Hoyburn Theatre

615 Davis Street,
Evanston, IL 60201

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8/16/21, looking East on Davis St. Photo copyright and courtesy of J.J. Sedelmaier

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The Hoyburn Theatre, one of Evanston’s earlier movie houses, opened December 15, 1914, across from Fountain Square on Davis Street between Chicago Avenue and Orrington Avenue. It sat around 800. The Hoyburn Theatre was closed in 1927 and was converted into a music store. In 1943, the buildings' owners Balaban & Katz donated it to the American Red Cross for its headquarters. I was demolished in 1966 to build a drive-in facility for the State National Bank.

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Englewood
Englewood on July 11, 2007 at 2:51 am

This from the Chicago Tribune of November 2, 1943:

“Movie Building Given Evanston Red Cross Unit”

“The four story Hoyburn building at 615-17 Davis street, Evanston, has been given to the Evanston branch of the Chicago chapter of American Red Cross by Balaban and Katz corporation, William Hollander, vice president of the theater company, said yesterday.

The building, which formerly housed the 850-seat Hoyburn Theater and is valued at $30,000, will make it possible for the Red Cross, thru addiditional facilities, to extend its activities along the north shore. Harry L. Wells, chairman of the Evanston Red Cross branch, said that various home services will be operated in the area between the northern city limits of Chicago and the south limits of Waukegan.

Wells said the Red Cross will use the entire building as rapidly as it can be occupied."


DavidZornig
DavidZornig on December 1, 2008 at 2:51 am

The Hoyburn Theatre’s address puts it where Evanston’s first high rise is, the old State National Bank building.The tall black metal building at David & Orrington.
Not sure what the building is called now.

There was an old time Peacock’s Ice Cream restaurant across from that on Davis St. until the early `80’s. Next to the famous Chandler’s Book Store. Which was cut up rather oddly over 10 years ago. The Valencia was across the street from the South end of the Chandler’s building.

lovethepast
lovethepast on October 3, 2012 at 9:32 pm

I have a photogragh of 48 young ladies taken by Eugene Ray (photographer) in the Hoyburn Building Evanston, Illinois sometime in the 1920s. It shows he had a studio in the building. The ladies could be teachers or secretaries. Is there a photo of the original Hoyburn Building? It’s always a shame to lose part of our past. Especially the old theaters.

Broan
Broan on January 7, 2013 at 5:43 pm

David Zornig found this photo showing the Hoyburn in the distance

DavidZornig
DavidZornig on August 18, 2013 at 4:14 pm

To CT Administrators, please add “Photo copyright J.J. Sedelmaier” to your main description of the Hoyburn Theatre. Since it is the only photo in the Photos Section of the Hoyburn, it is appearing in the overview by default. But the photo credit does not appear unless it is clicked on twice. Which won’t happen since it’s in the overview. Thanks.

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