Hamilton Theatre

2150 E. 71st Street,
Chicago, IL 60649

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brianlewis on September 30, 2013 at 1:07 pm

no park across from either theater. you may be thinking of a theater on Stony Island, which is across from Jackson Park.

Songb33 on September 27, 2013 at 10:52 am

Does anyone remember a theater that was across from a park in the mid-60’s; south side somewhere, could have been the Hamilton or the Jeffrey. Remember seeing Sound of Music there several times.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on March 16, 2012 at 5:40 am

The principals of Pereira & Pereira, the firm that did the 1936 remodeling of the Hamilton Theatre, were William Pereira and Hal Pereira. Percival Pereira was an older architect who was never a member of this firm.

rjacobsonmd on July 3, 2009 at 12:49 pm

Thanks for those pics Ken

They should be sent to the site manager to be posted at the top.

I lived a few blocks from the Hamilton. Saw Disney’s “Song of the South” there twice, 1948, and 1956. admission was 5 cents m-f, 10 cents on weekends.
went to O'Keeffe School, grad 1955.


richard jacobson
granada hills, ca

Englewood on November 4, 2008 at 8:27 am

Need help here. I have an advertisement from the Englewood Economist, dated Tues., October 19, 1909 which reads:

Hamilton Theatre
High-Class Vaudeville
6811-13 South Halsted Street
Monday & Thursday
Admission 10 Cents
Sunday Evenings: Reserved Seats
20c Sunday Mat. Children 5c
2 Shows a Night – Sunday Matinee

Another Hamilton theater – in Englewood? I found a 1910 ad for the Blue Mouse Theatre (also a vaudeville house) listed as 69th and Halsted. Did the Hamilton later become the Blue Mouse?

Broan on June 7, 2008 at 12:37 pm

1936 modernization by Pereira & Pereira. Marquee, Box Office, Lighting, Lounges.

Life's Too Short
Life's Too Short on June 5, 2007 at 7:13 pm

No problem. FYI: the Hamilton and Jeffrey are probably too obscure to be featured on the THS web site. But if you call the archive, using contact info on their web site, I am sure they can arrange for you to get your hands on some nice material.

brianlewis on March 14, 2007 at 6:11 am

Thanks ! LTS for the info. I was unable to locate any pix on the
link of the Hamilton or Jeffrey….probably my lack lack of search savvy :)
thanks again !

Life's Too Short
Life's Too Short on March 13, 2007 at 4:55 pm

In the meantime check out set 12 at this web address:


Life's Too Short
Life's Too Short on March 13, 2007 at 4:50 pm

Took pictures of all three in the 90’s. You can find the photos I took now in the THSA archives, located in Elmhurst, IL. My guess is that they also have many other photos of these properties.


brianlewis on March 13, 2007 at 4:29 pm

does anyone have any pix of the Hamilton, Jeffrey, or Maryland ??

please :)

Life's Too Short
Life's Too Short on September 20, 2006 at 3:11 pm

It had an attractive marquee and facade. Well-proportioned with the surrounding buildings. Even by the time I saw it, when it had been closed many years, it still added something to the commercial strip along 71st. I am sorry they did not elect to at least save the facade.

NickCoston on June 6, 2005 at 2:11 pm

I have some old pictures, will scan and post them on there.
Used to see horror movies there when Dick Galvin was manager.
What a cool old, spooky place. Was a rough place in the 70’s when it was a dollar house.

Nick Coston

dvdmike on March 17, 2004 at 4:15 pm

My dad reupholstered the Hamilton in the late ‘70s, but the theatre closed a few years later anyway.

wurlitzer7 on December 8, 2003 at 5:06 pm

The Hamilton was FOR SALE for about 3 years and torn down in 2002