Windsor Theatre

1225 N. Clark Street,
Chicago, IL 60610

Unfavorite 1 person favorited this theater

1953 print ad courtesy of David Floodstrand.

Viewing: Photo | Street View

The Windsor Theatre was opened September 20, 1886. The theatre suffered two major fires, and was rebuilt in 1914, opening as part of the Lubliner & Trinz circuit on May 9, 1914. It was one of the earliest projects from the architectural firm of Rapp & Rapp. The theatre was later run by the H & E Balaban chain. It was located on Clark Street near Division Street, in the Gold Coast neighborhood.

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

Today the site is occupied by condominiums and retail.

Contributed by Bryan Krefft

Recent comments (view all 11 comments)

beecbee
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
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
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
Broan on December 29, 2007 at 12:10 pm

The Windsor featured a balcont and stage.

Broan
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
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.

anothertoothpick134
anothertoothpick134 on May 30, 2015 at 11:24 am

Movies I saw at the Windsor;

King Kong

Rodan

The Giant Claw

I lived on Wells street when I was a kid back in the 1950’s

We would walk to the Windsor on Saturday afternoon.

Does anyone have any photo’s of the outside…or the inside?

DavidZornig
DavidZornig on May 30, 2015 at 11:37 am

The Chicagology page has one exterior photo. Copy & paste to view.

http://chicagology.com/goldenage/goldenage040/

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on May 30, 2015 at 10:21 pm

An article about the closing and impending demolition of the Windsor Theatre appeared in the May 14, 1961, issue of the Chicago Tribune (Tribune archives.) The original Windsor opened on September 20, 1886, and later suffered two major fires. It was after the second fire that the house was rebuilt and reopened as a movie theater in 1914.

You must login before making a comment.

New Comment

Subscribe Want to be emailed when a new comment is posted about this theater?
Just login to your account and subscribe to this theater