Roosevelt Theater

110 N. State Street,
Chicago, IL 60602

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Tim O'Neill
Tim O'Neill on September 20, 2017 at 6:20 pm

1975 Flickr photo:

DavidZornig on May 19, 2017 at 8:09 pm

New Year’s Eve 1978 photo added, credit Arthur Walker, Chicago Tribune archive. “King Of The Gypsies” would have been showing that evening.

Khnemu on March 26, 2017 at 8:14 am

Added 1925 view of the balcony area to the photos section.

rivest266 on November 13, 2016 at 9:29 am

April 25th, 1921 grand opening ad in the photo section.

Broan on October 23, 2016 at 12:49 pm has a nice section on the opening of the Roosevelt.

DavidZornig on February 28, 2016 at 2:03 pm

11/21/69-12/04/69 photo added, photo credit John P. Keating Jr.

DavidZornig on May 23, 2014 at 1:58 pm

The Roosevelt is seen at 11:30 in this Vivian Maier film.

DavidZornig on January 10, 2013 at 6:57 pm

FYI. Added to the Photos section one I found of Facebook of an Auburn promotion at the Roosevelt.

Paul Fortini
Paul Fortini on August 28, 2011 at 6:27 am

The description of the Roosevelt might be changed to say that after the theatre was demolished, some single-story, temporary looking, retail structures were built in its place. These buildings lasted less than ten years.

Here are some views of the buildings that initially replaced the Roosevelt.

Broan on August 6, 2011 at 2:47 pm

Here is an advertisement with an early photo

Broan on July 27, 2011 at 8:40 pm

Here is a 1950 photo

CompassRose on February 20, 2011 at 9:05 am

Outside the Roosevelt in 1961: Roosevelt, 1961

TLSLOEWS on June 21, 2010 at 11:05 am

Now this theatre had one large marquee.

Gerald A. DeLuca
Gerald A. DeLuca on June 20, 2010 at 9:27 am

Photo of Roosevelt in Boxoffice magazine, June 5, 1954 (top left):
View link

JudithK on May 19, 2010 at 4:47 pm

Never got into the Roosevelt Theatre; it was DEFINITELY the bookings that scared me off.

CSWalczak on May 13, 2009 at 10:15 pm

There are two interior pictures of Chicago’s Roosevelt Theater on this website:
Hit the Slide Show link and the pictures are within that set.

DavidZornig on April 14, 2009 at 12:33 pm

Rather stately looking even when shuttered. Too bad it couldn’t have hung on until the “rebirth” of theater downtown.

kencmcintyre on February 19, 2009 at 10:08 am

Here is a photo from the Chicago Tribune showing the theater in 1980, after it closed.

DavidZornig on December 6, 2008 at 10:17 am

To Bob Jensen & Flickchick, the “Treasure Chest” was the name of the arcade that sold the gag gifts, had pinball, wooden ball bowling & such.
Even switchblades that were boldly on display in glass cases.

kencmcintyre on November 30, 2008 at 2:42 pm

Here is a 1956 photo from Life Magazine:

DavidZornig on November 17, 2008 at 8:48 pm

Nice picture indeed LTS. It kind of shocked me when it scrolled up.

Somewhere I have an octagonal paving brick from the State Street Mall.
Can’t blame Mayor Bryne for trying.
The city actually maintained the cab & bus traffic only thing long after the mall idea fizzled. If only the 1992 flood hadn’t occurred, we’d still be able to street park down there. Once they saw how traffic was moving, meters were history. (Not counting Wabash)

I thought that the Roosevelt Theatre had run a closed circuit showing of the Frazier-Foreman fight back in `74. But I see no break in the movie action on the list.
Must have been one of the other downtown theatres. The Aragon Ballroom also ran closed circuit fights occasionally.

Life's Too Short
Life's Too Short on October 4, 2008 at 6:51 am

Block 37 construction in May of this year: