Star and Garter Theatre

815 W. Madison Street,
Chicago, IL 60607

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Star and Garter

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This theater was located on Madison Street just west of Halsted. It was originally opened in 1908 as a burlesque theater, 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 theater.

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

Contributed by John P Keating Jr

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Marsh3617
Marsh3617 on January 5, 2005 at 11:13 pm

The theater appears in the 1971 film My Name Is Rocco Papaleo. Filmed in Chicago, there is a brief scene where Marcello Mastroianni walks in front of the theater. I passed the theater daily while commuting to the U of I and saw them filming the scene.

isadore
isadore on July 21, 2005 at 4:12 am

Can anybody confirm/or deny that the lovely Anna Held appeared
at this venue? Thanks Isadore

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on November 13, 2008 at 12:51 am

A synopsis in the Chicago Daily Tribune announced that the theater had been sold on May 26, 1946 for $110,000 cash. Unfortunately the synopsis did not provide the parties to the sale.

mikebaggi
mikebaggi on March 26, 2009 at 2:17 am

I grew up in the Taylor Street area of Chicago in the 1940s and 1950s. I can remember on Saturdays walking with a half dozen friends over to Madison and Halsted to attend the Star & Garter theater for its three (3) movies and 15 cartoons. It was an old, dirty theater but what the heck we were young and just as dirty so we went.

There was a fellow in the neighborhood we called “Loouie Shoes” and he would sometimes hand out passes to the Star and Garter so half the times that we went we had passes.

The bums used to come in from skid row and sleep off a drunk. And I remember one Mexican kid who yelled out during a movie, “Hell, I saw this movie last week on television”. And he was right, it had been on TV.

Mike

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on January 25, 2010 at 11:57 am

Here is a detailed history of the Star and Garter at the Jazz Age Chicago web site. The theater was designed by the New York architectural firm Dodge & Morrison.

TLSLOEWS
TLSLOEWS on May 9, 2011 at 11:52 pm

Nice vintatge photo Bryan.

PaulSr
PaulSr on August 23, 2011 at 5:57 am

I remember going to the Star & Garter on Sundays for the Cartoons Serials of Superman,Batman,Shadow,Rocket man,and lets not forget the News Reels in the Late Fifties and Early Sixties.I remember the Wine Bottles hitting the floor and guys Snoring,But all the Young kids sat towards the front and Left side of the show and Protected our selfs because of our Numbers .Its all in the past Just old Memories

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on November 1, 2013 at 8:18 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
juanabet on March 16, 2014 at 5:33 pm

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.

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