Park Theatre

3955 S. Martin Luther King Jr. Drive,
Chicago, IL 60653

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Broan
Broan on May 24, 2012 at 8:30 am

Here is the new Boxoffice link

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on December 29, 2009 at 4:39 am

The dance palace that replaced the Peerless Theatre was called the Grand Terrace Ballroom. When Max Slott reconverted the building to theatrical use in 1937, the project was designed by Mark D. Kalischer. Boxoffice ran this article with photos of the reborn Park Theatre.

Life's Too Short
Life's Too Short on December 1, 2009 at 10:29 am

Holy Michigan Theatre.

I wouldn’t buy a condo with a parking garage like that. It looks like there is still pitch in the floor.

Yves Marchand
Yves Marchand on July 7, 2009 at 6:27 am

The auditorium is still used as a parking space for the condos.
Here are two recent pictures :
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kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on November 29, 2008 at 3:00 pm

OK, thanks. It looks like South Park, but I guess that was an abbreviation. No longer listed in the 1960 directory.

Broan
Broan on November 29, 2008 at 2:58 pm

MLK Jr Drive was previously known as South Parkway and before that Grand Boulevard.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on November 29, 2008 at 2:54 pm

There was a Park Theater listed at 3955 S. South Park Avenue in the 1953 Chicago yellow pages. Was Grand Avenue called South Park at one time?

Broan
Broan on March 13, 2007 at 2:40 pm

Here are photos of this theatre.

GrandMogul
GrandMogul on February 1, 2007 at 8:28 am

News Item:

Chicago Evening Post, Saturday, October 27, 1917:

ASCHER’S NEW PEERLESS THEATER OPENS TODAY

Ascher Brothers will add to their string of theaters the Peerless, on Grand boulevard near Fortieth street.

Broan
Broan on July 1, 2006 at 5:47 am

View link Here is the page on the condo development. One of the new businesses set to move in is a Roscoe’s Chicken & Waffles, which I think is the first in Chicagoland. I think the theater will be destroyed (If nature hasn’t already) but it looks like the lobby will be restored.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on May 24, 2006 at 2:05 pm

Friendly people plus ventilation. You can’t beat that combination.

Broan
Broan on May 24, 2006 at 12:30 pm

It was built in 1915 as the Grand Oak for the Alfred Hamburger chain and became the Peerless in 1917 for Ascher Brothers. It was noted as having “A very special ventilating system that actually ventilates!”

Broan
Broan on May 23, 2006 at 8:16 am

It is still standing, although the auditorium is kind of…. lacking a roof.

Broan
Broan on October 7, 2004 at 11:20 pm

View link Here is a picture with a portion of the Peerless from December, 2002. I would take this to indicate that it does in fact still exist, although I cannot personally attest to it.