Marquette Theater

6305 S. Kedzie Avenue,
Chicago, IL 60632

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Marquette Theater

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The Marquette Theater was located in the Marquette Park neighborhood at S. Kedzie Avenue and 63rd Street, just four blocks away from the Colony Theater on 59th Street and S. Kedzie Avenue. The theater seated 950 and opened in 1917. In 1923 it was remodelled and enlarged to the plans of architects Henry L. Newhouse & F.M. Bernham and opened in 1924 with 1,200 seats It closed in January 1981.

Contributed by Larry Prohaska, Bryan Krefft

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Tim O'Neill
Tim O'Neill on December 31, 2009 at 11:55 am

Thank you for the photos. Hopefully, somebody can post photos of the theatre when it was open. One thing I would like to point out:
Up above in the history section, it claims that the theatre opened in 1917. I don’t think that’s accurate. I’ve seen a lot of movie ads from that period and the Marquette is never listed. According to THS the Marquette opened in 1925, that might be more accurate. The theatre did close after the first weekend of January, 1981 with it’s last movie being THE ARISTOCATS. The first movie I saw there was in the summer of 1971 and that was THE MILLION DOLLAR DUCK; the last movie I saw there was FADE TO BLACK in November , 1980.

Tim O'Neill
Tim O'Neill on June 23, 2010 at 4:33 am

The Marquette Theatre now has a Facebook page. Check it out.

Tim O'Neill
Tim O'Neill on June 23, 2010 at 2:51 pm

Hey, Jim. Type in “Marquette Theater 63rd Street and South Kedzie Avenue.”

Tim O'Neill
Tim O'Neill on January 4, 2011 at 12:24 am

The Marquette Theate closed on this date in 1981 with its final movie being THE ARISTOCATS.

VintageBob on March 4, 2012 at 12:35 am

Here are some newly discovered although sad photos of the demolition of the Marquette Theater in Aug. 1987.

silverarm on March 4, 2012 at 6:33 pm

Thank you VintageBob. Yes, you’re right in that it is a sad photo, but it’s good to know that there are still some of us around who recall the Marquette in fond memory. We loved it! Thanks again – Danny.

Broan on October 3, 2012 at 9:25 pm

Here is a nice photo prior to demolition

RiisPark on March 12, 2013 at 5:31 pm

Sad when a movie theater dies

dallasmovietheaters on November 17, 2015 at 10:45 am

The 1923 exterior architectural sketch of Henry L. Newhouse and F.M. Bernham, architects of the 1,200-seat -at opening in 1924 – Marquette Theatre – can be found in photos. Fitpatrick & McElroy owned the theatre but leased it to competitor Balaban & Katz for the first ten years. Ten stores including the Oriental Café on the second floor of the theatre adjoined the building.

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