Bishop Theatre

1814 W. Ogden Avenue,
Chicago, IL 60612

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This nearly-300 seat movie opened in 1914 in the Near West Side neighborhood on W. Ogden Avenue near W. Van Buren Street. It was located across from the present-day location of Malcom X College. The Bishop Theatre only survived the sound era of movies by a few years, closing by the mid-1930’s. It was torn down long ago and a parking lot is located at the site.

Contributed by Bryan Krefft

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LouRugani on November 2, 2016 at 9:39 pm

Built in 1914 for owner Chauncey Bishop and designed by Perry and Thomas, architects.

Khnemu on September 16, 2017 at 5:50 pm

The Bishop was open prior to 1914 as it is listed in an ad for Mutual Film in the Chicago Tribune dated December 7, 1913 showing theaters screening Mutual pictures.

The theater may have closed before the mid-1930s, per this blurb from Motion Picture News dated October 12, 1929:

“The Bishop, 1840 Ogden Avenue, has closed for an indefinite period.”

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