Atlantic Theatre

3948 W. 26th Street,
Chicago, IL 60623

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ATLANTIC Theatre; Chicago, Illinois.

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Opened in 1917 for the Schoenstadt circuit, this theatre, originally seating over 2,000, once contained a 3/11 Kilgen organ.

Designed by Henry L. Newhouse, the former Atlantic Theatre was located in what was once known as the South Lawndale neighborhood (today’s Little Village or La Villita) on W. 26th Street at Harding Avenue.

The Atlantic Theatre continued to operate as a movie theater into the 1980’s, last featuring Spanish-language films (by the mid-1970’s, it had been twinned operating as the Atlantic I & II). In 1996, long after it was closed, the interior of the theatre building was gutted and converted into shopping mall. The Atlantic Theatre’s facade, however, still remains more or less intact.

Contributed by Bryan Krefft, Eric Muniz, Ray Martinez

Recent comments (view all 17 comments)

Broan on June 17, 2006 at 8:51 am

Here is a profile from the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency’s HAARGIS system. It includes a small photo.

ctheatrics on March 11, 2009 at 6:11 pm

I am looking for photos, drawings, ground plans, remembrances etc. of the Henry L. Newhouse Forest Theatre 7526 Madison street, Forest Park, Illinois. I am located in NYC. Thank you.
Craig Jacobs

ctheatrics on September 22, 2009 at 1:59 pm

If anyone has contact info for William Berinstein, please let me know. Still trying to get info on The Forest Theatre designed by Henry L. Newhouse. Thank you.
Craig Jacobs

onez on January 23, 2010 at 6:48 pm

I remember seeing Frank V Martinek, cartoonist of Don Winslow, at the Atlantic. What was the name of the theater just east of Pulaski Road (aka Crawford Ave) on either Cermak Road (22nd) or Ogden Ave???

jwballer on March 30, 2010 at 1:46 pm

A 3/11 Kilgen was installed in the theatre in 1917.

Life's Too Short
Life's Too Short on April 28, 2010 at 1:05 pm

It says here that the Atlantic was gutted. No offense to anyone, but I have observed that gutted gets applied to a broad range of situations. Did they just put in a bunch of false ceilings here or was the place really stripped down to four walls?

Broan on October 15, 2011 at 4:55 pm

Inside, at least on the first floor, it looks like any other professional building, except with a sloped floor. I didn’t go upstairs, it’s possible that the ceiling may survive above dropped ceilings, but it appears like a pretty total gut.

Broan on October 4, 2015 at 11:15 am

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