Terminal Theatre

3315 W. Lawrence Avenue,
Chicago, IL 60625

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TERMINAL Theatre; Chicago, Illinois.

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The Terminal Theatre, one of the largest movie houses built in Chicago’s Albany Park neighborhood, opened as the New Terminal Theatre on January 7, 1926 with 2,500 seats. It replaced the Ascher Brother’s earlier (1915) Terminal Theatre at 3308 W. Lawrence Avenue, which became the Metro Theatre after the New Terminal Theatre opened.

The New Terminal Theatre was acquired from the Aschers not long after by the always-expanding Balaban & Katz chain, which ran this popular movie house into the 1960’s. The Terminal Theatre was demolished in the early-1970’s.

Contributed by Bryan Krefft

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Mikey on January 30, 2010 at 1:12 pm


You’re right. I’ll pass the info along. Joe must have known the new owner.

10 cents wasn’t a very good price for a used Pinky. That was the going price for a NEW one! ;–)

I went to Hibbard until the end of 6th grade, at which time the school became overcrowded with us Baby Boomers, so the funneled us over to Von along with 7th and 8th graders from the Peterson and Solomon schools. However, as I lived south of Lawrence (and only 400 feet from the school, I attended Roosevelt.


Gerald A. DeLuca
Gerald A. DeLuca on June 23, 2010 at 11:19 am

Boxoffice magazine of September 15, 1956 has small photos of the restoraton of the marquee:
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Mikey on September 15, 2010 at 5:54 pm

Hey, Bob! Few years since I’ve seen you. The comment about the Funny Fellows got you to jump in! Glad you did. Saw the pix from the RHS 1956 reunion. In case you haven’t figured it out yet, my cousin Steve is one of your best buddies. ;–) Tell him I ran into you here. Mitch’s! Wow, how I remember those burgers and fries. Right next to the Albany Park Bank parking lot. The K and L was great, too. And Cooper’s! Now I’m hungry.
Take care, be well! Mike W.

mensch on September 29, 2010 at 10:16 am


What a nice surprise. My email has been down My address is


Tinseltoes on January 3, 2011 at 11:53 am

January 7th will mark the 85th anniversary of the grand opening of Ascher’s New Terminal Theatre Supreme, described as “The Pride of Albany Park.” Continuous performances started at 1:00pm, with the exclusive Chicago premiere engagement of Fox’s “The Gilded Butterfly” and a stage show with The Four Original Brown Brothers, Bartram & Saxton, Marian’s Dancers, Harry Kogan & His Spicy Syncopators, and “Larson” playing the grand organ. Newspaper advertising claimed “4,000 comfortable seats,” and that “The Gilded Butterfly” would not be shown elsewhere in Chicago for at least six weeks.

Rothie on January 13, 2011 at 1:31 pm

What was the name of the book store by Cooper & Cooper on Kimball Avenue by Lawrence?

Mikey on March 25, 2011 at 12:12 pm

Hi, all. Been a while.

85 years since the Terminal opened? Wow, does that make me feel ancient.

Next month will mark 48 years since it closed. Last movie they showed was “Whatever Happened to Baby Jane?”

The book store next to Cooper’s was Terminal Books, an apt name for ANY store in that area. ;–)


rivest266 on June 27, 2012 at 1:47 pm

This reopened on January 7th, 1926. I uploaded the grand opening ad here.

Tinseltoes on July 13, 2012 at 7:24 am

New marquee pictured in this 1956 trade article: boxoffice

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