Standard Theatre

750-52 N. Clark Street,
Chicago, IL 60610

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X123 on March 25, 2017 at 5:47 am

The theatres were owned by Burt Ross Joel Ross and Edward Ross

RiisPark on March 13, 2013 at 2:21 am

I was there in 1969 when it was Le Image and showed art movies. I recall that it didn’t last too long.

HughJazz on April 23, 2011 at 9:28 am

As an Andy Frain Usher,I worked at the Image(Standard) theater in 1971-72, along with the 3 other porn theaters under the same owners. The manager was a gentleman named Herman, and I worked a six-hour shift in the box office, collecting $3.00 per customer. The Image, Newberry, Town(later Park West), and Oak theaters were all owned by Joel Ross and his father, along with other theaters in Kansas City, Mo.

DavidZornig on April 15, 2009 at 6:16 am

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DavidZornig on February 26, 2009 at 12:27 am

I think the Image closed as a theatre in the late 70's. It was in the process of being converted into a night club in the late70’s, when a Stop Work Order was issued by the city. An expensive sound system had already been installed, but never got utilized.
Unless the Image reopened again as a theatre after that in the early `80’s, I believe it was done as any kind of venue after the failed opening of the night club.

KenC on May 26, 2008 at 11:04 pm

In my first post, I was off by about 5 years re: the closing of this theatre. From the Sun Times movie listings dated Monday Sept. 22, 1980: IMAGE 750 N. CLARK 787-5667 OPEN 12 NOON FIRST RUN “HEAD WAITER” PLUS 2ND FEATURE ALL MALE CAST. Perhaps they dropped the “LE” when they switched from straight to gay porno around 1974- 75. For a few years in the mid 70s, this theatre was in competition with the Newberry, which was little more than a block north, on the same side of Clark St. Pretty sure the Image closed for good by early 1981.

sdoerr on December 1, 2003 at 1:39 am

Wow interesting info KenC. ANyone have any recent or old photos?

KenC on December 1, 2003 at 12:48 am

Actually, the Standard was open for decades after the 1930’s, although it did not advertise in the papers. In the late 50’s and early 60’s, it showed a different double feature daily…third, even fourth run films. Back then, north Clark st. between the Chicago river and Chicago ave. was like a mini skid row, second only to west Madison st. The Standard got its business from the alcoholics, the poor residents of the nearby Lawson YMCA , and the near homeless people of the area at that time. Was kinda scary going inside as a kid…not sure what would happen. It had one of the smallest lobbies I’ve ever seen, but enough room on the walls to advertise all the upcoming movies for the week.Lots of westerns, horror , crime and comedies.By the mid 60’s it closed, but reopened in the late 60’s …all cleaned up… as LE IMAGE Theatre, showing art/ foreign films. “STOLEN KISSES” by Truffaut was the opening attraction. Later saw Pasolini’s “TEOREMA”. This new policy lasted a few years…not too successfully. By the early 70’s was showing gay porno. The theatre closed for good by the mid 70’s.