Rush Theatre

874 N. Wabash Street,
Chicago, IL 60611

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Circa 1975 as The Candy Store, photo courtesy of Eric Kromelow.

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Located in the Near North neighborhood at North Wabash Street and East Delaware Place, where Connors Park is located today, this small adult cinema opened in October 1972 and lasted until 1975.

Previously the building housed a series of nightclubs, including the Rat Fink, the Alley, and the Scotch Mist before being converted into a pornographic movie house. After closing as the Rush Theatre, the space became the notorious Candy Store, a frequently raided (for prostitution) strip club which lasted into the early-1980s before it was shut down.

The Rush Theatre was advertised in the Chicago Tribune as "Recommended for Couples" and each advertisement always listed a triple feature "3 Explosive Titles" and "16mm – In Color – West Coast Adult Films".

Contributed by Bryan Krefft

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DavidZornig on November 30, 2013 at 9:27 pm

The above address is incorrect. The Rush Theatre was located at 874 N. Wabash, not Rush. Conners Park has been a park since 1848. Google Conners Park on the website for it’s history. The Alley, Rat Fink, Scotch Mist & Candy Store listed above were also all at the Wabash address. A photo of the Candy Store in 1976 can be found on a search of the Candy Store name, Chicago and the year on a website called Gapers Block.

DavidZornig on April 22, 2014 at 10:06 am

Here is the 1976 photo as The Candy Store.

DavidZornig on April 22, 2014 at 10:19 am

The Overview needs to be corrected to the Rush Theatre as being “across from where Conners Park is located”. It was not where Conners Park is, which is still there. The back half of the Sofitel Hotel, is now where the Rush Theatre stood.

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