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 26, 2014 at 4:25 pm

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.

Khnemu on November 14, 2016 at 4:49 am

This theater must have been open from at least from 1910 per the article below from the February 1911 Moving Picture News:

The Republic Theatre, a large vaudeville house on Lincoln avenue, near Irving Park boulevard, has been leased by Mr. Swartz, who successfully operates two other theaters on N. Clark street. Five acts of vaudeville and independent moving pictures will constitute the program. Mr. Swartz will manage the theater himself. Ira Jackson will be the operator in charge of the power outfit. The opening under the new management takes place February 26th.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on June 14, 2018 at 8:26 pm

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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