Davis Theater

4614 N. Lincoln Avenue,
Chicago, IL 60625

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Davis Theater, 09/17/11.

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Opened November 6, 1918 for the Lubliner & Trinz circuit as the Pershing Theater in the Lincoln Square neighborhood, then a predominantly German-American area of Chicago.

It originally showed first-run films, but by the 1930’s was also screening German-language films, which it continued to do into the early-1960’s, when it became a second-run house. It once sat up to 1,500 patrons in its main auditorium, but in the 1980’s, the Davis Theater was divided into four screens.

After many years of neglect, the Davis Theater was recently refurbished and its stained-glass windows, antique movie posters in the lobby, and old-fashioned vending equipment were retained.

One of its four auditoriums was given over to art and foreign films, and this small auditorium is now called the Davis Art. When threatened a couple years ago with demolition for replacement by a condominium, residents of the neighborhood surrounding the beloved Davis Theater were outraged and protested against the plans vigorously, and the theater was saved. It was closed for refurbishment in January 2016.

Contributed by Bryan Krefft, Ray Martinez

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DavidZornig
DavidZornig on June 23, 2015 at 12:33 pm

FYI. Makeover coming. Copy & paste to view.

http://www.dnainfo.com/chicago/20150623/lincoln-square/davis-set-for-4m-upgrade-adding-restaurant-mod-vintage-touches

Broan
Broan on September 21, 2015 at 4:49 pm

Opened November 6, 1918. Report from Exhibitor’s Herald in Photos section.

DavidZornig
DavidZornig on November 9, 2015 at 11:13 am

Original interior details in photos in below link.

http://www.dnainfo.com/chicago/20151109/lincoln-square/davis-renovation-starts-get-peek-at-grandeur-hidden-for-decades

DavidZornig
DavidZornig on January 8, 2016 at 4:58 am

Closing for upcoming remodeling, reopening later in the year.

http://www.dnainfo.com/chicago/20160107/lincoln-square/catch-one-last-show-at-davis-closing-this-weekend-reopening-summer?utm_source=Lincoln+Square+%26+Ravenswood&utm_campaign=6d744e4fc6-Mailchimp-CHI&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_c4b440c1ea-6d744e4fc6-175160953

Broan
Broan on January 8, 2016 at 3:46 pm

http://www.kennedy-mann.com/davis-theater/

DavidZornig
DavidZornig on January 16, 2016 at 8:19 am

Neat update.

http://www.dnainfo.com/chicago/20160115/lincoln-square/davis-theater-restaurant-has-name-what-is-it-what-does-it-mean

DavidZornig
DavidZornig on September 7, 2016 at 3:12 pm

Link with photos of the progress of the renovations.

https://www.dnainfo.com/chicago/20160907/lincoln-square/davis-theater-taking-shape-see-progress-meet-carbon-arcs-chef

rivest266
rivest266 on November 12, 2016 at 6:55 am

November 6th, 1918 grand opening ad in the photo section.

rivest266
rivest266 on November 12, 2016 at 7:16 am

August 29th, 1930 grand opening ad for the Byrd, Davis and the Lamar in Oak Park theatres in the photo section.

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