3940 W. Lawrence Avenue,
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The Admiral opened in 1927 as a showcase for both vaudeville and motion pictures. In 1942, the theater was acquired by the Balaban & Katz chain.
By the mid-50s, the Admiral was closed due to declining business. In 1969 it reopened its doors, strangely enough, screening only cartoons, with admission for a quarter. Predictably, this venture didn’t pan out, and within a couple months, closed.
In 1971, the Admiral reopened again, this time showing pornographic films. In the late 80s, the theater received a makeover, and restored some of the original decor. About the same time, the focus of the Admiral went from films on the screen to live entertainment, and received the more proper designation as a “gentleman’s club”, as it remains today.
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