Davis Theater

4614 N. Lincoln Avenue,
Chicago, IL 60625

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DavidZornig on November 25, 2018 at 9:34 pm

November 20, 2018 article with older photos. I’ll post the photos with credit as well, in case the link goes dead.


DavidZornig on March 18, 2018 at 2:20 am

Below is a link to the Facebook page for Right Way Signs of Chicago. There are 11 photos of new interior signage they created for the theater aisle designations and the Carbon Arc Bar & Board.


Life's Too Short
Life's Too Short on September 9, 2017 at 10:13 pm

I didn’t realize they had opened up the front of the auditorium until viewing RickB’s article. It looks like they did a fantastic job.

My only nitpick is the smaller auditoriums in back. I never liked the look of a split vintage auditorium when they were all twinned back in the day, and I still don’t today. If it were my project I think I would have fitted out the back cinemas with drop ceilings and modern wall coverings.

But that shouldn’t be taken as negative commentary. It looks like they did an amazing renovation.

Broan on January 31, 2017 at 3:13 pm

Currently seats 570 – one 300-seat, two 135-seats.

Tim O'Neill
Tim O'Neill on January 31, 2017 at 3:01 pm

This theatre now has THREE auditoriums.

JudithK on December 15, 2016 at 11:25 am

Link to a recent article about the Davis Theatre: https://www.dnainfo.com/chicago/20150623/lincoln-square/davis-set-for-4m-upgrade-adding-restaurant-mod-vintage-touches

RickB on December 15, 2016 at 1:06 am

Reopening tomorrow (12/15) with Rogue One. Long story with plenty of pictures here.

rivest266 on November 12, 2016 at 3:16 pm

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

rivest266 on November 12, 2016 at 2:55 pm

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

DavidZornig on September 7, 2016 at 11:12 pm

Link with photos of the progress of the renovations.


DavidZornig on January 16, 2016 at 4:19 pm

Neat update.


Broan on January 8, 2016 at 11:46 pm


DavidZornig on January 8, 2016 at 12:58 pm

Closing for upcoming remodeling, reopening later in the year.


DavidZornig on November 9, 2015 at 7:13 pm

Original interior details in photos in below link.


Broan on September 22, 2015 at 12:49 am

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

DavidZornig on June 23, 2015 at 8:33 pm

FYI. Makeover coming. Copy & paste to view.


HughJazz on April 30, 2011 at 1:54 pm

I lived near the Davis Theatre for 25 years ( actually, I lived in the same building where the old Bertha Theatre was located, just north of the Davis on Lincoln.) I don’t remember ever seeing a movie there, but I did take piano lessons at the Herrstrom School of Music and Dance, located in the same building on the second floor. Mrs Herrstrom was a very nice lady and a good teacher. Because my family did not own a piano, I had to practice my lessons on one of three “practice pianos” at the school. Of course I didn’t practice as much as Mrs Herrstrom wanted me to, but still I spent many hours in the Davis Building during the 1960’s.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on January 29, 2011 at 12:49 am

Noticing the Gum on the floor reminds me when we would scrape Gum from the outside entrance into National Hills Theatre.Of Course, that was in 1974 when Theatres gave a dang.

JudithK on May 22, 2010 at 12:34 am

The Davis Theatre wasn’t exactly in my neighborhood (I’m from the suburbs) but when a Fred Astaire retrospective was booked there I made the pilgrimage in the early 1980s. I was there one time more, both times before the theatre was split up. It was nice, had good sight lines and sound, and was very large-sized. Nice lobby.

vicboda on October 5, 2009 at 6:29 pm

I worked for the company that distributed Caligula and we couldn’t get anyone in Chicago to play it. Then a guy named Nick DeLuca came through with the Davis. Nick was a pleasure and we had a good run there.

DavidZornig on April 14, 2009 at 9:06 pm

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DavidZornig on September 7, 2008 at 5:13 am

I was only in the Davis a few times in the late `80’s. “Look Who’s Talking” is all I remember though. Maybe “976-Evil” too. I love that they’ve maintained their huge vertical signage.
I wish them continued success.

charles1954 on August 26, 2008 at 7:40 am

I went to the Davis theatre with my parents throughout the 1960’s when it showed German language movies. We lived near Irving Park Road & Sheridan and Sunday evenings would dress up, take the bus to the cinema, buy Germany magazines (and comics) at the store nearby and meet the German community out for entertainment. The films back then were mostly musicals. As the German movie industry declined in the 60’s, the Davis theatre initiated live music and entertainment shows. Bringing German pop stars to Chicago. These shows were always hosted by Armin Homann, who still has a regular German language radio show in Chicago. What I did not realize was, that the theatre actually has a history of showing German films going back to its earliest days! Glad the place is still up and running. I visited the neighbourhood last year and was surprised to see the Old Town School of Music using my old library as their new home!