Park Theatre

1619 Sheridan Road,
North Chicago, IL 60064

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PARK Theatre; North Chicago, Illinois.

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Opened in 1948, the Park Theatre used to show a lot of first run movies—I especially remember the horror movies. I saw “The Blob” there. I think it closed in the 1970’s. It was located on the east side of Sheridan Road around 18th Street.

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LouRugani on December 3, 2005 at 4:48 am

It was the Sheridan Theatre in the 1940s and perhaps earlier. Many of its patrons were Navy personnel from the nearby Great Lakes Naval Training Station. The attractive formed-concrete facade was Cubist Art Deco, a personal favorite style of mine. By the early 1970s it was running adult films, and it closed permanently about 1975. Thereafter the newspapers reported there was a political dispute between local leaders and a local minister who wanted it as a worship facility, and the long-closed building was quietly demolished about 1990. The land is still vacant at this writing.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on November 29, 2009 at 12:19 am

The Park Theatre was expected to open in about thirty days when Boxoffice Magazine’s issue of April 24, 1948, published a rendering of the proposed house drawn by its architect, Erwin G. Frederick. Owners K&S Theatres already operated the Sheridan Theatre nearby. The new Park Theatre, designed in the moderne style, was to seat 750. The principals of K&S Theatres were Joseph R. Klein and Sidney Schatz.

The seating capacity of the Park was given as only 700 in a later announcement of its opening, in Boxoffice of August 14, 1948. This item said that the new house was a replacement for the K&S circuit’s Sheridan Theatre. The Sheridan is not yet listed at Cinema Treasures.

Boxoffice gave the location of the Park Theatre as Sheridan Road at Foss Park Avenue. Google Maps says that’s the 1600 block of Sheridan, in both directions from the intersection. A business called General Insurance can be identified in Street View, and is located at 1632 Sheridan. The intersection was “T”-shaped, and judging from the 1982 photo the theater probably occupied the northeast corner, now a vacant lot which would have an address of approximately 1635 Sheridan. It’s almost directly across the street from the General Insurance office.

LouisRugani on January 18, 2010 at 9:46 pm

ERWIN G. FREDRICK (correct spelling): Born March 14, 1897 – died May 11, 1989 in Cook County, Illinois.

Broan on October 26, 2011 at 10:11 am

DavidZornig on May 30, 2015 at 8:54 am

The Park Theatre was not the Sheridan Theatre. I have a 1938 photo of the Sheridan Theatre. Joe Vogel’s 2009 post indicates it was the same owners as the Sheridan. As soon as I can track down an address for the Sheridan, I will create a page for it and add the photo. Anyone know the Sheridan’s address?

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