Vic Theatre

3145 N. Sheffield Avenue,
Chicago, IL 60657

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Vic Theatre, Chicago, IL

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Opened in 1912 as the New Victoria Theatre, the venue was a vaudeville showcase for several years until it became a movie house. Later, the theater’s name was shortened to the more familiar Vic and it began to host concerts and live shows.

The Vic is home of the Brew & View which has three different bars that stay open during second- and third-run, cult, and revival film screenings.

Contributed by Bryan Krefft

Recent comments (view all 38 comments)

Paul Fortini
Paul Fortini on November 22, 2010 at 6:50 am

I saw Richard Thompson here in concert recently. The facility was okay, but the acoustics were terrible. Previously I’d only been here for Brew-n-View.

DavidZornig on May 5, 2011 at 7:30 pm

There is currently some roof top mounted scaffolding above The Vic’s East elevation. Visible from the “L” tracks, it might be for restoration work to the coping stones around the roof’s perimeter. Or possibly to haul up materials for the roof itself. Either way, great to see maintenance is ongoing.

Broan on August 4, 2011 at 9:20 am

Here’s a photo showing the old L-side marquee:

Ramova7719 on August 12, 2011 at 5:52 pm

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Broan on October 17, 2011 at 10:33 am

I added a photo of the old marquee before it was ruined.

CSWalczak on December 7, 2012 at 9:25 pm

The Vic is celebrating its 100th birthday this year. This article points out the bits and pieces of some lost Chicago theaters have been incorporated in the Vic. A recent interior picture can be seen here.

LouRugani on January 16, 2013 at 7:55 pm

I put together an online memorial to Walter Klein, Jr. Comments and remembrances are welcome.

Broan on August 30, 2015 at 9:41 am

Added a Chicago Tribune announcement which credited John Eberson as architect.

Broan on January 17, 2016 at 1:27 pm

The American on Ashland bore a strong resemblance to the Vic in form

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