Bugg Theatre

3940 N. Damen Avenue,
Chicago, IL 60618

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BUGG Theatre, Chicago, Illinois

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This nearly 1000-seat theater located in what is today part of the St. Ben’s neighborhood opened in 1917. It was one of the more unusually-named movie theaters of Chicago.

The Bugg survived at least into the 1950s, but has been demolished, with a bank occupying the former theater site today.

Contributed by Bryan Krefft

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amiluwho on June 3, 2005 at 8:56 am

My parents and grandparents would talk about how they used to go to the Bugg theater back in the ‘40s. I am now in posession of 7 oversize, beautiful goblets for water or wine, with red bases. My mother passed them on to me and had told me they were acquired “from the old Bugg theater.” If anyone has any glasses or knows where I can find them, please reply to this comment.

Theaterat on June 8, 2005 at 10:23 am

A friend of mine who lived in Chicago remembers the Bugg theater. He tells me the same company also owned a theater called the “Roche”. Just kidding!

gbugg on February 21, 2006 at 4:17 am

As for the origin of the “unusual” name, Bugg is a family name. Therefore, chances are that the original owner was named Bugg. There were and still are a number of Bugg families scattered about Chicago and throughout Illinois.

Englewood on September 12, 2007 at 8:30 pm

Charles Bugg was the owner of the Bugg Theater in 1929.

kencmcintyre on March 9, 2009 at 7:09 pm

The Chicago Tribune announced in October 1958 that the Bugg was going to be razed in favor of a parking lot.

castleflynn on July 27, 2011 at 10:09 am

The Bugg was my favorite theater in my childhood. I went there with my parents, sometimes three times a week because they changed the double features that often. I saw third-run films of the time (the 50s) and “old” movies that introduced me to Errol Flynn, Clark Gable, Rita Hayworth, Spenser Tracy. There was always something to see at the Bugg. I went there more than any other theater. The popcorn was better than the North Center’s.

LouRugani on September 7, 2012 at 4:33 pm

(August 1, 1958) CHICAGO (AP) — The movie “The Fly” has closed a run at the Bugg Theater.

Remember on November 16, 2013 at 10:19 am

My family attended the BUGG theater in the early 40’s. Charlie Bugg, the owner was a cousin to my father. Our family name was always good for a pun!

1907CaSBugg on March 26, 2014 at 3:12 pm

I fondly remember going to the Bugg Theater and paying 17 cents admission and 10 cents for a box of popcorn. Butter popcorn was, I think, 25 cents for three squirts of Meadowgold Butter. I think the ticket taker’s name was Bill and there was always a woman who took you money and issued you your ticket. One day I found a $20.00 dollar bill on the aisle close to the exit/entrance curtain. When I got home I gave it to my mother who was astonished at my find. Those sure were the good old days!

Broan on January 17, 2016 at 1:13 pm

Here is a THSA photo of the Bugg.

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