3745 N. Southport Avenue,
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Opened as the Blaine Theatre, a nickelodeon, in 1912, the theater later showed silent films until around 1920.
From 1920 until 1947, the former theater served as a carpet cleaning factory.
Purchased by the DeKoven family that same year, the building served a series of retail uses until 1994, when it was purchased by Michael Cullen and Joe Carlucci and transformed back into a theater, the Mercury Theatre, a 300-seat legitimate house, which opened in 1996 with “Pope Joan”.
The building now also houses two very popular restaurants, Cullen’s Bar & Grill and Strega Nona.
The Mercury Theatre is located just a few doors down from the landmark Music Box Theatre on trendy Southport Avenue, in the neighborhood of the same name.
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