Times Theatre

4847 N. Milwaukee Avenue,
Chicago, IL 60630

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This small theater opened in the 30s in the Jefferson Park neighborhood (not far from Jefferson Park itself) near the intersection of Milwaukee and Higgins Avenues.

It played mainly second-and-third run fare, and often had theme days, such as all Western or mystery films.

The Times appears to have closed during the 50s. The building later housed a nightclub, but this, too, closed. In the 70s, the entire block that the former theater was located on was razed to make way for a strip mall and bus terminal.

Contributed by Bryan Krefft

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markymark
markymark on July 9, 2004 at 2:46 pm

I saw The Ramones there for the 1st time during the fall of 1980,labeled as The Holiday Ballroom on my ticket stub.

KenC
KenC on July 20, 2006 at 9:23 pm

The Times was open at least through October 1956. From the Chicago Tribune Wed. Oct. 10, 1956: TIMES 4847 MILWAUKEE Open 5:30 “THE TENDER TRAP” “JOHNNY GUITAR”.

gxs
gxs on January 6, 2007 at 11:34 am

I was at that Ramones show. So its gone now, huh? Too bad – it was a nice place.

robabank1
robabank1 on August 2, 2007 at 12:54 pm

I am writing an article on old movie houses in or near Jefferson Park, Chicago; if anyone has any photos available inside or out of the building, either as the Times or the Holiday Ballroom please contact me. Also looking for photos of the Jefferson Nickelodeon, Gateway, Portage and Patio. Were there any others nearby that I didn’t mention? I will try the Library and Historical Society files too. Roughly looking between Cicero & Austin, Irving and Bryn Mawr Ave’s.

robabank1
robabank1 on August 2, 2007 at 1:05 pm

P.S. left off my e-mail

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on April 22, 2009 at 9:20 pm

Here is a 1982 photo. Not sure about the art deco, but I suppose that was before the remodel into the dance place.
http://tinyurl.com/c7an78

jpitt
jpitt on March 6, 2011 at 6:18 pm

Another theatre in the Jefferson Park area was Jeff. It was located on Milwaukee Ave. about two blocks south of Lawrence. As I recall it was a run down dump.

CSWalczak
CSWalczak on March 6, 2011 at 6:29 pm

The Jeff has its own page here on CT: /theaters/18099/.

rso1000
rso1000 on April 27, 2011 at 6:59 pm

The Rock dances continued into the late 70’s.

The Building was owned and operated by Dan Belloc, former band leader and music & record promoter. His name appears on many hit songs including ‘ PRETEND ’ by Nat King Cole.

The last ‘ BIG NAME ’ Big Band to appear here was The Woody Herman Orchestra circa 1976 – 77.

It was NOT a nostalgia concert although they did play a few of their 1940’s hits. The orchestra mainly performed their current style which consisted of Jazz & Jazz Rock – with some 1970’s pop hits of the day ( Jazzman, Alone Again Naturally, Superstar, Where is the Love ) etc. While a few probably tried to dance, it was more of a concert and most everyone just stood on the dance floor listening.

When the Embassy Ballroom sold and ran their official last on Sept 27, 1981, their regular Big Band Dancers were informed the dances would continue at The Holiday Balloom.

Those dances continued until the late 80’s when the ballroom was raised for the New – Jefferson Park terminal expansion.

Paul Fortini
Paul Fortini on November 29, 2012 at 2:07 pm

I know the Holiday Ballroom hung on until the mid 1980s. I have a photo of the back of it on my Flickr photostream http://www.flickr.com/photos/52209513@N03/6307805652/in/set-72157628174409751

The CTA “3400 Series” Flxibles spent their last few years on routes serving the Jefferson Park Transit Center. Note the mural proudly advertising shopping in Jefferson Park.

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