Maryland Theater

855 E. 63rd Street,
Chicago, IL 60637

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Maryland Theater

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The Maryland opened in 1918 in the heart of the Woodlawn neighborhood’s East 63rd Street business and entertainment corridor, standing between Drexel and Ingleside Avenues. The Maryland was within blocks of both the palatial Tivoli Theatre and the Trianon Ballroom (sister to the Aragon Ballroom in Uptown), as well as a handful of smaller theaters.

The Maryland, which originally seated around 1800, was operated by Balaban & Katz from the 40s until the 60s, when it was part of the ABC Theatres chain.

The theater was closed in 1977, and demolished in the 1990s.

Contributed by Bryan Krefft

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brianlewis
brianlewis on March 14, 2007 at 6:17 am

If anyone can find any pix of the Maryland—-please help …I was hoping to see something if possible…..thanks in advance for any help provided
:)

GrandMogul
GrandMogul on March 29, 2007 at 10:49 am

GOSSIP COLUMN ITEM:
Chicago Tribune, Tuesday, February 25, 1964, s. 1, p. 22, c. 2:
Tower Ticker, by Herb Lyon

“… .In a late rush, B&K’s State Lake, Maryland and now Uptown are sold out for tonight’s Liston-Clay theater TV episode. The Marbro has seats … .”


Life's Too Short
Life's Too Short on September 8, 2008 at 5:19 pm

For Maryland pics contact the Theatre Historical Society. Web address:

http://www.historictheatres.org/

The web site has email and phone contacts. I know for a fact that they have some photos of this building & they would be happy to sell you copies at a very reasonable price.

brianlewis
brianlewis on September 9, 2008 at 7:37 am

Hey,
Are these these the photos that you shot in the late 80’s ?
If so, please post them here on the site, or provide a link.
Its kinda difficult to buy photos sight unseen. Please post!

thanks “LTS”

Life's Too Short
Life's Too Short on September 12, 2008 at 7:06 pm

Yes, they do have my photos. But they also have others. I no longer have copies myself. When I was taking photos there were no digital cameras. I got sick of storing Kodak slides as I got older and gave everything to THS. I also figured the collection did more good there than in my basement.

Seriously, give them a call. The prints don’t cost much, and if you can’t make it to the archive they will send you copies for examination with a watermark before you buy.

brianlewis
brianlewis on September 16, 2008 at 9:52 am

Thanks….i had no luck searching the archive woth my lack of skills
I’ll keep trying….where there’s a will………..

KenC
KenC on April 18, 2010 at 10:00 pm

As noted above, you can see the Maryland Theatre in the movie “MONKEY HUSTLE”. 39 minutes and 38 seconds into the film, the box office, the glass entrance doors,a number of poster cases(J.D.’S REVENGE is on display), and many light bulbs under the marquee can be seen in a great night scene. See it for free at the Internet Movie Database or Hulu.

RiisPark
RiisPark on March 12, 2013 at 3:56 pm

I just posted above some photos I took around 1980

Tinseltoes
Tinseltoes on September 13, 2013 at 6:13 am

The introduction says that the Maryland was under Balaban & Katz management from the 1940s until the 60s, but an ad in the Photos Section dated 1928 shows it already affiliated with B&K. Can anyone explain the gap?

WayOutWardell
WayOutWardell on February 4, 2014 at 1:04 pm

A book about the Jackson Park Theater antitrust case lists the Maryland as opened in 1918 and acquired by B&K in 1928, showing films 9 weeks after the first-run in the Loop.

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