Shakespeare Theatre

942 E. 43rd Street,
Chicago, IL 60653

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Broan on July 6, 2016 at 4:33 pm

This entry appears to refer to two separate theaters.

The Shakespeare was built as the Shakespeare for the Alfred Hamburger circuit in 1914 and stood at 940 E 43rd. It was never named the Ellis and is demolished.

The pictured building at 932-934 E 43rd is probably the Ellis. I wasn’t able to find much on the Ellis; it was a vaudeville theater in the area but no listed address I could find. It seems to have operated 1910-1915. It was definitely closed by 1925, used by then as a laundry. The architecture is typical of a 1910 theater and it had a small balcony. Probably they closed the Ellis and opened the Shakespeare across the alley.

CharlesR on June 27, 2010 at 4:13 pm

Is it certain that this theatre was torn down? Looking at Google maps, there is a building at pretty much this address that looks suspiciously like a theatre.