Halfield Theatre

5451 S. Halsted Street,
Chicago, IL 60609

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The Halfield was located in the Englewood neighborhood at Halsted Street near Garfield Boulevard (hence the theater’s name), and was operated by the Schoenstadt chain from the time it opened in 1914 until 1957. It was designed by the firm of Grossman & Proskauer. A Wurlitzer organ was installed at the Halfield during the early 20s.

The theater has long since been demolished, and a fast food restaurant is currently on the site.

Contributed by Bryan Krefft, jpkjr

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John P Keating Jr
John P Keating Jr on January 15, 2004 at 7:44 am

You are right. It was a McDonalds. Next door to the Halfield was a custom shoe store. They made shoes for deformed feet and had plaster casts of those feet in the window. The slogan of the store was “Does your feet hurt?” Why they never said do instead of does is still a mystery to me.

KenC
KenC on October 31, 2005 at 5:22 pm

Check out “Images of America-World War II Chicago” by Paul M. Green. On page 119, there is a nice shot of 55th-Halsted in the early 1950s. The Halfield theatre is there, showing “FRANCIS GOES TO WEST POINT” plus “SCARLET ANGEL”.

rugzee12
rugzee12 on February 13, 2007 at 2:31 am

I have been trying to find photos of the Halfield and the Commonwealth Edison Company located at 5515 S. Lowe Ave.Any help would be appreciated. Thanks

John P Keating Jr
John P Keating Jr on February 13, 2007 at 3:59 am

Sorry, I know of no photos. I can still see the Halfield in my mind though. I grew up at 50th and Peoria. Our local “show” was the Radio at 50th Place and Halsted. Sometimes we would take the walk up to the Halfield. It was a much larger place.

rugzee12
rugzee12 on February 22, 2007 at 1:50 am

Thanks for answering John. I still take a ride through the neighborhood every now and then, not much left. There is 1 house standing on my old block at 55th and Lowe. I’m also trying to find photos of the Burns or Byrnes building which was located at 5500 S. Halsted. I believe right on the same corner was a Callas restaurant. That apartment building was big, there has to be a photo of that building somewhere. I’ll just keep trying. Thanks Again!

Telios
Telios on September 21, 2010 at 5:48 pm

I have a picture of the byrnes building on 55th. and Halsted. I also lived there in the 60’s I think about that building all the time and have lots of memories growing up there. The corner store that was located on the corner was called pappas homemade candy store. I went to Oliver wendall Holmes grade school that was located a couple of blocks west of the building. I also have fond memories of going swimming at Shermann Park. I miss that old building and all the people that there. Thanks Pat

ellenm
ellenm on February 19, 2012 at 4:51 pm

Telios, I would love to get a picture of the Byrne Building (No s, I think. ) My grandmother lived there until her death in 1967, and I stayed there for months as a young child, playing in the back yard and summoning my grandpa from the tavern for supper. Is there a link to the picture?

Telios
Telios on May 25, 2012 at 6:40 pm

ellenm, I would love to send you a picture of the Byrnes Building. My E-mail is Thank You Telios

Tinseltoes
Tinseltoes on August 26, 2012 at 8:52 am

Modernization described in this 1937 trade article: Boxoffice

Telios
Telios on August 31, 2012 at 6:49 pm

To: Rugzee12 and ellenm I have posted a picture of the Brynes building look under photos Thanks, Telios

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