Terminal Theatre

3315 W. Lawrence Avenue,
Chicago, IL 60625

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TERMINAL Theatre; Chicago, Illinois.

The New Terminal Theatre was one of the largest movie houses built in Chicago’s Albany Park neighborhood. It was opened by the Ascher Bros. on January 7, 1926 with Alma Rubens in “The Gilded Butterfly”. It boasted 4,000 seats, but in reality it had 2,456 seats. It was equipped with a Wurlitzer 4 manual, 17 ranks organ which was opened by organist ‘Larry’ Ambrose Larson. 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. It was closed in 1962 with Bette Davis & Joan Crawford in “What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?”. The Terminal Theatre was demolished in the early-1970’s.

Contributed by Bryan Krefft

Recent comments (view all 65 comments)

Mikey on September 15, 2010 at 8:54 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 1:16 pm


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


Rothie on January 13, 2011 at 3:31 pm

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

Mikey on March 25, 2011 at 3:12 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 4:47 pm

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

Broan on October 10, 2015 at 7:06 am

Here is a nice view of the front.

DavidZornig on October 10, 2015 at 7:26 am

For some reason the highlighted “Here” link erases the cursor arrow, so it can’t be clicked on.
Even when Logged In to CT.
The highlighted links in the other comments still work.

RickB on October 10, 2015 at 2:59 pm

Another try for a link to the nice view of the front.

RickB on October 10, 2015 at 3:03 pm

For some reason that link goes to the page just before the targeted page. Scroll down, folks, I’m not messing with it any more.

Broan on January 17, 2016 at 4:08 pm

Here is a nice interior view from THSA. Several more are searchable there.

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