Michigan Theatre

110 E. Garfield Boulevard,
Chicago, IL 60615

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Michigan Theatre

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The Michigan was opened in 1916, for the Lubliner & Trinz circuit, on the South Side of Chicago. It could seat nearly 1400 and presented both vaudeville and motion pictures.

During the 20s and 30s, it was also a popular venue for jazz performances.

The Michigan closed in the late 60s and was razed in 1994.

Contributed by Bryan Krefft

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Life's Too Short
Life's Too Short on August 27, 2005 at 1:10 pm

By the time it was demolished this building was a hulk. I photographed it in the late 80’s. You could climb through the boards on the front entrance into lobby. There was concession equipment (and other objects) scattered all over the tile floor of the lobby, which still had “Michigan” inscribed below the entrance. The fire doors had been bricked up, I guess to prevent gangs from entering. The theatre had an interesting attraction sign. Like the Loews Paradise in the Bronx, it did not extend out over the sidewalk. There was not a stage house. So, if the theatre did have live attractions, they were carried out on one of those small (non-working) stages. Strangely enough, there was one retail tenant left in the building: a beauty shop. The rest of the store fronts were abandoned. The offices above also seemed to be. I was once told that the Michigan closed in ‘69, which would mean that the theatre went unused for twenty-five years before it came down.

KenC
KenC on March 9, 2009 at 11:21 pm

The Michigan was open at least through early Oct. of 1967. However, it must have been struggling to get more people inside. From the Chicago Sun Times movie listings on Sunday, Oct. 1, 1967: MICHIGAN THEATRE 110 E. Garfield Ave. Tele. 546-9607. FREE POPCORN TO 1st 50 CHILDREN James Coburn in “IN LIKE FLINT” “RETURN OF THE SEVEN” “PREHISTORIC WOMEN”.

Jerrieee
Jerrieee on July 14, 2012 at 6:17 pm

Great photo here: http://www.thebestmusicofyourlife.com/Remember-TheMichigan.jpg

RiisPark
RiisPark on March 12, 2013 at 9:10 pm

I just added the above photo of the Michigan that I took sometime in the mid 1970’s.

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