Lindy Theatre

3437 W. Ogden Avenue,
Chicago, IL 60623

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LINDY Theatre; Chicago, Illinois.

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Opened in 1910 as the Americus Theatre, this small theatre was located on W. Ogden Avenue near Trumbull Avenue in the North Lawndale neighborhood, not far from Douglas Park. In 1929 it was renamed the Lawndale Theatre, then the New Americus Theatre. In 1930 it was renamed Lindy Theatre and this movie house operated until 1950. It has since been torn down.

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GrandMogul on February 1, 2007 at 8:40 am

An ad in the Chicago Tribune, Friday, September 12, 1932, announces that the new Lindy, opens today at 6 pm, 3437 Ogden, with Billie Dove and Clive Brook in “Sweethearts and Wives.” Everything New!

GFeret on February 11, 2010 at 1:03 pm

pardon me, for the time being ths misplaced entry’ll have to do, but,

there was another theatre on Ogden Ave a few blocks east of the Lindy, not yet mentioned on this site or anywhere

and it was called The Ogden, in the 2700 W. block, northside of street and that’s specific as I can be at the moment

(yes I’m aware there was another Ogden Theatre over on 63rd St)

KenC on June 10, 2010 at 8:14 pm

In “IMAGES of AMERICA- CHICAGO’S JEWISH WEST SIDE” by Irving Cutler, there is a great shot of the Lindy’s marquee on page 89.

Jim Huffman
Jim Huffman on October 13, 2015 at 5:07 am

There was another Lindy theater in Chicago. Located at aprox 1720 Madison St. & the photo on this link says aprox 1937, of which I concur with that date.

dsadowski on November 28, 2015 at 12:17 am

I posted another picture of the Lindy (located at 1710 W. Madison) on my blog:

This one was taken in 1928, when the theatre was showing Cecil B. DeMille’s silent epic King of Kings (1927).

Someone else found both Lindys listed in a 1945 directory:

It was the Lindy on Madison that had 383 seats. The Lindy on Ogden is listed as having had 500 seats. So, we now know that the Lindy on Madison existed from at least 1928 to 1945. I don’t know how to create a listing here for a whole other movie theatre.

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