State-Lake Theater

190 N. State Street,
Chicago, IL 60601

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gordonio
gordonio on August 26, 2013 at 7:15 am

Jeez, Louise! I SAW Cleopatra at the State-Late Theater! (We teenagers called it the “State and Lake”)

TechnicolourYawn
TechnicolourYawn on April 23, 2013 at 5:19 am

Thank you Broan, much appreciated.

Broan
Broan on April 23, 2013 at 4:37 am

It opened exclusively at the State-Lake through June 26, then went wide the next week.

TechnicolourYawn
TechnicolourYawn on April 22, 2013 at 10:34 pm

Hi all, I hope you can help out here.

When “DR. NO” opened at the State Lake in 1963, was it a first run exclusive at the theater? Or was it released in a showcase / saturation style across Chicago?

Thanks!

Paul Fortini
Paul Fortini on September 17, 2012 at 2:57 am

Here http://gallery.bustalk.info/displayimage.php?album=83&pos=66 is a 1982 photo.

chicagomike47
chicagomike47 on September 9, 2012 at 8:11 pm

i saw the world premeire of ‘I WANT TO LIVE’ there nov 11th 1958. it starred SUSAN HAYWARD, and she won an oscar for her role! in the true story of barbara graham,

Tinseltoes
Tinseltoes on July 9, 2012 at 10:34 am

CinemaScope screen pictured in this 1954 trade report: boxoffice

robertdickson
robertdickson on February 1, 2012 at 10:26 am

for btkrefft: Confirming photograph is interior of State-Lake. Verified from B'hend and Kaufmann Collection at AMPAS Margaret Herrick Library

Broan
Broan on October 11, 2011 at 8:52 am

Theatre Historical Society in Elmhurst.

figaro14
figaro14 on October 11, 2011 at 8:27 am

I can’t believe there are no interior photos of the State-Lake? I’ve looked everywhere for them. Anyone have access to any?

JudithK
JudithK on August 6, 2011 at 4:50 pm

Thanks for the posted photographs of the State-Lake Theater in Chicago, IL. The one and only time I was in the State-Lake Theater was when a friend and I decided to see “Saturday Night Fever” on a cold winter’s day. That was quite a visit. The theater was in sad shape by the late 1970’s (I seem to remember a rip in the screen; I also remember never seeing the place with the lights full up) and I think served that day as shelter for street and other vulnerable people, not a bad idea, just kind of unsettling. The usual stinky popcorn machine was in the lobby. I wish we had seen it in its prime.

Broan
Broan on August 6, 2011 at 11:34 am

Here is an unusual wide view of the State-Lake building.

Broan
Broan on July 27, 2011 at 2:47 pm

Here is a 1952 view

Broan
Broan on July 27, 2011 at 2:41 pm

Here is a 1949 view

Broan
Broan on July 27, 2011 at 2:29 pm

Here is a 1964 view

DavidZornig
DavidZornig on May 31, 2011 at 4:12 am

What theatre was a block South on State St., on the same side of the street at the State Lake. Presumably directly across from Marshall Fields, or just a little South. I have a 1966 picture of the underside of the marquee.

DavidZornig
DavidZornig on April 10, 2011 at 2:55 pm

Ah, I stand corrected. I actually did some work for Mayor Byrne. You’d think I’d remember that. Thanks.

Tim O'Neill
Tim O'Neill on April 10, 2011 at 2:23 pm

Hey David. The State Street Gall, er, um, I mean Mall was planned while Mayor Richard J. Daley was in office. They closed State Street in June, 1978 to begin destruction, er, um, I mean construction on State Street. Mayor Michael Bilandic was in office at that time. So it wasn’t really Mayor Jane Byrne’s fault of the Mistake by the Lake. Thank God Mayor Richard M. Daley put an end to this debacle.

DavidZornig
DavidZornig on April 10, 2011 at 1:39 pm

Note the absence of cars. Mayor Byrne’s only mistake while in office, the State Street Mall. Looks like some of the old six sided paving blocks laying on the right.

Richard3150
Richard3150 on March 13, 2011 at 7:33 am

THE SHINING was first film I saw at the S-L since I was a kid, and the last.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on March 7, 2011 at 11:46 am

We never had any problems with “THE WARRIORS”.Must have been a BIG city thing.Good Story Nick.

Life's Too Short
Life's Too Short on February 4, 2011 at 11:56 am

Here’s another great one from Flickr:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/jarchie/3552996352/

Those signs were some sight when they maintained all the bulbs & neon.

Life's Too Short
Life's Too Short on January 18, 2011 at 9:50 am

This blog:

http://chuckmancollectionvolume7blog.blogspot.com/

contains this epic photo of the State-Lake:

View link

It also has many other fantastic photos of cinema properties.

Wurlitzer1773
Wurlitzer1773 on January 18, 2011 at 8:15 am

Here are two videos of the State-Lake Wurlitzer Opus 1773 in its new home in SW Florida. These were recorded in January 2011. The first link is a recording of “Matchmaker, Matchmaker” and the second video is a quick informal chamber tour for those people that care what’s behind the organ grille. Enjoy!

Matchmaker, Matchmaker http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=necErx3vcn0

Chamber Tour http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ie6rdJeV-9U