Cadillac Palace Theatre

151 West Randolph Street,
Chicago, IL 60601

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JudithK
JudithK on February 16, 2013 at 6:48 pm

Never visited the Palace Theatre until it reopened as the Cadillac Palace Theatre for the show “The Producers”. Wonderful place!

Brad Smith
Brad Smith on February 19, 2011 at 5:46 pm

Here’s a photograph of the Palace Theatre taken in 1936 and another photograph taken in 1937 by George Mann of the comedy dance team, Barto and Mann.

LouisRugani
LouisRugani on October 10, 2010 at 1:59 pm

Boy Kisses Girl, Then Kills Her

‘Sealed Lips’ on Screen As Youth Chooses Theater for Shooting

CHICAGO. Feb 25, 1942 â€"APâ€" A 17- year-old former high school student was seized in surburban Berwyn today and confessed, Coroner A. L. Brodie announced, that he kissed pretty Dorothy Broz, his 16-year-old companion, and then shot her to death while they sat in the downtown Palace Theater.
The youth, Clarence McDonald, a railroad employee, was seized on information supplied by the victim’s friend, Miss Elaine Mastney, 17, a senior in the Morton High School.
She told authorities that Dorothy said Clarence was inordinately
jealous, and had said: “If I can’t have you, nobody else will.”

‘IT JUST HAPPENED’

Some 12 hours after the shooting late yesterday in the theater balcony where “Hellzapoppin” and “Sealed Lips” were being shown,
the youth made a statement to the attorney Leslie Curtis. “I don’t know — it just happened,“ he was quoted as saying. "Was there any conversation before you shot her?” the boy was asked. “No,” he replied, “I was kissing her.”

GOING TOGETHER

Young McDonald said he had been going with Dorothy for about two years, that they had talked of marriage, but later decided “to wait four years “until she was a little older.“ He admitted the officials said, that on a former occasion he had drawn a pistol on the girl while they were in an ice cream parlor, but that he was just "fooling."
Prior to making the statement, the youth told the coroner that he and his victim had quarreled about trivial things — baseball, football and school affairs.
The clue was obtained shortly after the identification of Dorothy's
body in the morgue where it had lain among the unknown dead for almost 11 hours after the shooting.
Identification was made by an uncle who said Dorothy, also of Berwyn,
was the daughter of a real estate man and that she had finished high school this month.
Police had obtained only a vague description of the youth who stepped across Dorothy’s bleeding body, sprinted up an aisle and escaped in the dark and confusion of the theater.
Noisy with pistol shots and girlish screams, “Hellzapoppin' had finished and a companion picture, "Sealed Lips.” had started building its mystery plot.
In the nearly empty balcony, Dorothy was sitting with a young man. Suddenly she cried “Help, oh help me! He’s got a gun!” Those nearby heard her but associated her cry with the antics in the picture just ended. A scene in the crime feature, a fight in a prison mess hall, had the sound of amplified roaring as a perfect cover for the shot that followed by a few seconds. “Oh, get that man! I’m shot, I’m shot!” Dorothy screamed, then collapsed in an aisle, a bullet beneath her heart.

DavidZornig
DavidZornig on September 28, 2010 at 6:40 pm

Just caught an old matchbook cover of the Bismarck on Craigslist. The Swiss Chalet was the restaurant just East & connected to the lobby of the the theater/building. It appeared their own sign was mounted on the East end of the Bismarck overhang.

Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois
Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois on September 19, 2010 at 11:16 pm

Michael Coate has done a lot of research on CINERAMA theaters and CINERAMA films. Here are his results on Eitel’s Palace. Thanks Michael.

PLEASE NOTICE HOW MANY WEEKS THESE CINERAMA FILMS PLAYED!

THIS IS CINERAMA, July 29, 1953, 98 Weeks, 3-Strip CINERAMA

CINERAMA HOLIDAY, June 15, 1955, 78 Weeks, 3-Strip CINERAMA

SEVEN WONDERS OF THE WORLD, December 12, 1956, 70 Weeks, 3-Strip CINERAMA

SEARCH FOR PARADISE, April 16, 1958, 22 Weeks, 3-Strip CINERAMA

SOUTH SEAS ADVENTURE, September 18, 1958, 59 Weeks, 3-Strip CINERAMA

THIS IS CINERAMA, (Return Engagement) June 28, 1961, 14 Weeks, 3-Strip CINERAMA

SEVEN WONDERS OF THE WORLD, (Return Engagement) October 4, 1961, 15 Weeks, 3-Strip CINERAMA

CINERAMA HOLIDAY, (Return Engagement) January 17, 1962, 11 Weeks, 3-Strip CINERAMA

Broan
Broan on September 19, 2010 at 9:55 pm

The McVickers was a different theatre that did show Cinerama, including How The West Was Won

nyindieguy
nyindieguy on September 19, 2010 at 8:58 pm

I recall seeing “How the West Was Won” in Cinerama at this theater,and I believe the name of the theater was McVicker’s Cinerama at the time. Am I imagining this?

