Elmo Theater

2404 W. Van Buren Street,
Chicago, IL 60612

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Elmo Movie Program - Outside.

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Located in the East Garfield Park neighborhood, near the intersection of Van Buren Street and Western Avenue, the nearly-800 seat Elmo opened in 1913. It closed in the early 30s, and reopened in the mid-30s, continuing to operate into the 50s. It was demolished to make way for the Congress (later renamed Eisenhower) Expressway.

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Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on September 26, 2007 at 1:35 pm

There was once a downtown Chicago grindhouse called the Studio, at the intersection of Van Buren and Michigan. I believe that it was previously known as the Punch & Judy, and had about 300 seats. Does it have a listing at Cinema Treasures? I can’t find it under either name. An address of 64 E. Van Buren is given in the 1957 Film Daily Year Book, but the building numbers could have been changed in the intervening 50 years.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on September 26, 2007 at 1:43 pm

The Punch and Judy is listed here as the Capri Cinema.

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on September 27, 2007 at 6:44 am

Thanks! It did not show up in any of my searches. I guess that it had too many other names to fit into the search engine.

RickB
RickB on July 5, 2011 at 2:57 pm

If this theater was torn down for an expressway built in the 1950s then the cars in the photos must be capable of time travel. Doesn’t really look like Chicago either. I like the marquee though. Which Elmo is that, really?

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on July 5, 2011 at 4:14 pm

RickB;You are correct, the photograph above is not this Elmo Theatre. It is a photograph of the Elmo Theatre, St. Elmo, IL, which has its own page on Cinema Treasures #7601

CrustyB
CrustyB on April 21, 2014 at 7:20 am

I have about 50 movie programs from the Elmo theater my grandparents collected from about 1936 through 1938. I’ve uploaded a sample of one to the photo section. Note the “free stainless steel kitchenware” promotion that was common at the time.

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