Joy Theatre

1611 W. Roosevelt Road,
Chicago, IL 60608

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Scott on April 19, 2016 at 11:01 pm

I don’t think I’ve ever seen a Z-shaped lot. Sounds like a challenge for an architect.

LouRugani on April 19, 2016 at 4:55 am

Built as a cinema for the Marshfield Amusement Company in mid-1912, it was on a Z-shaped lot. Concrete was furnished by the S. L. Cooper Co. Façade was crème terra cotta by Midland Terra Cotta illustrating “Primitive Dance”, “Ancient dance” and “Modern Dance” in that order, designed by the architects. The white Italian marble lobby occupied the full frontage with ornamental plaster above, and the auditorium was bowl-shaped. The ceiling was vaulted and spanned by curved trusses.

Broan on January 17, 2016 at 11:21 pm

Here is the Joy after a remodel

davidplomin on September 10, 2013 at 4:03 am

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

CharlesR on July 9, 2010 at 8:00 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.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on November 13, 2009 at 8:42 am

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

kencmcintyre on November 26, 2008 at 7:21 pm

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

kencmcintyre on November 26, 2008 at 4:31 am

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