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

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DavidZornig
DavidZornig on February 3, 2010 at 11:38 pm

Thanks for posting that RickB.
It’s a shame that it’s the first and only time that Mr. Klein’s name or his ownership of the Vic has been mentioned so far.
When certainly it was his purchase of it in `83 according to the obit, that in hindsight likely saved the theater forever.
If only that same vision had been applied to the Uptown at the same time.

Paul Fortini
Paul Fortini on November 22, 2010 at 2:50 pm

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
DavidZornig on May 6, 2011 at 3:30 am

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
Broan on August 4, 2011 at 5:20 pm

Here’s a photo showing the old L-side marquee: http://schenectadystore.frontex.com/city_scenes_g25-belmont_station_of_chicago_transit_authority.people_leave_and_board_a_subway_car.a_sign_on_the_building_in_the_background_promted_the_vic_theatre_and_nelson_chevrolet._p6148.html

Ramova7719
Ramova7719 on August 13, 2011 at 1:52 am

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Broan
Broan on October 17, 2011 at 6:33 pm

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

CSWalczak
CSWalczak on December 8, 2012 at 5:25 am

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
LouRugani on January 17, 2013 at 3:55 am

I put together an online memorial to Walter Klein, Jr. Comments and remembrances are welcome. http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=103679729

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