Chestnut Station Theaters
830 N. Clark Street,
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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.
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