Lakeside Theatre

4730 N. Sheridan Road,
Chicago, IL 60640

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Jon Lidolt
Jon Lidolt on August 16, 2013 at 1:10 pm

Dave, yes I do remember you. Bye the way, I’m still in touch with Don Beelik who was a theatre manager at Famous. If I’m not mistaken, you knew Don. I still have fond memories of working at the Lakeside and it helped prepare me for running the Roxy theatre in Toronto a few years later. And as much as I enjoyed working at the Lakeside, I really loved seeing movies at the massive Uptown theatre which was located just a few blocks away from us. What an astounding theatre! I can’t believe that it’s still sitting there abandoned and slowly disintegrating… one of the most spectacular theatres ever built.

DavidDymond
DavidDymond on August 14, 2013 at 10:55 pm

Nice photographs Jon. I love the one of the candy lady with the old-fashioned BUTTER MAT!! Those old fashioned BUTTER SERVERS had a bowl that would rotate and lights that were animated and would flash on and off. That picture is a real beauty. You were very lucky to work at a place like that! I too worked at Famous Players Jon, maybe you remember my name! Cheers!

Jon Lidolt
Jon Lidolt on August 7, 2011 at 4:12 pm

Thank you Ken. Glad you like the photos. Truth be told, I probably spent more hours at the Lakeside than I did in class.

KenC
KenC on July 27, 2011 at 3:35 pm

Thanks for those great photos of the Lakeside, Jon. Love that triple feature! The auditorium- more beautiful than I recall. Most unusual thing about the Lakeside- the location of the mens room. Literally just a few steps away from the exit doors and the sidewalk.

Jon Lidolt
Jon Lidolt on July 16, 2011 at 2:01 pm

All 5 photos of the Lakeside as a functioning movie house were taken in 1961. I worked there as an assistant manager when I was an art student in Chicago.

CompassRose
CompassRose on March 2, 2011 at 2:50 am

Photos of the Lakeside from 1936: Lakeside Theater.

DavidZornig
DavidZornig on May 16, 2010 at 12:32 pm

Took me a while to track this theater down. I attended a dance show here that a friend’s sister performed in around 1986.
They performed “Businessman’s Lunch”, which included a famous typewriter themed dance routine.
I asked the school about the theatre’s history then, but had completely forgotten about it until now. I recall the stage as being quite wide. And the seating was nothing like an old theater. I believe we sat on platorms that had been built at different levels. Like a theater in the round would be. But the stage was still along the back, West wall as I recall.
I do not recall anything else about the interior.

Bruce C.
Bruce C. on July 27, 2009 at 2:04 pm

Here’s one of my pictures of the Lakeside from yesterday morning:

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KenC
KenC on May 26, 2008 at 6:17 pm

In my post from 9-15-04, I was off by about a year re: the closing of the Lakeside. From the Chicago Sun Times movie directory dated Monday Oct. 24, 1966: LAKESIDE 4730 N. Sheridan Road “VISIT to a SMALL PLANET” “AROUND THE WORLD UNDER THE SEA”. I’m pretty sure the Lakeside closed by late ‘66 or early “67.

Englewood
Englewood on October 14, 2007 at 10:14 pm

From the Chicago Tribune: June 19, 1955:

BEAUTY QUEEN TO BE
SELECTED BY POST
OF JEWISH WAR VETS

Uptown Edgewater post,
Jewish War Veterans, will
sponsor a motion picture party
and the selection of a beauty
queen, to be crowned Miss Up-
town Edgwater, June 28 in
the Lakeside theater, 4730
Sheridan rd.
Entrants in the queen con-
test must be between 18 and
25 years of age. Ben Goldblatt
is in charge of registration.
Judges will include radio
performer Marty Faye, Patri-
cia Vance, Ald. Freeman [48th],
and Theodore Pickard, past de-
partment commander, J.W.W.

Life's Too Short
Life's Too Short on October 2, 2007 at 12:44 am

The auditorium did seem large. You could have told me there were more than 960 seats in there and I would have believed it. I was inside in 1993 for a show when it was the Columbia College Dance Center. It seemed to be more or less intact at that point. Who knows what it is like now.

KenC
KenC on October 1, 2007 at 11:09 pm

The very first photo you posted, BW, really brings back nice memories. The four line marquee; above it the name LAKESIDE, was in orange neon, if I remember correctly. This I know for sure: under the letter E in LAKESIDE was the box office. Look closely and you’ll see the box office was on a slight angle. It faced south. The entrance doors were also on an angle, facing east. Just to the side of the box office,facing south (not visible in the photo) was space for two 28x22 posters advertising movies coming in a few days…TUES. WED. THURS., for example. Sometimes, management would display posters on the entrance doors…inserts, those 14 by 36 posters. Just past the southern most entrance door…looking left at the photo…was the mens washroom. If you were standing outside the theatre, you could see people going in and out of the washroom, and a small part of the room. Not a very big lobby! Just past the box office, you came to the ticket taker. Past him, and to the right, was the concession stand(facing south).Getting to the auditorium was just a few steps west. Although the lobby was relatively small, the auditorium was fairly large for a neighborhood theatre. Patrons watching movies faced west;the screen faced east. The theatre was super comfortable… in the winter, it was toasty warm; in the summer I remember it being VERY cool. My earliest memory of the Lakeside: I was 8 or 9, my parents dropped me off to see “DAY THE WORLD ENDED”, “PHANTOM FROM 10,000 LEAGUES”, and “BEAST WITH A MILLION EYES”. A great triple feature for a kid. A great theatre.

Broan
Broan on October 1, 2007 at 2:56 am

Recent photos of this theatre are HERE. It shows the theater both before and after installation of the mural.

Life's Too Short
Life's Too Short on August 15, 2006 at 7:13 pm

An extremely colorful tile mural has been applied across the first story of the building. Out of keeping with the architecture but all in all not bad.

Broan
Broan on May 15, 2006 at 7:45 am

It originally opened for Ascher Brothers, but was sold two years later to L&T after they opened their new Pantheon a short distance away, probably to avoid pricing wars. Good old anticompetitive practices!

KenC
KenC on September 15, 2004 at 10:25 pm

The Lakeside was a fairly small, but very comfortable theatre just a few blocks directly east of the Riviera theatre, on Sheridan Rd. In the late ‘50s, would sometimes show second run double features for a full week, after they played downtown. I remember seeing “THE AMAZING COLOSSAL MAN” plus “CAT GIRL” also “THE MAN WHO TURNED TO STONE” plus “ZOMBIES OF MORA TAU”. But, for the most part,the Lakeside had a 3 change a week policy:Fri. and Sat. ,Sun. and Mon., and Tues. Wed. Thurs. Triple features on the weekend, and a double feature midweek. In the early '60s, really enjoyed going to the Lakeside Tuesday or Wednesday for the more adult fare:third run showings (after they played downtown and the Uptown or Riviera) of “LOLITA”, “LADY IN A CAGE” ,“WHATEVER HAPPENED TO BABY JANE?” and a real find for a teenage guy: Lola Albright in “A COLD WIND IN AUGUST”. A nice variety of movies- for 50 cents admission,as I recall.One of the last movies to play the Lakeside was “MISTER MOSES”. Theatre closed in late '65 or early '66.