Coral Theatre

4710 W. 95th Street,
Oak Lawn, IL 60453

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The Coral Theatre opened in 1942 for the Lucas Theaters Corporation on 95th Street at Cicero Avenue in Oak Lawn. In 1963, the theater was totally remodeled both inside and out.

The Coral Theatre closed in 1984, and was razed that same year, for the construction of the Coral Plaza shopping center.

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123james
123james on August 13, 2009 at 6:24 am

the coral theater i remember didn’t but up to 95th it sat back from 95th—-it was all white i believe——on the corner of 95th was a frozen custard shop with a huge stone polar on it’s hind legs——i’m embrassed to say the custard place is more fresh than the theater—-we lived on 63rd and went to the lawn,colony,hi-way,and downtown——i left the city——in 1957—-then went in the army——so much has changed——-does any one remember the custard place? p.s.——add bear after polar——polar bear

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on July 8, 2010 at 7:25 pm

Playing B movies in 1983 photo,too nice of a theatre for that.

TLSLOEWS
TLSLOEWS on July 10, 2010 at 2:04 pm

Two for the price of one though.

jdarlinger
jdarlinger on March 30, 2011 at 2:45 pm

I too worked as an usher at the coral in 1963. The manager at that time was Mr.Kay and he was a hard man to work for. I was there for the remodel and was involved in mostly clean up. We came in and worked all night on that detail. I remember the narrow stairs up to the dressing room and our new uniforms. Black tux with cardboard dickie and collars. Red cumberbun with red stripe down the side of the legs. There was a White Castle across the street. Some of the movies we ran were: The longest day, The nutty professor, Bye bye Birdie, Mutny on the Bounty, The Frankie and Annete beach movies, The great escape and many more. Pay was no good but great memories.

TLSLOEWS
TLSLOEWS on March 30, 2011 at 2:57 pm

Always good to hear stories from people who worked the theatres.

Broan
Broan on April 21, 2011 at 3:34 pm

An exceptionally unusual artifact from Mr. Kehe:
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lawlerpaul
lawlerpaul on June 14, 2011 at 3:42 pm

Worked as an Usher for Mr. Kehe, in 1964 he taught me to say Yes Sir. I had a big crush on a girl named Wilma, she worked as a Candy Girl we called here Willy. The popcorn had real butter! When a Hard Days Night came out girls would scream and several passed out. We where so innocent then. After graduating from OLCHS, I was off to Nam.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on September 22, 2012 at 4:59 pm

The Coral Theatre and its sister house the Arlington were the subject of this article in Boxoffice of April 25, 1942. The scan of the magazine is a bit blurry, but two photos of the Coral show the original appearance of the facade and the auditorium. Judging from the 1983 photo linked in Lost Memory’s comment of May 16, 2009, the building was later expanded (as was the Arlington, in 1962.) Originally, both houses had almost identical exteriors.

The Boxoffice article identifies the architect of the Coral Theatre as Frederick Stanton, and says that theater consultant David N. Sandine was the supervisor of the design on both projects. Both houses were decorated by the Hanns Teichert Studio.

When the Coral Theatre was remodeled and expanded in 1963, the architect for the project was Donald Thomas Smith, of the Chicago firm Smith & Neubek. The Coral is listed among Smith’s designs in his entry in the 1970 edition of the AIA’s American Architects Directory.

knadles
knadles on January 23, 2014 at 3:03 pm

I loved the Coral. Saw many films there as a kid and teenager. It didn’t look like much from the outside, but I recall a lobby with a red leather couch and chairs and a fireplace, an attached courtyard/garden where you could walk around while waiting for the movie to start, and huge murals of Polynesian scenes (people building canoes, etc.) painted on the interior side walls of the auditorium. It was a great building, so of course it had to go. The strip mall that replaced it is half empty.

If anyone has interior photos of the Coral, I’d love to see them.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on January 23, 2014 at 3:38 pm

knadles: The second page of the Boxoffice article I linked to in my previous comment has a black and white photo of the Coral’s auditorium (here) though it is small and the scan is rather blurry.

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