Revue Theatre

3956 N. Elston Avenue,
Chicago, IL 60618

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MABEL (REVUE) Theatre; Chicago, Illinois.

This Irving Park neighborhood theatre opened by October 1909 as the Mabel Theatre, located on N. Elston Avenue near N. Central Park Avenue. Originally a playhouse, it began screening movies in 1912.

In the 1930’s it was renamed the Revue Theatre, and continued operating until 1949. The building is currently used as a plumbing fixture store.

Contributed by Bryan Krefft

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Broan on January 24, 2007 at 6:27 am

I was mistaken; the central was in fact located at 3937 N Central Park, just a few doors away.

Broan on January 24, 2007 at 6:27 am

Also, two Sanborn maps show the capacity as 496.

Broan on January 24, 2007 at 6:34 am

And the present use is a plumbing fixture store called “Showerworks”

stormdog on September 7, 2010 at 6:35 pm

Hi BWChicago;

The other listing on this site for a Central Theatre in Chicago is fairly far away. Did the Central that was near the Revue have another name?


Khnemu on November 30, 2016 at 5:05 am

Articles in the Chicago Tribune show the theater being in operation as early as October 1909, originally it appears to have been a playhouse but by 1912, is showing movies. In 1912, the seating capacity was 700. The theater is still listed as the Mabel as late as August 1931, but by 1934 the Tribune’s movie listings show it as the Revue. Listings in the Tribune end for the Revue in 1949.

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