203 Vine Avenue,
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Previously operated by: Balaban, H & E
Architects: Elmer F. Behrns
Previous Names: Park Avenue Cinema
Opened in 1924, just five years earlier than Park Ridge’s more famous Pickwick Theatre, the Ridge was originally operated as part of the Chicago-based Lynch circuit. It was later taken over by the H & E Balaban chain.
Just a couple blocks away from the vaudeville house-turned-movie palace Pickwick, the Ridge sat about 1200.
Gradually, the Ridge began to play second fiddle to the larger and far more ornate Art Deco Pickwick, and closed around 1936. It very briefly reopened in 1955 as an art house called the Park Avenue Cinema, but closed within months.
Not long after closing, it was converted into an ice skating rink, which it would continue to serve as until 1973.
A condominium complex was constructed on the site of the Ridge in 1983.
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