Broadway Theatre

5202 North Broadway,
Chicago, IL 60640

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Photo credit Mike Stillman.

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Opened as the Foster Theatre in 1910-January 1914. In February 1914 the name changed to Broadway Theatre. Seated 600-690. It remained open until 1918.

Converted into North Side Oldsmobile in 1921, a General Motors factory store. Auditorium converted to the chapel for Piser-Weinstein Funeral Home, connected to a newer structure next door in unknown year.

In May, 2014 it was demolished.

Contributed by David Zornig

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DavidZornig on May 7, 2014 at 12:03 pm

DarkRefrain’s Flickr photo of the Foster later Broadway Theatre.

DavidZornig on May 7, 2014 at 12:12 pm

I worked at Fanning Cadillac-Buick-Sterling at 5201 N. Broadway, directly across the street from this when it was Piser-Weinstein’s chapel. During the 1980’s. I ofetn saw services let out, but never though to photos of the auditorium. I’m going to see if the demolition crew will let me get a few. Our building had been built as a Cadillac Motor Car Division factory store in 1926. Which became Bill Elsey Cadillac on 05/27/71, when GM sold all the factory stores. It then became Fanning Cadillac in 1974. We took on Buick in 1981 when Warren Buick (formerly Broadway Buick) closed at Hollywood & Broadway. Then got a Sterling franchise in 1987. It then sold to Sun Auto Group in 1990, and closed in 1992. This stretch of Broadway was known as the North side’s Motor Row.

Life's Too Short
Life's Too Short on May 9, 2014 at 10:40 pm

I’ll be damned. I never knew that old funeral chapel had been a movie theater. It’s been sitting closed for a long time now. I hope they are finally going to do something with the property.

DavidZornig on May 23, 2014 at 5:28 pm

I’m going to go back next week. They are getting closer to the auditorium with the bulldozer, so I should be able to get a couple more photos.

DavidZornig on June 4, 2014 at 2:38 pm

Thanks to Mike Stillman for finding out that it became Furth Chapel in 1959, and closed for good in 2002 as Piser-Weinstein Menorah Chapel. It remained vacant since then. I was unable to get back to get auditorium photos.

DavidZornig on February 5, 2015 at 9:26 pm

Auditorium demolition photos added. Photo credit Nitram242 Photography.

DavidZornig on October 22, 2017 at 10:06 am

May 1965 photo added, credit Leonard Bartholomew (Vintage Tribune)

One of our salesmen at Fanning Cadillac-Buick across the street, was notorious for running out to collisions in the intersection to hand out business cards in the `80’s.
The grill in the background later became Song’s Grill.

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