Roosevelt Theater

110 N. State Street,
Chicago, IL 60602

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DavidZornig
DavidZornig on May 23, 2014 at 4:58 pm

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

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nXASDjCwxsE&feature=youtu.be

DavidZornig
DavidZornig on January 10, 2013 at 9:57 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 9:27 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.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/uicdigital/5429417521/in/photostream/

http://www.flickr.com/photos/uicdigital/5430032264/in/photostream/

Broan
Broan on August 6, 2011 at 5:47 pm

Here is an advertisement with an early photo

Broan
Broan on July 27, 2011 at 11:40 pm

Here is a 1950 photo

CompassRose
CompassRose on February 20, 2011 at 12:05 pm

Outside the Roosevelt in 1961: Roosevelt, 1961

TLSLOEWS
TLSLOEWS on June 21, 2010 at 2:05 pm

Now this theatre had one large marquee.

Gerald A. DeLuca
Gerald A. DeLuca on June 20, 2010 at 12:27 pm

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

JudithK
JudithK on May 19, 2010 at 7:47 pm

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

CSWalczak
CSWalczak on May 14, 2009 at 1:15 am

There are two interior pictures of Chicago’s Roosevelt Theater on this website:
http://www.balabanandkatzfoundation.com/index.html
Hit the Slide Show link and the pictures are within that set.

DavidZornig
DavidZornig on April 14, 2009 at 3:33 pm

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

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on February 19, 2009 at 1:08 pm

Here is a photo from the Chicago Tribune showing the theater in 1980, after it closed.
http://tinyurl.com/bjtxf2

DavidZornig
DavidZornig on December 6, 2008 at 1:17 pm

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
kencmcintyre on November 30, 2008 at 5:42 pm

Here is a 1956 photo from Life Magazine:
http://tinyurl.com/56gxcx

DavidZornig
DavidZornig on November 17, 2008 at 11:48 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 9:51 am

Block 37 construction in May of this year:

teddy666
teddy666 on September 6, 2008 at 2:55 am

Here’s something humorous and kind of cool: My former projectionist/friend has been projecting movies all over Chicago for decades and still does. He told me when the Roosevelt was torn down in 1979 his friend walked over to the rubble and grabbed a chunk of the building and kept it. He has it to this day!

Paul Fortini
Paul Fortini on March 10, 2008 at 11:20 am

To Bryan K, per your comment of two years ago:

“Paul, are you familiar with Ross Miller’s 1996 book, ‘Heres the Deal: The Buying and Selling of a Great American City’? It tells the story of the history and politics behind Block 37, from its earliest years up until the clearing of the block in the late 80s/early 90s. It’s really interesting reading, and has some nice vintage photos and drawings of the site, especially during its later years, from the 70s on.”

I did finally read this book. I bought a used copy of it from www.amazon.com for $1.00 plus shipping. You are right, it is a fascinating book and the story of “Block 37” goes back some 20 years prior to the actual demolition of the structures on the block. It all goes back to how “Hizzoner” was riding in his limousine to work one day and saw the buildings on the block and decided they had to go. It also briefly mentions how the single story structures that replaced the Roosevelt and stood there briefly (less than ten years) were merely intended to be “tax earners”—places that could temporarily be on the tax rolls while something permanent was being planned. Oddly enough, the Walgreens across the street from Fields/Macy’s was intended to be such a building, but it lasted for many years.

Further complicating Block 37 was Stop-n-Shop, Hillman’s, and Gapers. For those of you unaware, they were all part of an amazing bakery/supermarket that existed on the block and with all of the people living Downtown these days, would be most useful. The problem was that they had been owned by the same family and the family owned the building they were located in. They were offered a deal in which they could occupy the new building (that never came) as tenants. The catch was that their space would have been smaller and that they would have been paying many times in rent what they were paying in taxes. Plus, no provision was made for an alley, which would have been required for produce deliveries. In short, it was a ploy to get a profitable business out of there. Stop-n-Shop was profitable until the day it closed.

JRS40
JRS40 on December 24, 2007 at 11:13 pm

Here are the bookings for the Roosevelt from 1964 until its closing in 1979.

