Villa Theater

1821 S. Loomis Street,
Chicago, IL 60608

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Italiagrl1434 on May 18, 2015 at 4:45 pm

From the above excerpt regarding the robbery, my grandfather was theg driver of the “bandit” car. It was something that the grandchildren didn’t learn about until years and years later. This escapade was the end to his life of crime, he found my grandmother, settled down, and raised a family. I just happened across this little piece of history, and it brought back so many memories.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on January 16, 2015 at 1:18 am

An item in the November 28, 1925, issue of Motion Picture News listed the Milo Theatre as one of three houses recently opened that had been designed by R. Levine & Co.

Broan on July 28, 2011 at 5:21 am

Here is a night photo of the marquee in 1950. Here is a day view.

0123456789 on July 22, 2010 at 8:01 pm

What theater is located 1440 W 18th street Chicago IL?

GrandMogul on February 7, 2007 at 8:22 pm

News item: Chicago Tribune, Thursday, August 30, 1934, p. 3, c. 4:


Three youths were convicted by a jury yesterday of robbery with a gun, and sentenced immediately by Judge Benjamin P. Epstein, in the Criminal court, to one year to life in the state penitentiary at Joliet. They were James Arido, alias Muzzo, Peter Volpe, Tony Pizzello, all 19 years old and Philip Colonero, 18 years old. All had previous criminal records.Three employes of the Milo theater, 1821 South Loomis street, identified the first three as the bandits who robbed the theater box office of $65 on June 30. Although they were unable to identify Colonero, driver of the bandit car, who waited at the curb, he was implicated in a confession made by all four to Assistant State’s Attorneys Irwin Clorfene and Frank Donoghue. They were arrested July 7 on suspicion, and were subsequently identifed in three other robberies. Judge Epstein overruled a motion for a new trial.

GrandMogul on February 7, 2007 at 8:01 pm

A strange death, perhaps murder, though more probably a suicide, took place at the Milo, as this news item details:

Chicago Tribune, Wednesday, October 8, 1941, p. 22, c. 6:


Maxwell street police last night were investigating the death of Miss Clara Sirigas, 23 years old, 3611 Hemlock street, Indiana Harbor. The young woman, who police say is a graduate of the University of Chicago, called to see her uncle, John Manta, owner of the Milo theater, 1821 South Loomis street. He was at the theater, and she went to the women’s lounge, from which she failed to return. She was found shot thru the heart, a small pistol at her side.

RobertR on March 11, 2004 at 9:02 pm

The theatre has been closed since the late 60’s? They never did anything with it?

BenCybulski on March 11, 2004 at 8:37 pm

Amazingly facinating Mexican horror films(Aztec Mummy?)shown here in the mid-60’s!!