3955 S. Martin Luther King Jr. Drive,
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This South Side theater was opened for the Ascher Brothers circuit in 1917 as the Grand Oak Theatre, and sat just over 900. Later that year it was re-named Peerless Theatre. It was located on Grand Boulevard (today’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive) in the community of Kenwood.
It originally presented both vaudeville as well as motion pictures. In 1924, a Kimball organ was installed at a cost of $10,000. Also, in its early years, the Peerless had its own house orchestra.
During the 20s and 30s, it occassionally played host to big-name jazz peformers on its stage. The Grand Terrace Cafe, a jazz venue which also hosted some of the biggest names in jazz of the day, was in the same building as the Peerless.
Closed in 1928, it re-opened in 1937 as the Park Theatre which closed in 1958. It re-opened in 1964 as the Ritz Theatre but closed the following year. Later used as a church, the auditorium then stood unused. In recent years it has been used as a parking space for condeminiums. In 2007, the front of the building is being converted into offices and the facade will be restored.
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