Vet Theatre

653 N. Cicero Avenue,
Chicago, IL 60644

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Built for the Simansky and Miller circuit around 1916, the Lucille Theatre was located on Cicero Avenue between Erie and Huron Streets in the West Garfield Park neighborhood. It later was operated by the Lynch chain. In 1935 it was re-named the Ohio Theatre.

In 1947 the theater had been renamed the Vet Theatre, and continued to operate until 1955. After closing, the former theater building was used for a variety of different businesses and then sat vacant for a number of years before being demolished in July 2007.

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ThomasAlcorn on June 9, 2005 at 9:37 pm

I appreciate you responding to the request for additional info.

Broan on October 11, 2007 at 3:21 am

Was this demolished, or partly? Or perhaps a collapse? It almost looks like it in THIS aerial. Anyone want to check it out?

Broan on October 15, 2007 at 12:44 am

It looks like a demo permit was pulled in July so it probably WAS demolished. I will check to make sure when I get a chance.

Broan on October 15, 2007 at 12:52 am

Seating should be like 550 too.

kencmcintyre on December 26, 2008 at 2:54 pm

From the Garfieldian, December 1948:

New Phoneâ€"EStebrook 8-8755
December 8 – 9
Bing Crosby
Barry Fitzgerald
Joan Caulfield
Plus â€"
Philip Reed
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kencmcintyre on December 26, 2008 at 2:55 pm

Incidentally the theater can still be seen on Google, but many of those photos were taken in 2007.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on December 26, 2008 at 3:14 pm

And that is one reason that I don’t like Google photos. Many of them are not current photos.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on December 26, 2008 at 3:49 pm

Yup. Especially when they are used to give a current function or status for a former theater building. Almost doesn’t count.

LouisRugani on June 18, 2010 at 10:27 am

As the Lucille Theatre, it apparently closed in December, 1952.

LouRugani on September 7, 2012 at 8:08 pm

TOOTER TOOTS WINS HIS CASE – CHICAGO, Feb. 3. 1932 – Lawyers clustered around Judge Edward Casey, hands cupped to ear, as a sedate man blew measured blasts on a tin whistle. “Listen judge,” Leslie Parry, blower, would say. And then a shrill wheee-e-eee would come from his whistle. Parry, acoustic engineer, was making his experiment to convince the judge that sound equipment installed by the Johns-Manville corporation in the Lucille theater, 653 North Cicero avenue, is effective. The equipment had been reproduced in court. After the acoustic properties of the courtroom had been demonstrated as an example of sound properties in the theater, Judge Casey entered judgement of $575 against the theater for installation of the equipment.

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