Broadway Strand Theatre

1641 W. Roosevelt Road,
Chicago, IL 60608

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The Broadway Strand Theatre opened on November 10, 1917 on Roosevelt Road (then still called 12th Street) at Ashland Avenue on the Near West Side (close to what is today the University of Illinois at Chicago Medical Center). In its prime, this theater had a 2/8 Kimball theater organ.

The Broadway Strand Theatre was demolished in 1998 after a long period of disuse.

Contributed by Ray Martinez, Bryan Krefft

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Broan
Broan on June 18, 2006 at 7:12 am

Here is a profile from the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency’s HAARGIS system. It includes a small picture.

Life's Too Short
Life's Too Short on June 18, 2006 at 12:29 pm

I photographed this place in the early 90’s. At the time there was retail in the lobby, although no current tenant. Building appeared to be in good shape. It’s a shame they couldn’t have at least saved the shell.

Broan
Broan on June 18, 2006 at 10:30 pm

I wonder why the IHPA site identifies the architect as JH Gernfeld. It looks like an unusual place.

Broan
Broan on October 22, 2007 at 12:54 am

It appears that the architect information was conflated with the entry for the Marshfield across the street; this was the theater actually designed by Gernfeld.

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on November 4, 2007 at 12:22 pm

These “before and after” photos copied from a 1937 trade journal ad show how the Broadway Strand modernized its marquee: www.i8.photobucket.com/albums/a18/Warrengwhiz/bwaystrand.jpg

DavidZornig
DavidZornig on May 24, 2009 at 8:42 pm

Thanks for posting those. I remember driving by this theatre not long before it was demolished. Thinking then of course how great it would be if it were refurbished.

LouRugani
LouRugani on December 28, 2012 at 7:52 pm

The Broadway-Strand Theatre address was listed in Moving Picture World as 6141-53 W. Twelfth street, and opened November 10, 1917 by Marshfield Amusement Company officials Louis L. Marks, Julius Goodman, Meyer S. Marks and Louis H. Harrison. It seated 2,100 people without a balcony, employed a fifteen-piece orchestra, and the architect was A. L. Levy. There was a playroom for children and a gymnasium for the employees. Marshfield Amusement Company also then operated the Orpheus, Illington and Marshfield theatres.

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