Star and Garter Theatre

815 W. Madison Street,
Chicago, IL 60607

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Star and Garter

This theatre was located on W. Madison Street just west of N. Halsted Street. It was originally opened in 1908 as a 1,955-seat burlesque theatre, not the burlesque of the 1940’s and 1950’s, but closer to vaudeville at this time. Later, the Star & Garter became a vaudeville house, and later still, a movie theatre. It was closed in September 1971.

Demolished, in 1973, the site of the Star & Garter Theatre is now a parking lot for Mid City National Bank in an upscale area.

Contributed by John P Keating Jr

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on November 1, 2013 at 1:18 pm

The web site Jazz Age Chicago, to which I linked in a comment on January 25, 2010, has vanished from the Internet. Fortunately, the site’s article on the Star and Garter Theatre has been preserved by the Internet Archive’s Wayback Machine. It can be read at this link.

juanabet on March 16, 2014 at 10:33 am

We lived on Halsted and Harrison. Just a stones throw from this theater. My dad used to take me there. My mom and sisters didn`t go because it was skid row. Right across the street there was this burger joint that made the best cheeseburgers and chocalate malts. I went to grade school at old st. Pats, which was in the neighborhood. The good old days.

mpollack2 on August 31, 2014 at 8:31 pm

The sale in 1946 was to my grandfather, Harold Huchberger and his partners. They operated it until the early 1970’s.

mikebaggi on October 20, 2014 at 8:00 pm

I too went to St. Patrick’s grade school during World War Two just like juanabet above. After school I attended Marillac House until my mother could pick me up after work. I lived at Morgan and Polk streets in the Italian neighborhood. My name wasn’t Baggi, it was Campo and I frequently went to the Star and Garter movie theater on Saturdays for 15 cartoons and a couple of movies. In later years my friends and I attended the ROLLER BOWL on Saturdays for roller skating. I use MIKE BAGGI for this website.

RickB on December 6, 2014 at 6:30 pm

From February 24, 1972, a short Tribune story on the Star & Garter’s demolition, with a murky interior picture. The story says that a calendar in the box office was turned to September 1971, an indication of a probable closing date.

davidplomin on March 4, 2015 at 7:51 pm

According to JAZZ AGE CHICAGO, the theater was closed from 1935-1946. You would think this theater would have been in demand during the war years, being that size, but I guess there were so many theaters during that time it didn’t matter. Still, I hope they salvaged the ornamentation for collectors during demolition.

Hugh on December 30, 2015 at 9:01 pm

When the final days came for the Star and Garter, the marquee read CLEVELAND WRECKING COMPANY

DavidZornig on September 5, 2017 at 7:53 am

Marquee detail photo added courtesy of Janeen Rosenberg‎.

DavidZornig on August 24, 2020 at 7:40 pm

Chicago History Museum album of Star & Garter demolition photos.

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