 5:08 am

Phone number in 1960 was KEnwood 6-6000.

KenC
KenC on December 27, 2008 at 4:11 pm

From the Chicago Sun Times movie listings on Friday,May 17, 1957: KEN 1225 E. 47th- Open 6- .50 All Times 3 -FEATURES- 3 “ATTACK of the CRAB MONSTERS” “NOT OF THIS EARTH” “TENSION AT TABLE ROCK”.

Tinseltoes
Tinseltoes on June 26, 2012 at 3:16 pm

The Ken Theatre was featured in this 1941 trade article on “The Magic of Black Light”: boxofficemagazine

Tinseltoes
Tinseltoes on June 26, 2012 at 3:29 pm

Another 1941 trade article on the Ken Theatre: boxofficemagazine

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on September 26, 2012 at 1:22 am

According to the Boxoffice articles Tinseltoes linked to, the architect for the 1941 remodeling of the Ken Theatre was Roy B. Blass.

davidplomin
davidplomin on May 12, 2013 at 2:36 am

Impressive facade for a small neighborhood theater! A shame they tore it down. I think Every neighborhood in Chicago should have a theater for the community. Senior Center, Youth Center, to keep the kids off the street. I wonder if the aldermans really care. I’ve driven through the ghettos of the south and west sides of Chicago since my first trip with my Dad back in the 70’s when they were tearing down the Senate Theater at Madison and Kedzie. After 40 plus years, and Still empty lots and storefront churches with bars on their windows and landmarks like these theaters waiting for a renewal, only to be torn down………I feel sad that the people who live there will soon have no connection to the past. Might as well live in the boring burbs like I do now!!

Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois
Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois on May 14, 2013 at 2:50 pm

Anyone know what happened to the Kilgen Theater Pipe Organ installed in the Kenwood in 1926?

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