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Jam Productions -- The Vic (Official)
Previously operated by: Essaness Theaters Corp.
Architects: John Adolph Emil Eberson
Functions: Concerts, Movies (Revival)
Styles: Art Nouveau, French Renaissance
Previous Names: New Victoria Theatre, Victoria Theatre, German Theatre, Teatro Roberto Clemente, Bharat Cinema
News About This Theater
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.
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I added a photo of the old marquee before it was ruined.
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.
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
Added a Chicago Tribune announcement which credited John Eberson as architect.
The American on Ashland bore a strong resemblance to the Vic in form
the balcony is open. I saw a movie at the Vic a month or two ago and the main floor area was closed-off and seating was now only in balcony (not sure why all this was but really doesn’t matter). Really neat IMO though, because the railings, staggered seats, lighted steps were still in their original style. At the low admission price the film was a terrific deal
Just found out that Clubland was a concept in Detroit as well. It was “Clubland at the State Theatre”, 2115 Woodward Avenue. The image used the exact same candy cane font as Clubland at the Vic
Jam Productions downloadable coloring book of the Vic and other theatres.
I have yet to see any original sources that list J.E.O. Pridmore as the architect for the Vic, but several list John Eberson. The design is similar to other early Eberson designs like the Crown in Chicago which was also built by one of the Victoria backers, Robert Rickson. Also visibly similar to the Austin Paramount. I think it’s evident that someone wrote E.O. Pridmore at some point instead of Eberson and it’s been repeated ever since.
Currently closed due to the pandemic. Updated website link: https://www.jamusa.com/venues/the-vic