Alvin Theatre

1612-1614 W. Chicago Avenue,
Chicago, IL 60622

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Broan on January 17, 2016 at 9:50 am

Here is a THSA image of the Alvin

DavidZornig on September 21, 2015 at 3:23 pm

3 photos of today’s removal of the Alvin marquee added. All 3 photos credit Joe Salas.

GFeret on August 6, 2015 at 1:21 pm

the Shapiro Dance Studio, available for wedding rentals too. I think the marquee will remain, somehow, to open late this year?

RickB on August 6, 2015 at 6:34 am

Ballroom dance studio and banquet hall planned for the Alvin; renovations scheduled to begin by month’s end. DNAInfo story here.

blurachel on April 29, 2015 at 4:14 pm

If anyone’s curious, the building has been leased and will be renovated by this Fall.

GFeret on March 19, 2012 at 10:29 am

i walk past the (former) ALVIN THEATRE a couple times a year, when me & wife Claire get a yearning for a slice at Hoosier Mama’s Pie bakery right next door. recall last year (2011) people there talking ALVIN building was on the market

kencmcintyre on April 18, 2009 at 5:18 pm

Compare the 1982 photo to the Loopnet photo posted in December 2006:

chicagoavenue on January 12, 2009 at 4:31 pm

Andie’s Candies. That place was as cold as a meat locker and they had the COLDEST water too. Braverman’s,..Green River…yes, I had forgoten about those places. Woolworth’s was a good place to grade an RC and a plate of fries for a quick lunch. Thanks for the memory jolt!

WDM on January 12, 2009 at 1:16 pm

Often went there as a kid in the 60’s. Thought it was weird the Hub and Alvin so close to each other but gave you a choice of movies. Plenty of good eats near at Braverman’s. Also near was Todd’s Burgers. Todd opened the place out of High School in the mid 60’s. Was almost next to the ALvin but moved down Chicago Av. Also at Chicago and Ashland was Helen’s Grill. a 7 seat lunch counter. Burger and chips, no fries … Or Goldblatt’s for the lunch counter or just grab a Green River at the Andie’s Candies.

kencmcintyre on November 30, 2008 at 12:29 pm

Loopnet still has the ad posted, but says the building is no longer available. Maybe in escrow or they took it off the market.

chicagoavenue on October 2, 2008 at 8:51 am

I saw my first movies at the Alvin – they excelled at triple features in the 60s!. I also worked there one summer in the 60s – my first paycheck was aboutn $86 and change. I preferred it to the Hub because it was smaller and closer to where I lived – Chicago and Ashland. I still go back to the old neighborhood and yes, the Alvin was turned into a clothing store. I hope it’s resurrected as the neighborhood seems to be going that way.

korgsman on May 23, 2008 at 3:03 pm

This was the first movie house I ever attended! I arrived in the U.S. in July, 1975. Being from a small town in Mexico, I had never attended one. My older brother got me hooked on movies!!! Anyway, I recall seeing a Mexican vampire film and a western (I have no idea of the titles) and my brother had a girlfriend who cashiered at a small record store next door to the theater. So began my long love of movies.

Broan on November 23, 2007 at 12:24 pm

Architect was David Saul Klafter.

KenC on December 5, 2006 at 6:03 pm

The Alvin theatre was open at least through 1969- possibly even 1970, early ‘71. I was never inside, but passed by on the Chicago Ave. bus a few times, on my way to the Hub theatre. Both theatres closed about the same time. The Alvin was not a B&K theatre(at least from 1959-on). Like the Hub, it played double or triple features, with about 3 program changes a week.

Sauce on October 20, 2006 at 9:57 pm

It’s currently vacant and up for sale. Please no more condos.

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Life's Too Short on September 18, 2006 at 2:25 pm

Last time I was out that way (probably three years ago) there was still an active business of some kind. I think the marquee was even still there, though covered with retail signs now.

Broan on June 17, 2006 at 9:30 am

Here is a profile from the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency’s HAARGIS system. It includes a small picture.