Terminal Theatre

3315 W. Lawrence Avenue,
Chicago, IL 60625

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Broan on January 18, 2016 at 12:08 am

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

RickB on October 10, 2015 at 11:03 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.

RickB on October 10, 2015 at 10:59 pm

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

DavidZornig on October 10, 2015 at 3:26 pm

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.

Broan on October 10, 2015 at 3:06 pm

Here is a nice view of the front.

rivest266 on June 28, 2012 at 12:47 am

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

Mikey on March 25, 2011 at 10:12 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. ;–)


Rothie on January 13, 2011 at 11:31 pm

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

mensch on September 29, 2010 at 9:16 pm


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


Mikey on September 16, 2010 at 4:54 am

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.

Gerald A. DeLuca
Gerald A. DeLuca on June 23, 2010 at 10:19 pm

Boxoffice magazine of September 15, 1956 has small photos of the restoraton of the marquee:
View link

Mikey on January 30, 2010 at 11:12 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.


Snowball on January 29, 2010 at 5:06 am


My Dad, Ed, sold the Cleanerette around 1962. Since Joe was 13 that year I think he must have worked for a successor.
I was a pinners “champ”. I can’t imagine how many hours I spent in the “pinners room” at Volta. Every now and then, one of the older guys would climb the wall in the pinners room and retrieve all the pinkys that wound up on the roof of the garage. He would sell the balls for 5-10c, depending on condition. It was too exciting to get a brand new pinky for a nickel.
Did you go to Haugan or Hibbard?


Mikey on January 28, 2010 at 10:23 pm

Doublers and homers… great memories! And “pinners” on the stoops, with a “Pinky” ball. ;–)

My friend Joe tried to register to this group but had some technical difficulties. He may be around here soon. He said he used to fix your dad’s machines on occasion, between 1970 and 1976. He said he thought your dad’s name is “Buddy”? The three of us are about the same age, incidentally, as Joe and I were born in 1949. We must know each other!


Snowball on January 28, 2010 at 3:55 pm


Yea, softball was big. Remember what we called “doubles and homers” (or lineball)? Everything hit beyond a line and not caught was a double. Everything hit beyond the outfielder was a homer. Everything short of the line or caught was an out. It was usually played in the schoolyard by two man teams. We played it constantly at Volta but I didn’t see it much at Haugan.

I was very small when my father owned Cleanerette so I don’t even remember Glick’s. If Joe worked there he is older than I (born 1950)and I don’t remember him either.

The Funny Fellows….funny and great name for a club (a social athletic club, no less).


Mikey on January 28, 2010 at 2:40 am

I wasn’t in a club but I hung around with the Funny Fellows and a few others. Being tall, when the FFs needed a basketball player I’d help out. My game was Chicago 16" softball, and I played at least 5 times a week.

I passed this list’s URL to a close friend of mine to read, and he asked if you remember him; he ran Glick’s Medical Supply next to the Cleanerette, for many years. His name is Joe. I’ll find out if he’ll allow me to pass along his e-dress.

About that picture link: it was posted to this list on May 11, 2005, and I didn’t realize it until I looked back at the old messages! There are plenty of sites out there with great shots, but I don’t know what I did with the list of URLs. I’ll work on it.


Snowball on January 27, 2010 at 4:03 pm


Since you’re a Rough Rider 67, and had my family stayed in Albany Park, I would have been too, it’s likely we crossed paths. I remember Rosenbloom’s but not Ceshinsky’s.

Were you in a club? I was an Original though I had many friends in the Vampires and Torpedoes.

My father would often take lunch at Cooper’s. I’m sure I had hamburgers but I realy remember Bismarks, and TPRs (toasted pecan rolls).

I knew of Maury’s death from reading his obituary in the Chicago papers. It was heart warming to read of the outpouring of affection. He was really a great guy. There were so many times, before going home from Jensen park or the Max Strauss Center when I stopped at Maury’s for a bag of fries.

