1619 W. 63rd Street,
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Firms: Pereira and Pereira
Styles: Streamline Moderne
Previous Names: Hippodrome Theatre, Atlas Theatre, West Englewood Theatre
The Hippodrome Theatre opened in 1912 in the West Englewood neighborhood of Chicago’s South Side, and was built for the Ascher Brothers circuit. It was located near the intersection of W. 63rd Street and S. Ashland Avenue, not far from Ogden Park. Both movies and vaudeville acts were featured in its early years. Renamed Atlas Theatre in 1918, in 1920 it became the West Englewood Theatre. In the mid-1920’s, Bob Hope worked at the West Englewood Theatre, appearing as an emcee.
In 1936, Warner Brothers, which ran the theatre from the 1930’s into the 1950’s, had the theatre completely remodeled in Art Moderne style by the firm of Pereira & Pereira. After a brief closure, it reopened, renamed the Ogden Theatre, with movies only.
It remained in operation until 1961, and was demolished in the summer of 1962.
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