Amo Theatre

436 E. 61st Street,
Chicago, IL 60637

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Located in the Washington Park neighborhood, not far from the actual park itself, on E. 61st Street at S. Vernon Avenue, this theatre opened as the Vernon Theatre on June 17, 1916.

Renamed the Eden Theatre in 1930, it was again renamed, the Amo Theatre, a year later. At the time it closed in 1956, the theatre was known as the 61st Street Theatre.

By May 1957 the former theatre building was being used as a church which remained at this location for many years. The building was demolished between 2000 and 2007 and in February 2018 is still a vacant lot.

Contributed by Bryan Krefft

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kencmcintyre on December 10, 2008 at 8:18 pm

Here is a February 1927 ad from the Englewood Register:

Khnemu on October 22, 2016 at 9:52 pm

From Motography, Jul-Sept 1916: “The Vernon Theater, Sixty-first street and Vernon avenue, Chicago, was opened June 17. The theater seats 800. Music is furnished by a $10,000 Bartola de Luxe.”

Khnemu on February 16, 2018 at 1:12 am

From Motion Picture Herald March 24, 1956:

“The 40 year-old Amo theater, modernized from stem to stern, reopened March 15 under the new name 61st Street theater. The manager is Don Young.”

Khnemu on February 16, 2018 at 1:20 am

The 61st Street Theater didn’t last very long. By May 17, 1957, the Chicago Tribune reported in a short article that the congregation of St. Stephen Baptist Church at this address were dedicating their new organ.

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