1807 S. Allport Street,
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Thalia Hall (Official)
Architects: Frederick E. Faber, William F. Pagels
Styles: Romanesque Revival
Previous Names: Thalia Theatre
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 architects Frederick E. Faber and William F. 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 theatre 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.
It was reopened in 2014 as a concert venue.
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The restaurant is open.
Hello! Stay updated on Thalia Hall news here on this page at cinametreasures.org and follow Thalia Hall on twitter at twitter.com/ThaliaHall.
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!
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: http://www.chicagoreader.com/chicago/a-landmark-love-affair/Content?oid=999870 *or * http://bit.ly/cZaiqE
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.
THIS TIME HE MEANS IT.
(Not like last time where Thalia Hall renovation money allegedly went to fix some other building, allegedly landing Geraci in some legal hot water). http://bit.ly/nLQHNK
Donate2Dominick today! twitter.com/ThaliaHall
Neighborhood gives props: bit.ly/xsNvl9
RedEye Gives Geraci’s Ristorante al Teatro a Shout-out bit.ly/sXAml0
Thalia Hall for Special Events: fb.me/1pH9rvkFk
Pilsen’s notorious multi-millionaire needs YOU! Buy your tickets today!
tickets are sold-out now (though they same some will be available at the door right before showtime) for this Saturdays live performance by film director John Carpenter together with his son @ Thalia, of their music compositions for his films and more (I’m taking my son ernie there)
1926 print ad added courtesy Monicka Montiel-macias. When it used the 18th Street address.