Republic Theater

3918 N. Lincoln Avenue,
Chicago, IL 60613

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Located in the North Center neighborhood, on N. Lincoln Avenue near W. Larchmont Avenue, the Republic Theater was opened in 1910 and operated through 1918. It was originally managed by Henry Vosberg. By 1920, the address is shown in an advertisement in the Chicago Tribune as the Royal Store. Today, along with a couple of adjacent buildings, the former Republic Theater houses a kitchen and bath showroom.

Contributed by Bryan Krefft

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on March 27, 2014 at 4:55 am

The December 20, 1919, issue of The Economist, Chicago’s weekly business and real estate journal, reported that Charles Bugg, operator of the Bugg Theatre, had bought the property containing the nearby Republican [sic] Theatre, an adjacent store and apartment building, and a garage fronting on Robey Street (Damon Avenue.) It looks as though Bugg bought the property in order to shut down the competition. The Bugg Theatre might have outlived the Republic, but the Republic’s building is still standing and the Bugg’s is long gone.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on June 15, 2018 at 8:56 am

The December 18, 1909 issue of The Economist said that architect A. E. Robinson had prepared plans for a two-story brick theater, 46x110, at 3916-3918 Lincoln Avenue for the Republic Theater Company.

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