Village Art Theatre
1548-50 N. Clark Street,
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Architects: Adolph Woerner
Previous Names: Germania Theatre, Parkside Theatre, Gold Coast Theatre, Globe Theatre, Village Theatre
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Located on N. Clark Street at Germania Place in the Old Town neighborhood of Chicago. Built as the Germania Theatre and opened July 29, 1916. It changed name to the Parkside Theatre after the US entry into World War I when anti-German sentiment was running high. The theatre later went through a couple of other name changes over the years including the Gold Coast Theatre in January 1934 and the Globe Theatre, a name it retained from December 28, 1962 until at least 1966.
Prior to being divided into four small auditoriums in the early-1990’s, the theatre could seat 900. Little remained of the original interior design, but the façade, despite being almost entirely hidden behind an ugly modern marquee, was still intact and featured red brick and beige terra-cotta highlights.
Long a popular venue for art, foreign and cult films, the Village Art Theatre was closed in March 2007. In April 2018, the Village Art Theatre and neighboring buildings along North Avenue were demolished to make way for construction of the Fifteen Fifty on the Park condominium building. The landmarked (2009) façade of the former theatre will be preserved and will be incorporated in the new structure.
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