3451 S. State Street,
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The South Side Merit Theatre, one of several theatres and ballrooms on the old S. State Street entertainment district, opened in 1908, and sat 300. Like many of its neighbors, it presented both live stage acts, as well as motion pictures. It was enlarged in 1911 to seat almost 500.
Around 1915 it was renamed New Monogram Theatre. In the 1920’s and 1930’s, the Monogram Theatre hosted many of Jazz’s early greats, like "Ma" Rainey, Erskine Tate and Ethel Waters.
The theatre has since been razed and the site is today a parking lot across the street from the campus of the Illinois Institute of Technology.
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