918 W. Belmont Avenue,
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Previously operated by: Essaness Theaters Corp.
Architects: Hugo J. Liedberg
The Julian Theater opened on May 15, 1909, in the Lakeview neighborhood, not far from the Belmont Avenue El station, and sat 799. Originally, it featured vaudeville and other live stage entertainment during its early years, in addition to motion pictures.
During the 1930’s, 1940’s and into the 1950’s, the theater was part of the Essaness chain. The Julian also screened Scandanavian-language films in the 1930’s and into the 1940’s. The theater operated at least through the 1950’s. By 1967 it was in use as a church.
The former Julian Theater was demolished in spring of 2005.
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