Clermont Theatre

3228 N. Clark Street,
Chicago, IL 60657

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Claremont Theatre (The Alley), Chicago, IL

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This Lake View neighborhood movie theatre, which opened by February 1914, sat around 625, and was located not far from the somewhat larger Buckingham Theatre, which was home to the popular Organic Theatre Company for much of the 1980’s and 1990’s (now located in suburban Evanston).

After closing decades ago as a movie house, the Clermont Theatre was converted to retail use. It became home to the Alley alternative shopping center, which closed January 19, 2016.

Contributed by Bryan Krefft

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Life's Too Short
Life's Too Short on December 12, 2015 at 9:43 am

I wonder how many other businesses might be closing soon. Super high minimum wage, super high property taxes, “cloud” tax, crazy privatized street parking rates. Not to mention the sales tax. I bought a couch in Chicago recently and was shocked at how much the sales tax was. Next time I buy something like that there’s a good chance it will be in the suburbs.

Broan on January 13, 2016 at 4:05 pm

The Alley building may be coming down in the future to make way for new development.

CrustyB on January 17, 2016 at 8:29 am

I see an ad from 1914 refers to this at the Clearmont Theatre. Not sure if this is a misspelling or the actual name of it.

Broan on January 17, 2016 at 9:40 am

The earliest Tribune ad I could find was Feb 18, 1914 which spelled it “Clearmont”. By Feb 25, this was corrected to Clermont, the spelling that remained used through 1927.

GFeret on January 18, 2016 at 7:14 am

the store there closed for good yesterday and had a farewell, although there’s still some activity there today

Broan on January 18, 2016 at 7:33 am

They had a party yesterday, but do not close until tomorrow.

CrustyB on July 18, 2016 at 9:04 am

I’ve heard that Edgar Bergen (Charlie McCarthy’s dummy ;) ) was a projectionist here during the vaudeville era. Haven’t seen an independent confirmation of that anywhere, though.

Khnemu on July 20, 2016 at 5:42 pm

Curbed Chicago reported back in February that The Alley would be demolished, and replaced with a 7 story apartment/retail building, but the facade would be saved and intergrated into the new building. I haven’t been to the area for a few months, does anyone know if The Alley is still standing?

CrustyB on October 19, 2016 at 10:21 am

Khnemu, I was by there recently and it’s still standing. The gargoyles are gone but otherwise it’s intact. I was at an alderman’s meeting and the developers said they considered saving the beautiful building but there was a fire here long ago. It damaged the framework so it’s unfit for building upon. As far as the facade, the language they used was that they hoped to save it but, with century-old construction, who knows.

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