3948 W. 26th Street,
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Previously operated by: Schoenstadt
Architects: Henry L. Newhouse
Previous Names: Atlantic I & II
News About This Theater
- Jul 29, 2008 — Atlantic/Chicago Theatre-Nutcracker and Gobots movie reels
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.
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