Rhodes Theatre

544 E. 79th Street,
Chicago, IL 60619

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Rhodes Theater

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This late Rapp & Rapp designed movie house, done in Art Moderne style in 1937, was located in the Chatham neighborhood, at the intersection of E. 79th Street and S. Rhodes Avenue. The Rhodes Theatre was opened on November 19, 1937 with Kenny Baker in “Mr. Dodd Takes the Air”.

For most of the 1930’s and 1940’s (and into the 1950’s), the Rhodes Theatre was operated by the Warner Brothers (later Stanley-Warner) chain. From the mid-1960’s into the 1970’s, it was part of the Brotman & Sherman Theaters chain, which also acquired other former Warner houses such as the Avalon Theatre (New Regal), Capitol Theatre, and Met Theatre.

The Rhodes Theatre was open into the 198’s, but, unfortunately, was demolished after it closed.

Contributed by Bryan Krefft

Recent comments (view all 17 comments)

NickCoston
NickCoston on July 8, 2007 at 9:12 pm

thanks, that’s a great site.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on November 25, 2008 at 11:15 pm

Address was 538 E. 79th in the 1960 Chicago yellow pages.

vicboda
vicboda on October 5, 2009 at 12:43 pm

This theater was part of the Brotman & Sherman chain for a while but they ran it down taking everything they could out of it and not putting anything back. Typical of the time.

BobArr
BobArr on January 25, 2011 at 6:38 pm

I grew up in the shadow of the Rhodes—used to play softball in its parking lot, age 10-12. I recently made a video about it and put it on YouTube. You may enjoy it.

[url]=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EYXjSsbS4_M][/url]

BobArr
BobArr on January 25, 2011 at 8:12 pm

Sorry, that url didn’t become a normal link. I’ll post it as regular characters; you may have to cut and paste.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EYXjSsbS4_M

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on May 27, 2011 at 8:44 pm

1983 R rated and PG rated Double feature? hopefully, they got the kids out.

rivest266
rivest266 on June 26, 2012 at 7:57 pm

This opened on November 19th, 1937. Grand opening ad in photo section.

KevinJ
KevinJ on December 2, 2012 at 4:00 am

They showed a lot of martial arts movies in the 80’s. I lived in the area then, movies were $1.

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