Joy Theatre

1611 W. Roosevelt Road,
Chicago, IL 60608

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Orpheus Theatre

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Located on the Near West Side, on Roosevelt Road at the intersection of Ashland Avenue, the Orpheus opened in 1913.

The movie house was later operated by the Marks Brothers circuit, and still later, by the Essaness circuit. By the 1940s, the theater was renamed the Joy. In 1952, the Joy was acquired by the Gomez family, who renamed it the Tampico, for their home town in Mexico. It was still in operation as a Spanish-language movie house by the mid-1970s.

A drive-up bank is located today where this movie theater once stood.

Contributed by Bryan Krefft

Recent comments (view all 7 comments)

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on September 10, 2007 at 6:01 pm

A Kimball theater organ size 2/7 was installed in a Joy (Orpheus)(Tampico) Theater. Is Tampico another aka name for this theater?

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on November 25, 2008 at 8:31 pm

I think so. Listed as Cine Tampico in 1960 yellow pages.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on November 26, 2008 at 11:21 am

That makes sense, because the Cine Tampico was also listed in the 1953 yellow pages.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on November 13, 2009 at 12:42 am

This item from the Art Institute of Chicago might depict the Joy Theatre soon after its construction.

CharlesR
CharlesR on July 9, 2010 at 12:00 am

The above is almost certainly this Joy Theatre. Compare it with the photo linked to on the page of the other Joy Theatre, which is of the Roosevelt Road cinema.

davidplomin
davidplomin on September 9, 2013 at 8:03 pm

Beautifully unique facade! I wish I could have experienced these places in their prime.

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