Chestnut Station Theaters

830 N. Clark Street,
Chicago, IL 60610

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The Chestnut Station Theaters opened in December 1983 by Cineplex Odeon inside what had previously been a US post office building designed in Art Deco style in the 30s. The six-screen movie house was located on Clark Street at Chestnut Street in the Near North neighborhood.

During the early 90s, the theater gained notoriety when a young woman was shot and killed in front of the theater, and the theater was known throughout the 90s of notorious for gang activity and the quality of films went down. During the mid-to-late 90s, the Chestnut Station was one of a couple Chicago venues which hosted film festivals, including the Chicago Latino Film Festival and the Chicago Gay and Lesbian Film Festival. It was closed in 1999.

The former theater was demolished in 2003 to make way for a planned Jewish community center which never came to fruition, and the property remains a vacant lot today.

Contributed by Bryan Krefft

Recent comments (view all 36 comments)

Broan
Broan on November 7, 2008 at 7:37 pm

I believe it’s a recital hall or something at the top. No idea what they use it for now.

DavidZornig
DavidZornig on November 7, 2008 at 7:46 pm

Wow. I remember those scaffolds going up, and getting scared that it was all doomed. I always thought a higher end thrift store would do well on that Clark Street side. Much like the one that got booted from S/W corner of Erie & Clark, then sat empty ever since.
Thanks for the link.

MPol
MPol on December 15, 2008 at 9:49 pm

What a horrible way for both a human being and a theatre to go down!

DavidZornig
DavidZornig on April 14, 2009 at 10:14 pm

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John P Keating Jr
John P Keating Jr on August 18, 2009 at 9:55 am

The Jewish center was never built, and the land remains vacant.

rivest266
rivest266 on June 25, 2012 at 1:11 pm

This opened on December 12th, 1983. Grand opening ad uploaded.

John P Keating Jr
John P Keating Jr on June 25, 2012 at 6:27 pm

I notice that the vacant lot on the sw corner of Clark and Chestnut has a new agent offering it for sale. It was the site of a post office and later the Chestnut Station Theater.

mo4040
mo4040 on July 16, 2014 at 7:27 pm

From 1987 to 1991, I went to a lot of movies with my girlfriend (once or twice a week, every week…anyone remember $3 Tuesdays?). Chestnut station was an alright place. I stopped going to the movies frequently after 1991 , when we broke-up, so I missed the decline of this Cinema.

John P Keating Jr
John P Keating Jr on July 18, 2014 at 7:29 am

The site is still vacant. It is a valuable piece of land, and new buildings are going up around it.

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