Balmoral Theatre

5400 N. Sheridan Road,
Chicago, IL 60640

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davidplomin on February 3, 2015 at 9:27 pm

It’s odd that someone would build a brand new movie theater in a neighborhood that still had plenty opened! And to last barely four years. That ugly four plus one building that replaced it is no improvement! One day, I’m sure town hoses will replace that.

davidplomin on December 9, 2012 at 7:12 pm

I wonder if this is where I saw It’s A Mad Mad Mad World? I was in 3rd grade, so my faint memory was a small modern theater with a simple interior in that part of town. Also the first and last time I saw a newsreel before the feature.

Broan on April 24, 2006 at 6:49 am

“The Balmoral, Chicago’s newest motion picture theater, located at Sheridan road and Balmoral avenue opposite the Edgewater Beach hotel, opened last week with a policy of presenting single feature domestic and foreign films. The theater, which seats 500, was constructed at a cost of $250,000. The Balmoral will present afternoon and evening performances and will provide free coffee for patrons. There is ample parking nearby. The feature attraction this week-end is "If a Man Answers,” starring Sandra Dee and Bobby Darin.“ – Chicago Tribune, Jan 6, 1963

It opened December 28, 1962 with “The Pigeon That Took Rome”, and was described as “small but attractive, with aisles on both sides of the house, an arrangement which provides good vision from any vantage point. The arrangement is practical because the seats are of the push-back variety with ample room between rows. In April 1964, they shifted to exclusively foreign pictures. It closed in February 1966 with the Edgewater Beach Hotel following suit the next year, and a 4+1 apartment building soon rose on the theater’s site.

Incidentally, the Edgewater Historical Society’s site says an earlier Balmoral theater was on the site until 1911, but I can’t find evidence of this elsewhere.

cmgiulini on May 21, 2005 at 8:44 pm

I remember as a kid seeing Lawrence of Arabia for the first time in this theater. What was striking about it was that it had a very modernist decor, and how small it was compared to the other theaters of the time (today, of course, it would be considered a large auditorium) The auditorium was long and narrow.