Crane Theatre

4236 S. Archer Avenue,
Chicago, IL 60632

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This small theater, seating just under 300, opened in 1916 and was located in the Brighton Park neighborhood. It was designed by architect Ludvig Novy. The Crane Theatre, which was operated by the Schoenstadt circuit from about 1920 until 1948, was located not far from another Schoenstadt movie house, the Brighton Theatre, just down Archer Avenue.

The theatre was reopened briefly in the early-1950’s with a new name, the New Archer Theatre (named after a far larger, earlier Schoenstadt theatre in the McKinley Park neighborhood which closed in the 1940’s), and was afterward converted to retail use.

The former theatre last housed a florist shop, but this has been closed for several years, and the property is vacant in 2013.

Contributed by Bryan Krefft

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JayKay
JayKay on April 21, 2006 at 8:48 am

I remember it as a paint store in the 50’s.

CHICTH74
CHICTH74 on June 28, 2006 at 12:52 am

This theatre is still used as a flower shop.

CHICTH74
CHICTH74 on January 7, 2007 at 2:03 am

Does any one know of any pic of this place?

Broan
Broan on October 21, 2007 at 10:13 pm

A small profile with a picture of the facade (covered in the 1970s) is available through HAARGIS

CHICTH74
CHICTH74 on October 21, 2007 at 10:58 pm

That was a great shot thank you for the post.

An up date for you know the flower shop from what i have seen seams to have closed . What is going in their i do not know.

But if i am correct if you get up close to the window and look tord the back of the shop look to the floor and you can see the name “CRANE” written in mosacice tile on the floor i rember this from the flower shop days and if i am wright it is still their.

Thank you for you time. :)

CHICTH74
CHICTH74 on December 26, 2007 at 10:47 pm

Just an update for the crain

The Brightion Park flower shop is gone and it is now dark looking for some one to rent or lease it .

I hope that it gets something in there that is use full and dose not destroy the bulding . If you look in the window you can see whare the name of the theatre is writen in the floor.
And you can also get your barings to whare the boxoffice was.

Thank you for your time .:)

CHICTH74
CHICTH74 on March 7, 2008 at 9:43 pm

Good news i went past the CRAIN a few days ago and work men are in their and you can get VERY good look all the way to the back of the place you can also see the CRAIN written on the floor near the door.

CHICTH74
CHICTH74 on March 14, 2008 at 10:01 pm

I went by the CRAIN to day they covered over the wrighting on the floor with this cheep self stick flooring no work on it i think that their is a stop order form the city.

I just hop that their is a nother biz going in their and it wont end up like the Brightion across the street.

Thank you for you time:)

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