Thanks for passing on your memories and the links you provided


Mikey on January 27, 2010 at 6:17 am

Wow. Has it been over a year since I logged in here? Ouch. ;–(

To Albany Park: Google on subject lines like “Albany Park Chicago” and related themes and you’ll find all sorts of wonderful pictures. try this one: View link . We run parallel youths, I guess. I went to Hibbard, Von (upper grade) and Roosevelt, too.

To “Snowball”; For my first 21 years, I lived 3 doors south of The Cleanerette. I can still picture Lawrence avenue as it was in the 50s and 60s. The two books stores were Ceshinsky’s on the north side of Lawrence, and Rosenbloom’s on the south.

Maury’s hot dogs were great. Maury passed on a few years ago, and about 1000 people came to his funeral. Talk about a great guy.

Cooper and Cooper’s across from the L station had the best burgers on the planet.

Mike W., ‘67 Rough Rider

DavidZornig on December 26, 2009 at 1:57 pm

I was asked by a friend to clarify my 12/08 post about the Terminal’s giant neon marquee being turned back on.

During WWII, some theaters and other venues that would hold large amounts of patrons, were ordered to leave their outdoor signage turned off.
In an effort to not make such buildings that would be full of people stand out as targets, in the event of an enemy air raid.

That is what was mentioned in the PBS “Remembering Chicago” show.
Which BTW is back in rotation now. Updated with a 2nd volume, and again for sale during the many WTTW/PBS subscription drives.

Snowball on December 26, 2009 at 4:59 am

I remember the Terminal well. I loved Jackeye’s recollection of Karmelkorn because I’d forgotten it.
My father owned “The Cleaneratte” on Lawrence and St.Louis. We had a Coca Cola machine in the window and in the summer many people would drop a dime into the machine, slide the BOTTLE to the end of the row, pull out their Coke, and open it in the bottle opener. I got to play with the bottle caps! Nearby were Zahn’s, Harriet’s Variety, Wallen & Levy’s Furniture, and a Jewish book store (I can’t recall the name). I also remember Cooper’s, very near the Terminal.
I went to Hibbard, and Volta. We lived at 4904 N Hamlin. I ate at least a hotdog a week at Lerner’s, Mutt & jeff’s, or the shrine of Albany Park, Maury’s.
I suppose everyone has a fondness for where they grew up but it feels like that was a special place.


chgochgo on May 20, 2009 at 6:39 am

My parents moved to Albany Park in 1960. We lived at Kimball and Ainslie across the street from a Boys Club (now a daycare center). I’d love to see photos from the 60’s showing the stores on Lawrence Avenue like Bob’s Coin Shop, Sam’s Smoke shop, the Terminal Grill and the Terminal Theatre. I went to Hibbard and Von Steuben and graduated from Roosevelt. So many many memories.

DavidZornig on April 15, 2009 at 4:32 pm

Wow. There’s a movie promotion & technique that could never take place today. As wholesome & good natured as it was.

The fact that it was co-sponsored by Packard is also cynically somehow fitting.
An auto industry historian would later be quoted on a PBS special, that the merger between Studebaker & Packard was “tantamount to two drunks helping each other out of a bar.”

kencmcintyre on December 12, 2008 at 8:03 pm

Here is an item from Boxoffice magazine, May 1950;

A tieup with the local Packard dealer helped “Cinderella” for Ben Adelman, manager of the Terminal Theater, Chicago. The promotion was tied in on the “Cinderella chooses a Packard because it rides like magic” slogan.

The dealer provided a new car bannered with a 17-foot sign and lettered with the slogan and playdates, which was driven around the city four days prior to opening. The Packard drove to schools in the immediate neighborhood where “Cinderella” distributed program announcements to youngsters.

DavidZornig on December 7, 2008 at 3:24 pm

The Terminal Theatre was mentioned in “Remembering Chicago” on PBS last night. It showed a brief shot of it’s massive vertical sign, whose bright neon was lauded when it was finally able to be turned back at the end of WWII.
Several other Chicago theatres were seen in the various footage used in describing Chicago from 1933 on up.