Pastime Theater

5046 S. Ashland Avenue,
Chicago, IL 60609

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Originally opened in 1904 as the Nickel Theater. It was located in the Back of the Yards neighborhood on S. Ashland Avenue at W. 51st Street. By 1910 it had been renamed 51st Street Theater. In 1914 the theater was acquired by the Schoenstadt circuit, which also operated the nearby Palace Theater and Ashland Theater. It was also given another name change at this time, as the Pastime Theater. The theater along with the Palace Theater were both listed ‘For Sale’ in March of 1916, so it was most likely closed by then, as advertisements for the Pastime Theater disappear from the Chicago Tribune listings after 1914.

The former theater building house a furniture store in the 1950’s and into the 1960’s, and an Arab-American club from the late-1960’s into the early-1970’s. There is a vacant lot on the site today.

Contributed by Khnemu

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Khnemu
Khnemu on February 22, 2018 at 1:31 pm

This theater was acquired by the Schoenstadt circuit in 1914 and apparently renamed the Pastime at that time, according to an article dated February 23, 1918 in The Moving Picture World. The Chicago Tribune film listings show the theater as the 51st Street in January of 1914, but by July of that year, it is listed as the Pastime. In the March 24, 1916 classified ads in the Tribune, there is an ad for both the Pastime and the Palace Theaters:

“THEATERS FOR SALE – 5046 S. Ashland-av. and 4845 S. Ashland-av.; good old standards, everybody knows it but I have too many to take care of them. Apply to H. Schoenstadt, Drexel 4746.”

From at least the mid-50s into the early-60s, the building housed a furniture store.

RickB
RickB on February 22, 2018 at 4:47 pm

Tribune stories in 1969 and 1975 place an Arab social club at this address.

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