State-Lake Theater

190 N. State Street,
Chicago, IL 60601

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bbollinger on September 17, 2015 at 2:00 am

Saw the bubble 3d in late 60s

DavidZornig on August 4, 2015 at 4:19 pm

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

DavidZornig on March 23, 2015 at 10:40 am

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 1:15 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 11:19 am

Thank you Broan, much appreciated.

Broan on April 23, 2013 at 10:37 am

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

TechnicolourYawn on April 23, 2013 at 4:34 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 8:57 am

Here is a 1982 photo.

chicagomike47 on September 10, 2012 at 2:11 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 3:26 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 2:52 pm

Theatre Historical Society in Elmhurst.

figaro14 on October 11, 2011 at 2:27 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 6, 2011 at 10:50 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 on August 6, 2011 at 5:34 pm

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

Broan on July 27, 2011 at 8:47 pm

Here is a 1952 view

Broan on July 27, 2011 at 8:41 pm

Here is a 1949 view

Broan on July 27, 2011 at 8:29 pm

Here is a 1964 view

DavidZornig on May 31, 2011 at 10:12 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 on April 10, 2011 at 8:55 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 8:23 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 on April 10, 2011 at 7:39 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 on March 13, 2011 at 1:33 pm

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 4:46 pm

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 4:56 pm

Here’s another great one from Flickr:

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