Gorilla Tango Skokie Theatre
7924 Lincoln Avenue,
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Originally opened as the 425 seat Niles Center Theatre in 1915 or 1916. In the 1940’s it was re-modeled in a classic Art Moderne style. Renamed the Skokie Theatre, this single-screen movie house with its brown and white checkerboard facade was for many years a first-run house but in the last couple decades, closed and reopened a number of times. The Skokie Theatre was screening a mix of art/foreign film, second-run commercial fare, and Bollywood movies when it closed for the last time in fall of 2004.
The theatre was acquired in spring of 2005 by the Skokie Theatre Music Foundation (then called the Cavalcade of Music Foundation), based in the Chicago suburb of Kenilworth, which has converted the Skokie Theatre into a 148-seat concert venue for various styles of music. Renovations, have included new lighting and sound systems, repairs to the exterior, and making the building handicap accessable. The marquee has also been restored and relit. It was closed on December 31, 2011.
It was reopened in April 2012 as the Skokie branch of the popular Bucktown neighborhood’s Gorilla Tango Theatre, now called the Gorilla Tango Bucktown. In Skokie, the program features sketch, improv comedy, burlesque and other live entertainment.
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