1/3/64 – THE SWORD IN THE STONE
1/22/64 – STRAIGHTJACKET
2/19/64 – SOLDIER IN THE RAIN
3/11/64 – DEAD RINGER
3/27/64 – A TIGER WALKS
4/17/64 – MUSCLE BEACH PARTY
5/6/64 – THE STRANGLER plus THE NAKED KISS
5/15/64 – THE THIN RED LINE
5/29/64 – LADY IN A CAGE
6/19/64 – HEY THERE! IT’S YOGI BEAR
6/26/64 – THE PATSY
7/10/64 – THE MOON SPINNERS
7/24/64 – BIKINI BEACH
8/7/64 – THE KILLERS
8/28/64 – ENSIGN PULVER
9/11/64 – STATION SIX SAMURAI
9/30/64 – BEHOLD A PALE HORSE
10/22/64- LILITH
11/6/64 – INVITATION TO A GUNFIGHTER
11/27/64- PAJAMA PARTY
12/23/64- GOLDFINGER
3/12/65 – THE NIGHT WALKER
4/2/65 – MAJOR DUNDEE
4/30/65 – YOUNG CASSIDY
5/14/65 – SYNANON
6/4/65 – UP FROM THE BEACH
6/24/65 – THE SONS OF KATIE ELDER
8/13/65 – GENGHIS KHAN
9/3/65 – THE GLORY DAYS
9/17/65 – AGENT 8 3/4
10/8/65 – THE HILL
10/27/65- THE BEDFORD INCIDENT
11/17/65- THE WAR LORD
12/22/65- NEVER TOO LATE
1/5/66 – THE 2ND BEST SECRET AGENT
1/15/66 – THE HEROES OF TELEMARK
2/9/66 – LORD LOVE A DUCK
2/22/66 – THE SPY WITH MY FACE plus TO TRAP A SPY
3/11/66 – MADAME X
4/8/66 – THE TEN COMMANDMENTS
6/3/66 – A BIG HAND FOR THE LITTLE LADY
6/15/66 – STAGECOACH
7/13/66 – WALK DON’T RUN
8/24/66 – A MAN CALLED ADAM
9/14/66 – CHAMBER OF HORRORS
9/28/66 – THEY’RE TOO MUCH plus SONGS IN THE WORLD
10/12/66- ALVAREZ KELLY
11/2/66 – RETURN OF THE SEVEN
11/23/66- NOT WITH MY WIFE YOU DON'T
12/23/66- GAMBIT
1/20/67 – ARRIVEDERCI BABY
2/3/67 – KISS THE GIRLS AND MAKE THEM DIE
2/17/67 – DEADLIER THAN THE MALE
3/17/67 – ONE MILLION YEARS B.C.
4/21/67 – AFRICA ADDIDO
5/10/67 – THE HAPPENING
5/27/67 – THE WAR WAGON
6/30/67 – THE ST. VALENTINE’S DAY MASSACRE
8/2/67 – EL DORADO
8/30/67 – TO SIR WITH LOVE
11/10/67- THE COMEDIANS
1/5/68 – THE INCIDENT
1/19/68 – GRAND SLAM
2/9/68 – P.J.
3/1/68 – BONNIE AND CLYDE
4/12/68 – PLANET OF THE APES
5/28/68 – THE DARK OF THE SUN
6/21/68 – ANZIO
7/5/68 – THE SCALPHUNTERS
7/24/68 – FOR LOVE OF IVY
10/8/68 – THE SPLIT
11/11/68- IF HE HOLLERS LET HIM GO
12/20/68- HELLFIGHTERS
1/3/69 – THE BROTHERHOOD
1/22/69 – THE SERGEANT
2/12/69 – UP TIGHT
3/12/69 – JOANNA
4/4/69 – 100 RIFLES
5/14/69 – SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL SHERIFF
6/4/69 – CHE!
6/27/69 – SLAVES
8/15/69 – THE CHAIRMAN
8/29/69 – THE LEARNING TREE
10/22/69- CHANGE OF MIND
11/21/69- MARLOWE
12/5/69 – ALL THE LOVING COUPLES
12/25/69- THE REIVERS
1/30/70 – TICK…TICK…TICK
3/18/70 – THE LIBERATION OF L.B. JONES
4/24/70 – THE LAWYER
5/8/70 – A MAN CALLED HORSE
5/29/70 – BENEATH THE PLANET OF THE APES
7/10/70 – BEYOND THE VALLEY OF THE DOLLS
9/18/70 – MACHINE GUN MC CAIN
10/2/70 – HOUSE OF DARK SHADOWS
10/30/70- IT’S YOUR THING
11/20/70- FLAP
12/4/70 – BEN-HUR
12/25/70- THE GREAT WHITE HOPE
2/12/71 – WHEN DINOSAURS RULED THE EARTH
2/26/71 – ALEX IN WONDERLAND
3/12/71 – PLANET OF THE APES plus BENEATHE THE PLANET OF THE APES
3/19/71 – COTTON COMES TO HARLEM plus THEY CALL ME MISTER TIBBS
4/2/71 – WATERLOO
4/28/71 – THE BEGUILED
5/12/71 – THE CROSS AND THE SWITCHBLADE
