Band Box Theatre
W Madison Street and S LaSalle Street,
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This early (and quite short-lived) Loop movie house opened in 1915, on 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 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 theater’s operation. Haag later went on to manage the Ascher Brother’s South Side Metropolitan Theatre.
The Band Box closed by the early 20s, and was demolished not long after.
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