Banner Theater

1611 N. Damen Avenue,
Chicago, IL 60647

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kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on December 12, 2008 at 2:53 am

Here is an item in Boxoffice magazine, April 1950:

Nathan Slepyan, manager of the Banner Theater in Chicago, has joined the Schoenstadt circuit booking department.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on September 10, 2007 at 9:48 pm

A Kimball theater organ was installed in the Banner Theater in 1928.

Daniel
Daniel on November 2, 2005 at 3:59 pm

Banner Theater was located at one of the busiest triple intersections on Chicago’s Near Northwest Side, in the heart of the historic Wicker Park community. The theater was just around the corner from the confluence of Damen, Milwaukee and North Avenues, in a deep and very narrow building, rather gloomy-looking, outside and in. Two doors to the north was a Chicago fire department station, a hook & ladder company, home to a long, articulated rig, the kind with an elevated rear seat and steering wheel for a tillerman, seated high above, negotiating street corners. Often after exiting the Banner, my kid friends and I would stop at the fire house for a treat of a drink of water from a garden hose attached to a hydrant on the sidewalk out in front. The H & L house was a busy station, and when an alarm came in, or a rig returned from a “run,” the long truck was forced to manuever back and forth for some time, in order to negotiate the sharp turn on narrow Damen Avenue. Firefighters stood in front of the Banner with flares, blocking foot traffic and cars, until the rig was safely in or out of the station’s bay. Around the corner, to the east on North Avenue, was about the only Chinese restaurant in the predominently Polish-American community. As a family, we often took in a week-end movie at Banner, then scooted around the corner for a treat of Chinese cuisine, a great and exotic venture, and quite a change from kapusta and kielbasa and pierogi. (Gotcha?) Both the Banner and the firehouse have been replaced with a long parking lot— Joannie Mitchell, anyone?