Hub Theater

1746 W. Chicago Avenue,
Chicago, IL 60622

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HUB Theatre; Chicago, Illinois.

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The Hub Theater opened around 1913, in the West Town neighborhood of Chicago, on Chicago Avenue near Hermitage Avenue.

Its was designed by David Saul Klafter, an architect more known in Chicago for his residental architecture.

The Hub closed as a movie house in the very early 1990s, and the building has been converted into office space.

Contributed by Bryan Krefft

Recent comments (view all 17 comments)

kencmcintyre on November 26, 2008 at 11:04 am

It would be “El Centro”, if you were talking about the hub of a city, or “El Cubo”, if you were talking about a wheel.

KenC on November 26, 2008 at 3:10 pm

So the Hub theatre continued to operate into the mid 70s, possibly to 1980 or beyond? And the Alvin, Armitage, Royal, and others? Once these theatres disappeared from the movie listings in the early 70s, I assumed they were closed for good. Glad to know they flourished- at least for a while-as Spanish language theatres. Thanks for the information, Bryan.

Bruce C.
Bruce C. on August 3, 2009 at 5:15 pm

Here’s a picture from yesterday.

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jclaudio on October 6, 2009 at 9:04 am

I grew up near the Hub and saw Dean Martin in a Matt Helm movie there. Good times.

Broan on August 8, 2012 at 8:15 am

This looks like a pretty small theater from the street, but satellite view shows that it telescopes as it goes back. Seating capacity was 769 in 1916, not 400.

Trolleyguy on August 10, 2012 at 8:06 am

Chicago Avenue and Washington Boulevard are both east-west oriented streets one mile apart from each other and don’t intersect. The caption on that picture is incorrect.

Paul Fortini
Paul Fortini on February 23, 2013 at 2:39 pm

Here is a circa 1991 or 1992 photo of the Hub

Cinemaven on April 22, 2013 at 4:23 pm

I actually went here at times from 1989-94. Wasn’t bad at first, But seemingly things went progressively downhill. And in it’s last year?, Need I say more?. But I do miss this theatre being around, And wished that it were maintained more professionally.

RickB on January 21, 2014 at 4:09 pm

A craft brewer wants to open a brewery and taproom in the former Hub. DNAInfo story here.

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