Paulina Theater

1339 N. Paulina Street,
Chicago, IL 60622

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Khnemu on February 24, 2018 at 9:57 am

According to an article in the October 2, 1948 Boxoffice a fire caused over $10,000 in damage to the Paulina Theater, destroying the stage and part of the auditorium.

The theater was reopened by August of 1949, as a short blurb in the Chicago Tribune notes the theater was robbed of $150 in ice cream and candy. An article in the March 1952 Variety mentions that the Paulina had been closed since June of 1951.

The Paulina had been converted into the Evergreen Bowl by the mid-50s, and was in operation into the 80s.

noodles on May 3, 2007 at 8:12 am

Does anyone out there have any photos of this theater? I currently live on Paulina and have long wondered what stood in the place of the awful stripmall there now. It would be greatly appreciated if someone can either post a photo or direct me where there might be one. Thannks!

Chrisk36 on May 1, 2007 at 11:49 am

It was a bowling alley for a while. Evergreen Bowl. I lived on Julian St. nearby from 41 to 62. It was our family night theatre growing up and have a lot of fond memories of the theatre and the neighborhood.

PaulWolter on April 14, 2007 at 6:58 pm

The Chicago Historical Society database of Chicago building permits list a permit issued December 7, 1912 to owner Investors Theatre Co. and architects C.W. & G.L. Rapp

Broan on June 10, 2006 at 4:46 am

This was another very early Rapp & Rapp house.