Lawndale Theater

4015 West Roosevelt Road,
Chicago, IL 60624

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Lawndale Theater

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The Lawndale, which opened in 1927, was located in the North Lawndale community on Roosevelt Road at Pulaski Road. It was a rather large neighborhood movie house, seating 2,000, which later featured burlesque, and after that, movies once more, before it was closed in 1963. It was known as the Rena Theater in its later years. Most recently, the former theater had housed a church.

Contributed by Bryan Krefft

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Life's Too Short
Life's Too Short on April 30, 2010 at 11:38 am

Probably just more sheep in the real estate boom.

KenC on June 10, 2010 at 8:22 pm

In “IMAGES of AMERICA- CHICAGO’S JEWISH WEST SIDE” by Irving Cutler, there is a great pic of the Rena- marquee and vertical sign- on page 88.

jwballer on October 13, 2010 at 3:48 pm

The theatre is being salvaged
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Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on November 21, 2010 at 1:35 pm

Great pictures,All.

Matt Lambros
Matt Lambros on July 19, 2011 at 9:57 am

Recently I photographed the interior of the Lawnsdale.
Here is a blog post about it.

theatre123 on June 10, 2012 at 1:52 pm

It has a facebook page….Lawndale Theatre Chicago Il

RickB on January 17, 2013 at 6:27 pm

Shots of five endangered Chicago palaces—including this one—and a Roger Ebert essay. Chicago Magazine

GFeret on March 14, 2013 at 11:41 am

passing RENA by earlier today i notice more than one boarded-up 1st floor window and door busted wide open

GFeret on April 17, 2013 at 1:59 pm

the damage i’d mentioned has thankfully been now boarded-up

notice the rena theatre—as deteriorated as it is—still retains it’s original flagpole atop, a tall one. i don’t think others like it can say that

GFeret on May 22, 2013 at 1:50 pm

this place now has one of those big red ‘X’ signs tacked up on the front

i heard that’s supposed to indicate to first responders not to use herculean efforts to save the property in the event of a fire or something and above all, not to try going inside it to rescue anybody because it’s (supposed to be) vacant unless they have specific info/instructions to the contrary

but to me that big red ‘X’ seems more like a roundabout warning to homeless & vagrants not to venture inside because nobody’s going to come looking for you if there’s a property emergency

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