Grayland Theatre

3940 N. Cicero Avenue,
Chicago, IL 60641

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Grayland Theatre, Chicago, IL

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This small, early theater opened in 1912 on N. Cicero Avenue near W. Dakin Street, in the Six Corners commercial district of the Portage Park neighborhood. The Grayland Theatre was closed in February 1929. Today, the building houses a retail business.

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Broan
Broan on September 30, 2007 at 11:13 pm

Recent photos of this theatre are HERE

Broan
Broan on October 7, 2007 at 1:44 pm

Architect was apparently a “W. Ohlaber”

Broan
Broan on October 7, 2007 at 1:51 pm

Ok, it’s William Ohlaber. Sorry for the confusion.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on March 26, 2009 at 12:21 am

Here is a direct link to the page mentioned on 11/26/04:
http://tinyurl.com/d73w5q

GFeret
GFeret on December 30, 2013 at 3:14 pm

most peculiarly even though not used as a theatre per se for what—85 years? the building owners recently restored the Grayland Theatre insignia, which sits very prominently directly over the retail establishment name, longtime 6-corners big&tall menswear store Rasenick’s. this can be seen in certain photos, but really stands out when you drive by in person. i’d like to see others still extant to follow suit. fluevog/wicker park theatre would be an excellent candidate

Khnemu
Khnemu on December 20, 2016 at 11:06 pm

A sad story centered around the Grayland from the November 27, 1926 Moving Picture World:

Two Killed, Seven Injured, When Exhibitor Resents Theatre Deal

Two men were killed and seven wounded in Chicago because the purchase of a neighborhood motion picture theatre did not prove a profitable investment. Albert Schmidt, who bought the Grayland Theatre at 3940 North Cicero avenue from Samuel Wertheimer, became dissatisfied because business did not pan out as expected. He sent for Wertheimer on the pretext that the ventilating system was out of order, and while Wertheimer was inspecting it in the basement of the theatre, Schmidt, police say, fired two shots at him and wounded him. The noise of the shooting caused a panic among the 200 patrons of the theatre. Schmidt then turned the gun on himself and committed suicide. A police car responding to an alarm turned in at the theatre collided with another automobile. Walter Riley, a policeman, was killed, and six people were injured in that accident.

Khnemu
Khnemu on December 21, 2016 at 7:20 am

From the Exhibitors Herald World, February 23, 1929:

The Grayland theatre, located at Cicero and Irving Park, has closed. The space will be used as an Atlantic and Pacific store.

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