Sylvia Theater

2809 N. Sheffield Avenue,
Chicago, IL 60657

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The Sylvia Theater opened on February 17, 1912 located on N. Sheffield Avenue at the corner of W. Diversey Parkway in the Lincoln Park neighborhood. According to the Moving Picture World of that month:

“The Sylvia Theater on Diversey Boulevard and N. Sheffield Avenue was opened February 17 to capacity business. It is an attractive, modern, cozy house built by S. Wertheimer, with a capacity of 300. The indirect lighting system is installed and a soft clear picture is thrown on a concave screen, with Mr. Wertheimer thinks highly of. A high quality service is furnished by I. Van Ronkel of the G.F. Co. Spotlight songs are also used. Mr. Wertheimer is well pleased with his business and looks on the future as very promising. The Sylvia was named after Miss Sylvia Wertheimer, daughter of the owner, and the popular spotlight singer of the house.”

The theater was demolished for the 1929 Diversey-Sheffield Building which currently stands on the site.

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