State-Lake Theatre

190 N. State Street,
Chicago, IL 60601

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Tim O'Neill
Tim O'Neill on August 21, 2018 at 2:08 am

The State Lake Theatre showed its last movie on Thursday, June 28, 1984.

DavidZornig on March 1, 2018 at 4:36 am

9/12/51 photo added credit Larry Nocerino (Vintage Tribune).

DavidZornig on February 26, 2018 at 10:25 pm

1953 photo added credit Bettmann/Getty.

alansafe on December 10, 2017 at 9:21 pm

Its not it’s

“The Rapp & Rapp designed exterior was restored to it’s 1920s appearance…”

JAlex on September 5, 2017 at 5:00 pm

The architect of the theatre was G. Albert Lansburgh.

Rapp & Rapp designed the office building which housed the theatre.

Tim O'Neill
Tim O'Neill on April 8, 2017 at 4:24 am

THE EXORCIST didn’t open at the State-Lake on December 26, 1973. It started showing at the State-Lake in February, 1974. The big 1973 Christmas attraction at the State-Lake was PAPILLON.

Hachidan8 on April 8, 2017 at 4:12 am

Dec.26th 1973. A friday. Blowing snow. Cold. I stood with my Mom in a long long line stretched around Lake st. The line inched. I could see the movie title, “The Exorcist”. Inched again. Twirling red lights.Christmas lights? No. Ambulance. Then another one. Fire? No. Sick people coming out crying and throwing up. People were cheering. Some kissing crosses on a necklace. I looked at my mom. I was not ready to see this film. All happened here from 73 to late 75…The Exorcist.

DavidZornig on November 11, 2015 at 12:52 am

December 1954 photo added, photo and caption credit Chicago Transit Authority Historical Collection.

DavidZornig on October 7, 2015 at 7:57 pm

06/12/64-07/02/64 photo added courtesy of the AmeriCar The Beautiful Facebook page.

bbollinger on September 17, 2015 at 7:00 am

Saw the bubble 3d in late 60s

DavidZornig on August 4, 2015 at 9:19 pm

February 11th-15th, 1982 photo added, courtesy of the John Chuckman Collection. Mayor Byrne’s “Loop Alive”.

DavidZornig on March 23, 2015 at 2:40 pm

This link has photos of a dual premiere at both the Chicago and State-Lake Theatres in 1940. Copy & paste to view.

gordonio on August 26, 2013 at 6:15 pm

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

TechnicolourYawn on April 23, 2013 at 4:19 pm

Thank you Broan, much appreciated.

Broan on April 23, 2013 at 3:37 pm

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

TechnicolourYawn on April 23, 2013 at 9:34 am

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?


Paul Fortini
Paul Fortini on September 17, 2012 at 1:57 pm

Here is a 1982 photo.

chicagomike47 on September 10, 2012 at 7:11 am

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,

robertdickson on February 1, 2012 at 8:26 pm

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

Broan on October 11, 2011 at 7:52 pm

Theatre Historical Society in Elmhurst.

figaro14 on October 11, 2011 at 7:27 pm

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 on August 7, 2011 at 3:50 am

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 on August 6, 2011 at 10:34 pm

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

Broan on July 28, 2011 at 1:47 am

Here is a 1952 view

Broan on July 28, 2011 at 1:41 am

Here is a 1949 view