Independence Theatre

3723 W. Roosevelt Road,
Chicago, IL

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ROAD (INDEPENDENCE) Theatre; Chicago, Illinois.

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This North Lawndale neighborhood theater could seat around 600, and opened in 1912. It was located on Roosevelt Road (then still called 12th Street), between Independence Boulevard and Lawndale Avenue (though it actually was closer to Lawndale Avenue, it was named after the grander Independence Boulevard).

The Independence was later renamed the Road Theatre, and remained in operation at least through the 40s. It was razed during the 60s. A gas station is on the site today.

Contributed by Bryan Krefft

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Jimindreika on November 20, 2003 at 7:16 pm

The Independence was renamed the Road Theatre in the late 30s, and operated well into the 40’s, according to Beatrice Shapiro’s book on the Lawndale community.

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