Will Rogers Theater
5641 W. Belmont Avenue,
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The Will Rogers Theater, opened in 1936, was named in tribute to Will Rogers, who had died in a plane crash the year before. The Rapp & Rapp designed movie house was located on Belmont Avenue at Parkside Avenue in the Belmont-Cragin neighborhood of Chicago.
The theater’s Art Deco style design was influenced by ideas featured in the architecture of Chicago’s Century of Progress World’s Fair of 1933.
Operating into the mid-1980’s, the Will Rogers Theater was demolished in 1987 to make way for the strip mall which sits on the site today.
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