Windsor Theatre

1225 N. Clark Street,
Chicago, IL 60610

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The Windsor Theatre was opened as part of the Lubliner & Trinz circuit on May 9, 1914. It was one of the earliest projects from the firm of Rapp & Rapp. The theater was later run by the H & E Balaban chain. It was located on Clark Street near Division Street, in the Gold Coast neighborhood.

The theater was remodeled by the firm of Pereira & Pereira in 1936. The Windsor operated into the late-1950’s, and was razed by 1961.

Today the site is occupied by condominiums and retail.

Contributed by Bryan Krefft

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John P Keating Jr
John P Keating Jr on December 22, 2003 at 10:18 am

Wasn’t the Windsor on the east side of Clark Street? If so there are condos and a Blockbuster store. The Jewel is on the west side of the street.

beecbee on April 24, 2004 at 10:47 am

Yep—it was on the east side of he street. Right to the south of it was “The Shooting Gallery” which was equivalent to the videogame rooms of today. I worked in the ticket counter/popcorn concession.

Broan on April 8, 2006 at 10:19 am

According to records at the Chicago Historical Society, this was one of Rapp & Rapp’s earliest projects.

Broan on April 25, 2006 at 9:55 pm

It was built on the site of a nickelodeon, the Lincoln, that had burned down.

Broan on December 29, 2007 at 12:10 pm

The Windsor featured a balcont and stage.

Broan on June 7, 2008 at 3:33 pm

In 1934 a modernization in a chinese theme by Pereira & Pereira was announced but not carried out. In 1936 a more extensive, $70,000 plan by the same firm was used,

“Gay colors and new materials will be features of the exterior. Blue will be the prevailing hue. The interior will be entirely rebuilt, with new seats and a new lounge and restrooms in a space acquired for that purpose. The present boxes will be removed. An enlarged air conditioning system will be installed.”

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on March 16, 2012 at 9:32 am

The principals of Pereira & Pereira, the firm that did the 1936 remodeling of the Windsor Theatre, were William Pereira and Hal Pereira. Percival Pereira was an older architect who was never a member of this firm.

radbid on June 28, 2014 at 10:48 pm

I used to go to the Windsor when I was a kid in the “old neighborhood”. Saw “Imitation of Life” with Lana Turner and the whole audience was sobbing at the end. LOL. Was also there the last day it was open – they had a really bad magician on stage.

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