1339 N. Paulina Street,
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This Wicker Park neighborhood theater, which opened in 1913, could seat over 800 in its auditorium. The Paulina was located on Paulina Street, off the then-and-now thriving Milwaukee Avenue commercial corridor, next to the former flagship location of the Wieboldt’s department store chain (converted into office and retail space several years ago).
The Paulina, which was built for the Gumbiner Brothers circuit, contained a 16-rank Wurlitzer organ that was removed prior to the theater’s closing in the early 50s, and, partially rebuilt, combined with parts of a Kimball organ from Philadelphia’s Uptown Theatre, had seen frequent use at the Gateway Theatre in the Jefferson Park neighborhood, when it was until recently home to the Silent Film Society of Chicago.
The theater was demolished years ago, after having been converted into a bowling alley after its movie days ended, and its site is now the parking lot of a Jewel Food store.
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