Milford Theatre

3311 N. Pulaski Road,
Chicago, IL 60641

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Milford Theater in 1983

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The Milford was opened in 1917 for the Ascher Brothers circuit, located on Crawford Street (now Pulaski Road) at Milwaukee Avenue in the Irving Park neighborhood.

The Milford remained in operation longer than most of its contemporaries in the neighborhood, remaining open until 1990. The theater was demolished four years later. A CVS Pharmacy stands on the site today.

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rso1000 on April 27, 2011 at 4:14 pm

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Postcard view of the inside of the Milford Ballroom

rso1000 on April 27, 2011 at 4:28 pm

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Another view of the Milford Theatre and Ballroom

Joanm65 on June 2, 2011 at 11:32 pm

Wonderful to see pictures of that fine old theater that no longer exists, except in my memory. Spent loads of my childhood there in the 1950’s. I sure miss it. Joanm65

Broan on October 26, 2011 at 10:19 am

rivest266 on June 25, 2012 at 5:59 pm

This opened on February 24th, 1917. Grand opening ad posted here.

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Life's Too Short on December 29, 2012 at 5:26 pm

Link to a photo of the Milford Ballroom when it “had seen better days”:

Markendall on April 9, 2013 at 11:46 am

Gosh, it is sure nice to see that the Milford Theatre still lives on in other people’s memories. I grew up on Eddy street right by Addison and Pulaski. I can not tell you how many memories this topic, and location hold for me. I remember my Dad taking us there to see Towering Inferno, the line went all the way around the block. I remember the Jack in the Box across the street, Keystone drugstore, the whole area is some how ingrained in Technicolor inside of me. I really would like to go back, if only for one day, and ride my Schwinn Scrambler down for Baseball practice at Kilbourn Park, and wait on the porch for my day to come home from work. Well, he’s gone now, and the area doesn’t look the same. A bit sad.

lizzie on June 22, 2013 at 10:09 pm

Small world; The Milford! Remember the ticket agent, the long lines, and the sticky floors? We grew up at Addison and Pulaski also. Hung out on Eddie street every day by the Orlick’s or by the Kreigers. We loved the secret sauce at Jack In The box, and busting the ketchup packets on the table to splatter all over the window. The whole neighborhood is unforgettable. Best years of our lives.

valrade on December 6, 2013 at 2:36 pm

I moved into the area in 1985, and saw one film at the Milford. Being a suburbanite, the novelty of walking to a theater was part of “city life”. At the time, the ballroom was an Hispanic night club, and the young people dressed for the evening.

The back wall of the theater is part of then auto parts store now auto zone. I found out later that you get a deal from the city for “renovation”, but all that you need is 1 wall to get it.

One additional memory is that the demolition of the Milford and the Oak Theater (Armitage and Western) started the same week. I was picking up a friend from that neighborhood when I saw them demolishing the Oak.

Broan on October 4, 2015 at 11:17 am

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