Cine Theatre

2516 W. Devon Avenue,
Chicago, IL 60659

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Cine Theatre, Chicago, IL

The Rapp & Rapp-designed Cine Theatre was opened in 1937 in the neighborhood of West Rogers Park, on W. Devon Avenue at N. Maplewood Avenue. The Cine Theatre closed in 1953 and was converted into a clothing store. The former theatre has housed an Indian restaurant for many years.

Contributed by filmking, Bryan Krefft

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Life's Too Short
Life's Too Short on September 30, 2007 at 6:38 pm

I was just looking at your photos B. It looks to me, going by the alley views, that the second story of the auditorium might still exist above the first floor stores. Do you have any insight on the matter?

Broan on September 30, 2007 at 6:44 pm

I don’t know. It seems possible to me, too, but I’m not sure who I could ask to find out for sure. I’m intrigued by the sign on the corner that says “Viceroy Convention Center – Hall For Rent”. Whether that’s just the floor above the stores, or a divided part of the auditorium, I do not know. THSA doesn’t have much on this theater, no interior shots.

Life's Too Short
Life's Too Short on September 30, 2007 at 6:53 pm

Really? I thought I donated an old catalog to them about ten years ago that had some photos of the lobby and auditorium when new. Maybe I didn’t, which would mean it is up in my parents' attic. I visit them every month or two and will try and remember to look next time.

Life's Too Short
Life's Too Short on March 6, 2012 at 11:39 am

Wow, I hadn’t realized this placed didn’t even make it twenty years.

Life's Too Short
Life's Too Short on March 6, 2012 at 11:40 am

I’m also glad to see that they finally cleaned up the scar left by that glass brick tower.

rivest266 on June 25, 2012 at 1:19 pm

September 9th, 1937 grand opening ad posted here.

TheALAN on May 31, 2015 at 1:37 pm

Wow, that vertical, glass block pylon — or tower — was so impressive that Owens-Illinois Glass Company used the installation in advertising for their Insulux Glass Block. I guess architects Rapp & Rapp were ahead of their time! It’s a shame this portion of the building was destroyed!

DavidZornig on March 20, 2017 at 10:23 am

I uploaded the July 1938 Owens-Illinois Glass Company image, in case the 2009 link goes dead.

DavidZornig on September 24, 2017 at 8:57 pm

1937 photo added courtesy of Michael Murphyā€ˇ.

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