6250 S. Cottage Grove Avenue,
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Located in the Woodlawn neighborhood on the South Side on Cottage Grove Avenue between 62nd and 63rd Streets, this theater originally opened as a vaudeville house in 1909. The Hippodrome was known as the Midway Hippodrome (due to its proximity to the Midway Plaisance Park) to differentiate it from a couple of other theaters called the Hippodrome in Chicago (such as Marlowe’s Hippodrome and the Lincoln Hippodrome).
It turned to movies in the 1920’s and by the early-1930’s, dropped the “Hippodrome” portion of its name. It continued to operate as a movie house at least into the 1950’s.
The Midway Theatre was also situated about halfway between two of Woodlawn’s premier entertainment palaces, which both were built a bit later, in the early-1920’s; the Tivoli Theatre and the Trianon Ballroom (the South Side “sister” to the North Side Aragon Ballroom). The Midway Theatre has long since been demolished, and today there are apartment buildings on the site.
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