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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Broan
Broan on December 1, 2015 at 6:52 pm

The name of this theater was the Clermont, not Claremont. The Alley is set to close in coming months. https://www.dnainfo.com/chicago/20151201/lakeview/alley-closing-after-39-years-after-being-slaughtered-by-construction

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

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
Broan on January 13, 2016 at 7:05 pm

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

CrustyB
CrustyB on January 17, 2016 at 11:29 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.

http://www.lakeviewhistoricalchronicles.org/2011/05/theaters-past.html?zx=403e6248ae5a0365

Broan
Broan on January 17, 2016 at 12:40 pm

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
GFeret on January 18, 2016 at 10:14 am

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

Broan
Broan on January 18, 2016 at 10:33 am

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

CrustyB
CrustyB on July 18, 2016 at 12:04 pm

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
Khnemu on July 20, 2016 at 8:42 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? http://chicago.curbed.com/2016/2/5/10941142/alley-redevelopment

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