8 N. Ashland Avenue,
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Architects: Harry H. Mahler
Firms: Mahler & Cordell
Previous Names: Teatro las Americas
The American Theatre opened August 23, 1915 in the Union Park neighborhood on N. Ashland Avenue at W. Madison Street, just a few blocks east of the present-day location of the United Center. It was operated by Jones, Linick & Schaefer as a vaudeville theatre. By 1926 it was operated by the Orpheum Circuit.
In the 1950’s, the American Theatre was part of the Essaness chain. By the mid-1960’s, it was showing Spanish-language films as the Teatro las Americas. It closed in 1971 and has since been demolished.
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