Thalia Hall

1807 S. Allport Street,
Chicago, IL 60608

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One of the centerpieces of the 18th Street commercial corridor of Chicago’s Pilsen neighborhood, the Thalia Hall opened in 1892. It was built just before the Columbian Exposition, and designed in graceful Romanesque Revival style, including a heavily ornamented terra-cotta facade, with storefronts along the ground floor at Allport and 18th Streets, as well as apartments on the upper floors. The building was designed by Frederick E. Faber and William Pagels.

Originally a meeting hall for the mostly-Bohemian original populace of the Pilsen neighborhood (named for a large Czech city), the Thalia later became a venue for live entertainment, then, finally, a movie house.

Though the theater has been closed for decades, the Thalia Hall remains relatively intact, and would make a wonderful community center or performing arts venue for the newly-resurgent Pilsen neighborhood, which is the heart of Chicago’s Latino community.

Contributed by Bryan Krefft

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katwalk on January 11, 2004 at 6:26 pm

Hello, Theatre Aficionados!

I am part of the group that has acquired Thalia Hall. We are currently finalising plans for restoration and we hope to begin work in February 2004! If you would like to make a donation to the non-profit organisation based in the theatre, please visit If you are interested in purchasing a residential unit adjacent, please visit More details to follow!
Katrina Walker

Broan on March 26, 2005 at 1:48 pm

The correct address for the theatre is 1807 S Allport; the listed address refers to the storefronts and building. Since the above links are no longer active, here are some additional ones.
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Life's Too Short
Life's Too Short on July 13, 2006 at 6:52 am

I had forgotten about this place! The realty link above says the building has been gutted. I wonder exactly what that means.

Broan on October 8, 2007 at 10:10 pm

Recent photos of this theatre are HERE

mfs3757 on November 7, 2009 at 8:18 pm

The restaurant is open.

ThaliaHall on July 29, 2011 at 4:09 pm

Hello! Stay updated on Thalia Hall news here on this page at and follow Thalia Hall on twitter at

We will be posting news on potential opening dates, historical facts, and details about the lawsuit controversy surrounding Pilsen’s most coveted building.

More to come!

ThaliaHall on July 29, 2011 at 4:50 pm

Also, a great article about Thalia Hall (too long to paste here) was on the front page of the Chicago Reader not too long ago. Here it is: *or *

Broan on October 23, 2011 at 11:08 am

ThaliaHall on January 17, 2012 at 6:53 pm

Join Pilsen’s very own Dominick Geraci, in a fundraiser for himself on January 28, 2012.

Geraci will use the charitable donations to fix the theater.



(Not like last time where Thalia Hall renovation money allegedly went to fix some other building, allegedly landing Geraci in some legal hot water).

Donate2Dominick today!

Neighborhood gives props:

RedEye Gives Geraci’s Ristorante al Teatro a Shout-out

Thalia Hall for Special Events:

Pilsen’s notorious multi-millionaire needs YOU! Buy your tickets today!

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