Marshfield Theater

1650 W. Roosevelt Road,
Chicago, IL 60608

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This small Near West Side theater, seating just under 300, was designed by architect Alexander Levy in 1910. It was located on W.Roosevelt Road, between Ashland Avenue and Paulina Street, near the present-day Chicago campus of the University of Illinois.

During the 1920’s, the Marks Brothers circuit operated the Marshfield Theater.

After closing as a movie house, the former Marshfield Theater was converted into a community center, which it served as much longer than it did a theater.

The University of Illinois at Chicago’s Department of Disability and Human Development Building is now on the site of the theatre.

Contributed by Bryan Krefft

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Broan on October 21, 2007 at 9:52 pm

The Marshfield was designed by Alexander Levy according to the building permit index.

kencmcintyre on October 22, 2007 at 7:08 pm

Any connection with the Marshall Fields department store?

kencmcintyre on October 22, 2007 at 7:58 pm

Fair enough. I know the department store is, or was, a big deal in Chicago and I thought there might some relationship.

JAlex on December 27, 2009 at 11:31 am

Was this one of the theatres operated by O. T. Crawford, of St. Louis, in the early 19-teens?

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