Broadway Theatre

117 N. 19th Avenue,
Melrose Park, IL 60160

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The Broadway Theatre was the first movie theatre to operate in Melrose Park, possibly opening around 1908 give or take a year or two. Named after the street it was located on (formerly N. 19th Avenue), it was when Russell R. Essery opened the National Department Store on the west side of N. 19th Avenue, he gave ‘Broadway’ its name.

The Broadway Theatre was a tall brick building on the east side of the street in the middle of the block (at around 117 N. 19th Avenue), between West Lake Street & Main Street. The trademark of the theatre was its large curtain, drawn upward at showtime, upon which was sewn a huge red rose for Mel-rose.

The Broadway Theatre was managed by Rudolf ‘Charles Rudolof’ Sallaz for many years, and operated until at least 1920. The new Melrose Park Theatre opened close by in 1917.

The above information is sourced from information researched by Albert Howard Elftmann, grandson of Rudolf ‘Charles Rudolf’ Sallaz.

Contributed by Ken Roe, Marta Vaillancourt

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Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois
Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois on February 7, 2011 at 5:48 pm

Why not use 117 North Broadway Avenue as the address? That’s pretty close and gets it to the block rather than the entire street in Melrose Park. If anyone ever comes up with a closer address it can always be changed.

A better address, more info and photos are always welcome.

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