DavidZornig
DavidZornig on December 8, 2009 at 7:21 pm

I’m looking at a June 3rd, 1965 Chicago Daily News that lists it’s name as only the “Palace Theatre, Randolph at LaSalle”. “My Fair Lady” is the film.So maybe “Palace” should be added as one of it’s former names.

JRS40
JRS40 on April 24, 2009 at 2:13 pm

Great photo BWChicago but I have to correct you on the date. Having looked up HOW TO STEAL A MILLION and DUEL AT DIABLO (both clearly playing on the right side of the picture) both were released in 1966. If you look at the United Artists across the street you can see Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton starring in a movie. In 1966 it would have to have been WHO’S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF? Having done much research in the past I know for sure WOOLF played the UA and was its all time highest grosser until 1975 when JAWS opened. So the picture has to be a 1966 night.

DavidZornig
DavidZornig on December 22, 2008 at 12:43 am

An honest mistake. I was just making light humor of the x3 in both.

Thanks for the additional link to the Cinerama page.

Hats off to your insightful contributions to CT.

Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois
Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois on December 21, 2008 at 9:32 pm

That was me not the computer with the TORO! instead of TORA!. I guess I didn’t spend enough time in Japan.

Let’s try http://cinematreasures.org/news/20357_0_1_20_C/ and see if that works any better.

Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois
Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois on December 21, 2008 at 8:41 pm

Well I know it’s a good list, but I sure didn’t think it was so great it needed to be repeated three times. I’ve got some real computer problems, I hope Santa reads this.

DavidZornig
DavidZornig on December 21, 2008 at 7:52 pm

Maybe the computer was trying to correct the typo of Cinerama film number eleven.
Which should read “Tora! Tora! Tora!”.

Otherwise CINERAMA would have had quite a task in 1970, showcasing lawnmowers or Oldsmobiles.

AryeDirect
AryeDirect on December 21, 2008 at 7:47 pm

Well, there’s something poetic about the list appearing three times. Something like the three strip process this thread is celebrating.

Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois
Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois on December 21, 2008 at 7:40 pm

Well I know it’s a good list, but I sure didn’t think it was so great it needed to be repeated three times. I’ve got some real computer problems, I hope Santa reads this.

Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois
Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois on December 21, 2008 at 7:34 pm

Here’s a list of SOME of the Roadshows “THAT PLAYED THE PALACE”. It includes all of the 3-strip CINERAMA films that showed at the Palace and some 70mm. The list IS NOT complete and MAY have errors, but it’s still a pretty good list that I’ve come up with (I had a lot of help from Michael Coate). Please feel free to add any flicks or make corrections. Reruns are not listed. An AFTER before a date means that this was the movies release date. Notice how many weeks some films played next to how long a film lasts in a theater now days! Hope it brings back some memories, let’s hear about them.

THIS IS CINERAMA, 7/29/53, 98 weeks, 3-strip CINERAMA

CINERAMA HOLIDAY, 6/15/55, 78 weeks, 3-strip CINERAMA

SEVEN WONDERS OF THE WORLD, 12/12/56, 70 weeks, 3-strip CINERAMA

SEARCH FOR PARADISE, 4/16/58, 22 weeks, 3 strip CINERAMA

SOUTH SEAS ADVENTURE, 9/18/58, 59 weeks, 3 strip CINERAMA

CAN-CAN, 4/19/60, Todd-AO

THE ALAMO, 10/26/60, Todd-AO

THE UNSINKABLE MOLLY BROWN, 6/24/64, Panavision 70mm Blow Up, NON Roadshow

MY FAIR LADY, 10/23/64, Super Panavision 70

CAMELOT, after 10/25/67, Panavision 70mm Blow Up

TORO! TORO! TORO!, after 9/24/70, Panavision 70mm Blow Up

NICHOLAS AND ALEXANDRA, 1973, Panavision 70mm Blow Up

For some extensive lists of possible movies that could have “PLAYED THE PALACE” that you might want to add to this list go to http://cinematreasures.org/news/20357-0-1-0-C/

“Ladies and Gentlemen, This is CINERAMA!” Lowell Thomas, September 30, 1952

Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois
Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois on December 21, 2008 at 7:29 pm

Here’s a list of SOME of the Roadshows “THAT PLAYED THE PALACE”. It includes all of the 3-strip CINERAMA films that showed at the Palace and some 70mm. The list IS NOT complete and MAY have errors, but it’s still a pretty good list that I’ve come up with (I had a lot of help from Michael Coate). Please feel free to add any flicks or make corrections. Reruns are not listed. An AFTER before a date means that this was the movies release date. Notice how many weeks some films played next to how long a film lasts in a theater now days! Hope it brings back some memories, let’s hear about them.

