Ideal Theatre

1622 N. Larrabee Street,
Chicago, IL 60614

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This nearly 700-seat Lincoln Park neighborhood theater opened in 1914, and was located on Larrabee Street near North Avenue. It closed sometime during the 50s, and today the site is part of the Larrabee Commons residential development.

Contributed by Bryan Krefft

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KenC
KenC on March 30, 2006 at 11:28 pm

The Ideal theatre was in operation at least through mid 1957. From the Chicago Sun Times movie listing, Friday July 12, 1957: IDEAL 1622 N. Larrabee “BEGINNING OF THE END” “UNEARTHLY”.

fepilkington
fepilkington on September 19, 2013 at 11:31 am

Went to the Ideal every Saturday as a child as did all of the kids in the neighborhood. They often had “Cartoon Extravaganzas” when they showed 50 cartoons in a row. As I recall there were way too many Heckll & Jeckll and we were all booing when another one came on. 15 cent popcorn and 7 cent boxes of candy. 25 cents admission if you were under 12. Made the rats running across your feet well worth it.

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