376 S. State Street,
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This small Loop theatre sat about 300, and was situated just north on S. State Street of the much-larger Rialto Theatre, between W. Van Buren Street and E. Adams Street. 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 Theatre opened in 1919, and was part of the Jones, Linick, Schaefer circuit, which also included the Orpheum Theatre, the Randolph Theatre and the Bijou Dream Theatre, among others. The Unique Theatre had a fairly short life-span, closing during the 1930’s.
The former theatre, along with the neighboring Rialto Theatre, was demolished in the late-1970’s and is today a small patch of parkland in the middle of the South Loop, just across W. Van Buren Street from the Harold Washington Library Center, Chicago’s main public library.
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