Cinema Italia

306 S. Cicero Avenue,
Chicago, IL 60644

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This nearly 600-seat movie house was located on Cicero Avenue, near the intersection of Jackson Boulevard in the Austin neighborhood. It opened in the 1910’s. It seems to have closed in the mid-to-late-1920’s, before reopening in the mid-1930’s once again for about a decade.

During the early-1950’s, it very briefly reopened as the Cinema Italia, as the name would imply, screening Italian-language films. However, after closing once more, it doesn’t appear to have reopened as a theater, and has since been demolished. The site of the theater is today a large vacant lot.

Contributed by Bryan Krefft

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Broan
Broan on April 11, 2006 at 9:09 pm

Architect was D.S. Pentecost

LouisRugani
LouisRugani on January 19, 2011 at 3:30 pm

This article in The Garfieldian shows that in mid-1947 the theatre bore the name “K & C”:
(July 24, 1947) LICENSE DRIVE HITS 7 LOCAL MOVIE HOUSES
When the city’s drive on license violators hit theaters last week, seven West Side movie houses made quick amends in their admission prices. In view of speedy corrections of the violations, Judge Cecil Smith discharged the cases.
Theaters affected and their maximum prices were: Tiffin, 4045 North, 40 cents; West End, 121 N. Cicero, 40 cents; Byrd, 4730 Madison, 40 cents; Symphony, 4921 Chicago, 40 cents; Crawford, 19 S. Crawford, 40 cents; K and C, 306 S, Cicero, 25 cents; and the Plaisance, 466 N. Parkside, 40 cents.

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