376 S. State Street,
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This small Loop theater sat about 300, and was situated just north on State Street of the much-larger Rialto Theatre, between Van Buren and Adams Streets. It was located across the street from the large, ornate Rothschild Department Store (later housing the Davis Store, then Goldblatt’s Department Store, and today the Loop campus of DePaul University).
The Unique opened in 1919, and was part of the Jones, Linick, Schaefer circuit, which also included the Orpheum, the Randolph and the Bijou Dream, among others. The Unique had a fairly short life-span, closing during the 30s.
The former theater, along with the neighboring Rialto Theatre, was demolished in the late 70s and is today a small patch of parkland in the middle of the South Loop, just across Van Buren Street from the Harold Washington Library Center, Chicago’s main public library.
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