66 W. Madison Street,
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This fairly small Loop theater, which opened around 1908, was situated on W. Madison Street, not far from N. Clark Street, where today’s First National Plaza is located. It presented both vaudeville and movies originally.
Its management caused a bit of a stir when it hired a group of African-American musicians to play jazz music in the lobby for its patrons between shows, not so much because of the musicians' race, but because jazz was not considered refined entertainment by many in those days, so in some respects, the Pastime Theatre’s management was ahead of its time.
The Pastime Theatre was closed by the 1940’s, and has long since been demolished.
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