Chatham Theater

7540 S. Cottage Grove Avenue,
Chicago, IL 60619

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Located in the Chatham neighborhood on S. Cottage Grove Avenue near E. 75th Street, this theater opened June 7, 1922, seating 1,100.

It was originally part of the Cooney Brothers circuit, which was acquired by Warner Brothers in the 1930’s.

It continued to be operated by Warner Brothers until the 1930’s when it it was closed, and from the early-1940’s it was used as a warehouse. The theater has long since been demolished. Today, a gas station is on the site of the Chatham Theater.

Contributed by Bryan Krefft

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Khnemu on December 4, 2016 at 1:38 pm

From the June 24, 1922 Exhibitors Herald:

Chatham Theatre Opens

The beautiful new Chatham theatre at 75th street and Cottage Grove avenue, owned by Jack and Van Cooney brothers, was opened to the public on Wednesday June 7. The new house seats 1,000 and is a valuable addition to the busy neighborhood of which it is the center.

Khnemu on December 4, 2016 at 1:45 pm

From the June 29, 1937 The Film Daily:

Warners Improving Two

Warner Brothers are spending $75,000 to remodel the Chatham theater. Project includes new air conditioning system, new canopy, 1,000 opera chairs, and entirely new interior. Warners is also overhauling the Grove theater.

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