1635 W. Belmont Avenue,
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The Belmont was one of the more popular North Side Chicago movie houses, as it was surrounded by a bustling retail hub and located close to public transportation near the intersection of Belmont, Ashland, and Lincoln Avenues in the Lakeview neighborhood.
The theater opened in 1925 for the Lubliner & Trinz circuit and was taken over by the Balaban & Katz chain in May of 1930. The Belmont was designed by W.W. Ahlschlager, who was also the architect of the Roxy and Beacon Theatres in New York City. This 3200-plus seat palace was originally a venue for both live entertainment and movies, but later turned to movies only.
In the mid 1960s, the movie house was converted into a bowling alley, which it remained until closing in the mid 80s.
In 1996, with the revival of the Lakeview neighborhood in full swing, a mixed condominium and retail complex was built on the site of the Belmont, which was demolished except for its Spanish Baroque style terra-cotta facade.
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