Atlas Theater

4715 S. State Street,
Chicago, IL 60609

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The Atlas Theater opened in 1914 on State Street at 47th Street, in the Taylor Park neighborhood (not far from today’s I-90/94). This nearly 700-seat theater operated into the 1940’s before closing. Afterward, it was converted over to retail use, and last housed a nightclub, which closed several years ago.

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kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on March 25, 2006 at 6:23 pm

The theater was opened at a cost of $50,000, according to some old newspaper advertisements.

Broan
Broan on July 1, 2006 at 6:15 am

It certainly doesn’t look like it ever cost that much. If it’s the building I think it is, it’s 1-story, with a faux stone and brick facade, with a small terra cotta fragment on the side.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on September 10, 2007 at 11:50 am

A Kimball theater organ was installed in the Atlas Theater in 1914.

Broan
Broan on October 7, 2007 at 11:04 pm

The auditorium seems to have been removed at some point. The lobby and floor seem to remain. It also sort of looks like this started as a smaller theater that was later expanded.

Broan
Broan on October 7, 2007 at 11:09 pm

Also, seating may have been closer to 625.
Recent photos of this theatre are HERE

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