4642 N. Sheridan Road,
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The Pantheon opened its doors September 11, 1918 with Bessie Barriscale in “The White Lie”. Located in the Uptown neighborhood on N. Sheridan Road at W. Eastwood Avenue it was built for the Lubliner & Trinz chain. At the time it opened, it was said to have 3,000 seats, with 2,500 on the main floor. It was the largest movie theater in the area until seven years later, when the nearby Uptown Theatre opened.
The theatre cost over $750,000 to build, and was decorated in the style of the Italian Renaissance, complete with a double organ and a 30-piece orchestra.
Within a few years, the operation of the Pantheon Theatre was taken over by Essaness until, like so many other theatres in Chicago, it was added to the always-expanding Balaban and Katz chain.
By the 1950’s, the Uptown neighborhood was no longer the entertainment mecca it was from the 1910’s through World War II, and the Pantheon Theatre’s fortunes rapidly declined, as did the rest of Uptown.
The Pantheon Theatre remained in operation into the early-1960’s. It was demolished in 1962 and was replaced by a parking lot.
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