Atlantic Theatre

3948 W. 26th Street,
Chicago, IL 60623

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Broan on October 4, 2015 at 11:15 am

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.

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?

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???

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

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

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.

artover on July 27, 2005 at 2:25 pm

The Atlantic Theater was like my ‘second home’ on weekends from the mid 1930’s to 1941 when I moved away. I was born 76 years ago. Along 26th Street in the ‘South Lawndale’ community ( now called ‘Little Village’ we had approximately 6 movie theaters that I can recall, The Atlantic, California, Homan, Home ( the other names I can’t recall – maybe someone out there can help me, but the Atlantic was THE BEST of them all, seeing ‘Robin Hood’ – ‘Tarzan’ – The Wizard of Oz' – Astaire, Garbo, Bogart after entering that great red carpeted lobby and the great staircase to the 2nd balcony. We were treated always to a double feature,cartoons,newsreels, so many serials like ‘Buck Rogers’ and ‘Flash Gordon’ – all for a 10 cents admission. Saturday and Sunday afternoons spent with our friends at the Atlantic ( if they could come up with a dime – there was a depression then )was the best treat of the week, all gone now but the wonderful memories remain of what once was , never to return.

posted by Stan Skopek on July 27, 2005 at 7:19pm

elkayo on December 14, 2004 at 6:02 pm

I remember the Atlantic theatre from the 1950’s when I used to go to the double features there at the Saturday matinees. I saw Psycho, the Tingler, The Blob, and many other films there. What I;ve read about it is a shame. It’s almost like the loss of a person.

gbalkany on May 30, 2004 at 9:12 pm

Dear williamberinstein,

We are interested in your grandfather’s work (theaters and other buildings), and would like to help advocate for their preservation. If you see this post, please contact me through my profile here, so that we may discuss this further. I’m very interested to see the materials you have collected.

Many thanks.

+Grahm Balkany
Director of Communications
Preservation Chicago

brianlewis on May 21, 2004 at 10:35 am

i would like some of the info on Frolic, Columbus, and woodlawn
theatres plaese email me

williamberinstein on May 6, 2002 at 3:40 pm

I am the grandson of Henry L. New-house, the architect of the Atlantic. Information: American Contractor, June 16, 1917 Permits: Theatre, Loft, Office & Store Building. $250,000. One and Two Story. 3934-3958 West 26th Street. Architect Henry L. Newhouse, 4630 Prairie Avenue. Owner Edward Browarsky, 111 West Washington Street. Brick. Mason Ralph Sollitt. Carpenter Thorgenson & Erickson. No photo of Atlantic, but I have architect’s sketches of Crystal Theater, 2701 West North Street, Oakland Square Theatre and Ascher Building, Drexel and Oakwood Blvds., Frolic Theatre, 55th Street and Ellis Avenue, Columbus Theatre, Ashland Avenue and 63rd Street, Woodlawn Theatre, 63rd and maryland Avenue.

Information on the Howard Theatre. American Contractor; Feb 17, 1917 Permits; Theatre, Store & Flat Building. $250,000. Two Story, 252x204. 1615-1637 Howard Street. Architect Henry L. New-house, 4630 Prairie Avenue. Owner Charles W. Ferguson, 1725 Conway Building. Bric. Mason and Carpenter not let.

Also have information on other theaters designed by my Grandfather. Let me know if you are interested in any material I may have and I can make copies.

ninomesarina on November 26, 2001 at 3:58 pm

The Atlantic theater was ENTIRELY gutted out by STUPID, GREEDY, developers and the marquee was RIPPED off of the front of the building! Nothing remains of the original interior! A MAJOR part of the new Atlantic Shopping mall as it is now known as, REMAINS EMPTY!! What a smart move by heartless greedy developers, to KILL a beautiful and rare jewel.