108 E. 35th Street,
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Originally opened in 1912 as the Lux Theatre. It reopened July 4th, 1914 as the Pickford Theatre with the film “Sealed Orders” for the Alfred Hamburger circuit, the 700 seat Pickford Theatre (possibly named for actress Mary Pickford) once had its own sixteen-piece house orchestra. It was located on E. 35th Street at S. Michigan Avenue.
In addition to movies, like many of the movie theatres in the Bronzeville neighborhood of Chicago, the Pickford Theatre featured live performances as well, many of these being jazz artists. In 1938 the theatre was renamed the Louis Theatre, apparently after boxer Joe Louis.
After closing as a movie house in 1965, it was converted into the Southside Center for the Performing Arts in 1967, which was in operation until about 1973. Part of the building later housed a grocery store, but in recent years the former Louis Theatre became disused. It was demolished in early-August 2011.
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