Band Box Theatre
127 W. Madison Street,
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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.
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