Lido Theater

622 S. Fifth Avenue,
Maywood, IL 60153

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The largest of a couple of movie houses in the western Chicago suburb of Maywood, which also included the Maywood and Yale Theaters, the Lido could seat over 1800.

Its auditorium was designed in the atmospheric style, with the facade resembling a Greek temple. It was opened in 1925. The Lido closed in 1976 and was afterward demolished. A strip mall was constructed on the site of the theater in the late 80s.

Contributed by Bryan Krefft

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picson66
picson66 on September 6, 2006 at 3:46 pm

Reading Lowell’s post brings back the memory of that WWII photo of the Bataan Death March in the lobby. I used to go to this theater in the late 1950s when I was a kid and visiting my aunt in Maywood. I remember that the price was 25 cents for a kid for a double feature with included cartoons and newsreels. It was a great theater and remember seeing some of the Jerry Lewis and Dean Martin classics and some of the early science fiction movies like Earth versus Flying Saucers and The Day the Earth Stood Still. I always loved when they had the balcony open.

revlowell
revlowell on October 3, 2006 at 4:23 pm

Does anyone have a photo of the Lido and/or the Yale?

checker758
checker758 on May 17, 2008 at 2:52 pm

The Lido was actually located one block south of Washington, on the NW corner of 5th Ave. and Walnut St.

checker758
checker758 on May 17, 2008 at 3:08 pm

I moved to Maywood when I was a little kid, c. 1964. We lived a stone’s throw away from the Lido at the time, at 4th and Washington, directly across 4th Ave. from Emerson School. I remember that Mary Poppins was playing at the Lido when we moved in, and it was the first film I saw there. Between then and 1974 when we moved out of Maywood, I spent countless Saturday afternoons at the Lido. Kids admission was 65 cents, and an ice cream sandwich was 15 cents, so I’d still have some change left over from my $1 allowance to walk down to Wallin’s 5 & 10 at 5th and Madison and load up on penny candy after the show! In all the time I spent there, I don’t recall the balcony ever being open, although I occasionally would sneak up there anyway. Memorable times: when Jane Fonda spoke at an anti-war rally at the Lido in the late ‘60s (I didn’t attend, but I remember the crowds), and also the biggest crowd I ever saw there, when the Batman film was shown there c. 1966 – there was a line of people waiting to get in that went around the corner down Walnut St. and down past the alley. Actually, I think they DID have the balcony open for that one :)

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on November 28, 2008 at 8:33 pm

Here is a partial account of a New Year’s Day fire at the Lido in 1933, from the Chicago Tribune:

THEATER BURNS IN MAYWOOD; 75 PATRONS ROUTED
Fireman and Attendant Hurt in $50,000 Fire.

Fire broke out yesterday in the Lido theater at 622 South 5th Avenue, Maywood, seventy-five patrons who were in the lobby waiting to enter, and causing injuries to a fireman and an attendant. There were two other large New Year’s day fires in the metropolitan area.

ussky
ussky on June 11, 2010 at 8:19 am

What ever happened to the Bataan National Guard Photograph/Mural that was in the Lido? I remember it well as well as going to the Lido every Saturday afternoon while my parents went to the grocery. I do have pictures of the Lido (c 1926) and of the Picture/Mural if anybody wants a copy.

KCJ
KCJ on August 13, 2010 at 4:13 pm

What memories!!! As a teenager I worked at the Lido theatre from 1965 to 1968 and also Wallins dime store. The movies I had seen and the friends that I have met there will never be forgotten. I was sad to hear it was torn done for a strip mall. It was a beautiful theatre. The owners at the time were Mr. and Mrs. Bakus a lovely Greek couple. . Coworkers: Martie, Bill, Mary, Jesse, Lupe, Maria and others that I remember their face, but not their names.

nealmbrown
nealmbrown on September 15, 2011 at 5:37 pm

My mom—Audrey Kunes and her friend, Marilyn “Cussy” Cussimano worked at the Lido in 1946 and they were paid $0.50 cents per hour. Cussy was 15 and only earned only $0.45 cents. They worked at the candy and popcorn counter. Back then, Cussy said you could take home any unsold popcorn at the end of the evening. They always had plenty to take home!

The Kunes family lived at 1839 South 10th Avenue Maywood, IL 60153. Audrey’s father had a Deli store on 5th Avenue in Maywood. It was Deli with a soda fountain and they also sold newspapers, cigars, cigarettes, candy and other stuff.

rivest266
rivest266 on June 21, 2012 at 7:42 pm

This opened as the World’s Most Beautiful Suburban theatre on November 25th, 1925. I uploaded its grand opening ad in the photo section for this cinema.

rivest266
rivest266 on June 21, 2012 at 7:43 pm

Is it a habit for the Chicagoland area to always use “ The World’s xxxx ?
XXXX can mean beautiful, biggest etc.

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