THIS IS CINERAMA, 7/29/53, 98 weeks, 3-strip CINERAMA

CINERAMA HOLIDAY, 6/15/55, 78 weeks, 3-strip CINERAMA

SEVEN WONDERS OF THE WORLD, 12/12/56, 70 weeks, 3-strip CINERAMA

SEARCH FOR PARADISE, 4/16/58, 22 weeks, 3 strip CINERAMA

SOUTH SEAS ADVENTURE, 9/18/58, 59 weeks, 3 strip CINERAMA

CAN-CAN, 4/19/60, Todd-AO

THE ALAMO, 10/26/60, Todd-AO

THE UNSINKABLE MOLLY BROWN, 6/24/64, Panavision 70mm Blow Up, NON Roadshow

MY FAIR LADY, 10/23/64, Super Panavision 70

CAMELOT, after 10/25/67, Panavision 70mm Blow Up

TORO! TORO! TORO!, after 9/24/70, Panavision 70mm Blow Up

NICHOLAS AND ALEXANDRA, 1973, Panavision 70mm Blow Up

For some extensive lists of possible movies that could have “PLAYED THE PALACE” that you might want to add to this list go to http://cinematreasures.org/news/20357-0-1-0-C/

“Ladies and Gentlemen, This is CINERAMA!” Lowell Thomas, September 30, 1952

Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois
Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois on December 21, 2008 at 7:28 pm

Here’s a list of SOME of the Roadshows “THAT PLAYED THE PALACE”. It includes all of the 3-strip CINERAMA films that showed at the Palace and some 70mm. The list IS NOT complete and MAY have errors, but it’s still a pretty good list that I’ve come up with (I had a lot of help from Michael Coate). Please feel free to add any flicks or make corrections. Reruns are not listed. An AFTER before a date means that this was the movies release date. Notice how many weeks some films played next to how long a film lasts in a theater now days! Hope it brings back some memories, let’s hear about them.

THIS IS CINERAMA, 7/29/53, 98 weeks, 3-strip CINERAMA

CINERAMA HOLIDAY, 6/15/55, 78 weeks, 3-strip CINERAMA

SEVEN WONDERS OF THE WORLD, 12/12/56, 70 weeks, 3-strip CINERAMA

SEARCH FOR PARADISE, 4/16/58, 22 weeks, 3 strip CINERAMA

SOUTH SEAS ADVENTURE, 9/18/58, 59 weeks, 3 strip CINERAMA

CAN-CAN, 4/19/60, Todd-AO

THE ALAMO, 10/26/60, Todd-AO

THE UNSINKABLE MOLLY BROWN, 6/24/64, Panavision 70mm Blow Up, NON Roadshow

MY FAIR LADY, 10/23/64, Super Panavision 70

CAMELOT, after 10/25/67, Panavision 70mm Blow Up

TORO! TORO! TORO!, after 9/24/70, Panavision 70mm Blow Up

NICHOLAS AND ALEXANDRA, 1973, Panavision 70mm Blow Up

For some extensive lists of possible movies that could have “PLAYED THE PALACE” that you might want to add to this list go to http://cinematreasures.org/news/20357-0-1-0-C/

“Ladies and Gentlemen, This is CINERAMA!” Lowell Thomas, September 30, 1952

MPol
MPol on December 21, 2008 at 3:46 pm

Thanks for the info, Leslie Michael Bender and CWalczak.

CSWalczak
CSWalczak on December 20, 2008 at 5:09 pm

It was called Eitel’s Palace when the first Cinerama film was shown there. Although Cinerama premiered in New York in 1952, Chicago’s first showing was in July of 1953.

AryeDirect
AryeDirect on December 20, 2008 at 4:47 pm

Also believe that the theater name was the RKO Palace when the first Cinerama production played in 1952. Think after Hughes sold RKO, it became Eitel’s Palace. This because I remember both names, being that there were few non Balaban & Katz venues in the fifties. Whatever the owner’s name, it was a magnificent ‘road show’ theater.

MPol
MPol on December 20, 2008 at 4:36 pm

This looks like a fabulous theatre! I love the photograph.