6329 S. Western Avenue,
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Previously operated by: Stern Theater Interests
Styles: Streamline Moderne
Previous Names: Highway Theatre, Hiway Theatre
Located on S. Western Avenue at W. 63rd Street in the Marquette Manor neighborhood on the south side of Chicago.
The Highway Theatre would have been another unremarkable theatre built in the 1930’s except for the original murals on the wall. The original murals contained many transportion related themes including airplanes, ships, trucks and railroads.
In the early-1960’s, the Hiway Theatre was also used by the Chicago Savings and Loan Association on alternate Saturday mornings for a free show for local children. Parents had to stop at the S & L (a block away from the Hiway Theatre) to pickup the tickets.
When renovated in the mid-1960’s, the murals were painted over with an ghastly yellow paint. In the late-1960’s, the Hi-Way Theatre was converted to all adult move format. It was closed by 1991 and was demolished in 1996
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