Metro Theatre

3308 W. Lawrence Avenue,
Chicago, IL 60625

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Metro/Terminal Theatre, Chicago, IL - during demolition

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This Albany Park neighborhood house was located on Lawrence Avenue near Spaulding Avenue. It opened in 1915 as the Terminal Theatre, and was originally operated by the Ascher Brothers circuit.

In 1925, the Terminal was renamed the Metro, after a new and much larger Terminal Theatre opened across the street at 3315 W. Lawrence Avenue.

The theater was noteworthy because it was only one of a couple of movie houses in Chicago designed with “reverse auditoriums”, where the audience entered at the screen side of the auditorium, facing the rear wall of the auditorium.

The Metro closed in 1952 and the lobby area was converted into retail space, in addition to existing storefronts in the Metro building. In September 2006, the former auditorium portion of the Metro Theatre collapsed and was razed. In March 2008, the remainder of the building was torn down.

Contributed by Bryan Krefft

Recent comments (view all 52 comments)

jlsii
jlsii on February 25, 2008 at 10:23 am

Hello All-

As of this Writing the Metro is Coming down, Demolition started last week!(18, Feb.2008).

Jerry Saunders, Elgin,IL.

Broan
Broan on February 27, 2008 at 7:33 pm

I still don’t see a demo permit for this, but it is indeed being demolished. Coverage is at View link , and Here and here

mp775
mp775 on March 3, 2008 at 10:26 am

It’s there:

3300 W LAWRENCE AVE
Description: WRECK AND REMOVE A TWO STORY COMMERCIAL BUILDING.

Total Records: 2
Discipline ApprDate Status
FINAL DATA REVIEW 02/20/2008 APPROVED
FINAL DATA REVIEW 02/20/2008 APPROVED

mp775
mp775 on March 11, 2008 at 6:59 am

First-class demo job, too. You can jump from the sidewalk right into one of the windowless storefronts and land in the basement.

Life's Too Short
Life's Too Short on March 25, 2008 at 8:47 pm

Wish they had save the front of the building.

Bruce C.
Bruce C. on June 30, 2009 at 8:01 am

Here’s one of my pictures of the demolition of the Metro/Terminal in March 2008:

View link

pritikin1
pritikin1 on December 6, 2009 at 7:40 am

The Metro always showed movies made by independent film makers…
When I was about 8 years old in ‘45, I put a penny in the automatic pop machine that cost a nickel… and to my surprise a cup came out
and filled up.,when I took it out… another cup came down and filled up…and then another, and I got scared and went back into the movie expecting the theater was going to be flooded. That was the last time I ever tried that!

CharlesR
CharlesR on June 26, 2010 at 3:23 pm

Oddly, one can still see the building on Google maps street view. Neat!

TLSLOEWS
TLSLOEWS on July 6, 2010 at 4:47 pm

ANOTHER ONE GONE.

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