Victory Theater

824 E. 47th Street,
Chicago, IL 60653

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The Vista Theater was built in 1914 in the Grand Boulevard neighborhood of Chicago, on E. 47th Street near S. Cottage Grove Avenue. The Vista Theater was located next to the Neo-Classical style South Side Bank & Trust Company building. In 1923 it was taken over by the Ascher Brothers circuit. In 1937 it was renamed Pix Theater when it was taken over by the H. Schoenstadt & Sons circuit.

In 1945, at the end of World War II, the theater was renamed the Victory Theater, and continued to operate at least through the 1950’s. A fast food restaurant is now located on the site of the theater.

Contributed by Bryan Krefft

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Broan on July 1, 2006 at 4:13 am

The Victory has been demolished for a long time now. The marquee read simply ‘V’. A Popeye’s now occupies the site.

Broan on October 22, 2007 at 8:53 pm

The Vista was built in 1914. It was a rather intriguing building, as it had alleys to either side of it, a garage behind the building, a dance hall of almost equal size to the theater on the same level, and a billiard hall upstairs.

CharlesR on July 1, 2010 at 11:34 am

This theatre is listed as the Pix in the 1950 phone book.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on April 26, 2014 at 9:25 am

If it was listed as the Pix in 1950 then it had gone back to an earlier name. The January 30, 1942, issue of The Film Daily said: “Chicago’s Victory Theater, formerly the Pix, has reopened after extensive modernization.”

Khnemu on November 18, 2016 at 5:13 am

The Ascher Brothers did not acquire the Vista until 1923, according to this little blurb in the Exhibitors Herald of March 31, 1923 (before then it was independently operated):

“The Ascher Brothers have taken over the Vista theatre, at 47th street.”

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