Round Up Theater

2858-60 N. Milwaukee Avenue,
Chicago, IL 60618

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Round Up Theater

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The Rose Theatre was one of several theaters in the Logan Square neighborhood, such as the Congress Theatre, the Logan Square Theatre and the Paramount Theatre (still operating today as the Logan Theatre). Most of the theaters, like the Rose Theatre, were located on Milwaukee Avenue.

The Rose Theatre opened in 1914 and could seat over 700. It appears to have closed and reopened more than once during the 1330’s. In 1936, the Rose Theatre reopened as the New Dale Theatre. In 1949, as the Round Up Theatre, its operators, the H & E Balaban chain, adopted a Westerns policy. It closed sometime during the 1950’s, and by the late-1950s, housed a furniture store.

In 2001, a restaurant operated out of the former lobby space, while the auditorium was used for storage. It was demolished in June 2009.

Contributed by Bryan Krefft

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123james
123james on August 18, 2009 at 1:59 pm

another one bites the dust——-ipray this doesn’t happen to the uptown with crew and wrecking ball sneaking in the middle of the night——and when morning comes——A TRUE CLASSIC THEATER IS GONE FOREVER———

GFeret
GFeret on August 26, 2009 at 12:30 pm

ooh – why do you even say such a thing SSB about the UPTOWN (yes I know not the right place for this). You see I drove by it yesterday expecting to see some sign of change or progress since ownership and policy question resolved a few months back. And you know what I saw? A lotta nothin'.

Broan
Broan on January 19, 2010 at 9:47 am

I’m sorry to report that I did take a number of photos inside the Dale a couple years ago, but lost them to a hard drive crash. It was in pretty poor shape but the upper lobby was fairly intact, sealed off since the 30s, the proscenium was there, and parts of the walls and ceilings in the auditorium. The worst section was the hall to the auditorium, which was down to bare brick.

kenny1950
kenny1950 on February 20, 2012 at 11:13 pm

Click on the photo tab. I have loaded a picture of the Round Up Theater.

DocHolliday
DocHolliday on June 1, 2012 at 7:44 am

In 1950 when I went to the Roundup as a kid we would go there in cowboy attire and check our capguns at the desk where they would all be hung on a pegboard with a claim check. Then we could see the movies but not be able to shoot our guns during them. Very cute. Everything else was cowboy also. A veritable boy’s fantasyland. Addio, Colonello and Addio, Roundup.

Rob
Rob on June 9, 2013 at 8:39 am

Does anyone know where I can find the original photo posted here for this theatre? I’d like to get a higher-resolution scan for a neighborhood history book I’m co-authoring.

Broan
Broan on June 9, 2013 at 8:59 am

Theatre Historical Society in Elmhurst, if anywhere

Rob
Rob on June 9, 2013 at 10:00 am

Thanks for the tip, Broan! So far, I found this 1936 photo of the New Dale on the Theatre Historical Society’s site: http://historictheatres.pastperfect-online.com/34792cgi/mweb.exe?request=image&hex=S%209868.JPG

The Chicago History Museum also has a 1917 photo of the Rose.

Unfortunately, due to restrictions on photo permissions, these photos can’t all live in the same place!

Broan
Broan on June 9, 2013 at 10:06 am

You could see if Abt has a better copy.

Rob
Rob on June 9, 2013 at 10:22 am

Abt was super helpful, but interestingly the photo they had was a heavily photoshopped variant of the one above, covering up both Round-Up signs. Must’ve been used as part of a promotional piece… If only I could track down Kenny1950, he must know.

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