Band Box Theatre

127 W. Madison Street,
Chicago, IL 60602

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Band Box Theatre, Chicago ILL in 1916

This early (and quite short-lived) Loop movie house opened in 1916, on W. Madison Street, near LaSalle Street, and sat around 300. It was managed by Jack Haag, who instituted a women-only policy at the Band Box Theatre in 1916, screening films like “The Unborn”, which censors deemed unfit for mixed-sex audiences.

It remained successful in this highly-unusual format for the remainder of the theatre’s operation. Haag later went on to manage the Ascher Brother’s South Side Metropolitan Theatre.

The Band Box Theatre closed by the early-1920’s, and was demolished not long after.

Contributed by Bryan Krefft

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DavidZornig on November 18, 2008 at 8:59 pm

Somewhere on the vast internet, is a link to a `50’s juke box accessory called Band Box.
It was a miniature 24 inch half circle stage with curtains,that had big-band dressed puppets that appeared to play little instruments along to the juke box. The print ad was hilarious.

I beleive the company that made them was out of Chicago as well. Band Box Theatre might have been where they got the name from.

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