5404 N. Clark Street,
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Opened in 1915 for the Ascher Brothers circuit, the Calo, which originally sat 880, is located in Chicago’s Andersonville neighborhood on Clark Street near Balmoral Avenue.
In the early 90s, the historic Calo, with its elaborate white terra-cotta facade, became the home of the Griffin Theatre Company, which put almost $100,000 into renovating and restoring the former movie house into a legitimate theater, the seating decreased to just 135 in its main auditorium.
In the summer of 2004, the Griffin left the Calo Theatre due to rising upkeep and renovation costs, in search of a new home elsewhere in the city.
The Calo was acquired by Brian Posen in 2005, with the intention of converting the theater into a three-auditorium venue for local theatre groups to rent, much like Lakeview’s Theatre Building, however, those plans never came to fruition. Instead, the Calo has was reopened as a resale shop.
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