5/28/71 – BIG JAKE
6/30/71 – SHAFT
11/5/71 – BLACK JESUS
11/19/71- THEY CALL ME TRINITY
12/10/71- CAPTAIN APACHE plus A TOWN CALLED HELL
12/24/71- THE FRENCH CONNECTION
2/4/72 – THE HOSPITAL
3/24/72 – THE TEN COMMANDMENTS
4/28/72 – GEORGIA, GEORGIA plus TALES FROM THE CRYPT
5/19/72 – THE LEGEND OF NIGGER CHARLEY
6/23/72 – SHAFT’S BIG SCORE
8/25/72 – SLAUGHTER
10/20/72- ULZANA’S RAID
11/8/72 – TROUBLE MAN
12/20/72- BLACK GUNN
1/26/73 – BLACK MAMA, WHITE MAMA
2/23/73 – BLACK CAESAR
4/6/73 – BOOK OF NUMBERS
5/4/73 – CHARLEY ONE-EYE
5/23/73 – SWEET JESUS, PREACHER MAN
6/15/73 – SUPERFLY T.N.T
7/18/73 – CLEOPATRA JONES
9/28/73 – THE SLAMS
10/12/73- THE SPOOK WHO SAT BY THE DOOR plus WHITE LIGHTNING
10/26/73- THE SCREAMING TIGER
11/16/73- QUEEN BOXER
11/30/73- BLOOD OF THE DRAGON
12/21/73- HELL UP IN HARLEM
2/1/74 – BLACK BELT JONES
3/13/74 – THREE TOUGH GUYS
4/17/74 – THOMASINE AND BUSHROD
5/24/74 – LIGHTNING SWORDS OF DEATH
6/7/74 – THE DYNAMITE BROTHERS plus POLICE CONNECTION
6/28/74 – THREE THE HARD WAY
8/23/74 – THE EDUCATION OF SONNY CARSON plus LADY SINGS THE BLUES
9/27/74 – BLACK SAMSON
10/11/74- STREETGANGS OF HONG KONG plus SUPER STOOGES vs WONDER WOMEN
10/25/74- FROM CHINA WITH DEATH
11/8/74 – WALKING TALL plus SLAUGHTER
11/22/74- SUPERFLY
11/29/74- CLEOPATRA JONES plus FIVE FINGERS OF DEATH
12/6/74 – ENTER THE DRAGON plus RED SUN
12/25/74- ABBY
2/12/75 – LORD SHANGO
2/26/75 – BLACK LOLITA
3/14/75 – BOSS NIGGER
4/11/75 – FORCE FOUR plus KUNF FU – THE PUNCH OF DEATH
4/25/75 – BLACK CAESAR plus HELL UP IN HARLEM
5/9/75 – THREE TOUGH GUYS
5/16/75 – RAPE SQUAD plus RAW MEAT
5/23/75 – BREAKOUT
6/6/75 – CHALLENGE OF THE DRAGON plus MAN OF IRON
6/20/75 – MANDINGO
7/25/75 – BUCKTOWN
8/29/75 – SUPERDUDE
9/12/75 – RETURN OF THE STREETFIGHTER plus PLAY MISTY FOR ME
10/3/75 – BLACK CHRISTMAS plus IT’S ALIVE
11/2/75 – FROM BEYOND THE GRAVE plus TALES FROM THE CRYPT
11/21/75- BLACK DRAGON’S REVENGE plus SUPERSPOOK
12/12/75- DIRTY HARRY plus MAGNUM FORCE
12/23/75- LET’S DO IT AGAIN
2/6/76 – GOODBYE BRUCE LEE
3/5/76 – DUEL IN THE TIGER DEN plus SHANGHAI JOE
3/12/76 – THEY CAME FROM WITHIN
4/2/76 – LIPSTICK
4/30/76 – HOT POTATO plus ENTER THE DRAGON
5/28/76 – BRUCE LEE SUPERDRAGON plus GOLDEN NEEDLES
6/25/76 – NO WAY BACK
7/23/76 – ST. IVES
8/13/76 – THE OMEN
9/3/76 – THE BODYGUARD
9/24/76 – BAMBBO HOUSE OF DOLLS plus DUEL IN THE TIGER DEN
10/8/76 – SPARKLE plus HOT POTATO plus ALI VS NORTON
10/22/76- GET MEAN plus TERMINAL ISLAND
11/5/76 – THE MUTHERS plus BAMBOO GODS AND IRON MEN
11/12/76- J.D.’S REVENGE plus COOLEY HIGH
11/24/76- JOSHUA plus BEYOND THE LIVING DEAD
12/24/76- MONKEY HUSTLE
¾/77 – EMMA MAE plus THREE THE HARD WAY
4/15/77 – DEMON SEED plus BURNT OFFERINGS
5/6/77 – IT’S ALIVE plus FRIGHT
5/27/77 – RUBY plus 3 TOUGH GUYS
6/17/77 – SPARKLE plus BLACK BELT JONES
6/26/77 – BLACK FIST plus SUPER SPOOK
7/15/77 – ORCA THE KILLER WHALE plus BUG
7/22/77 – SINBAD AND THE EYE OF THE TIGER plus DRIVE-IN
8/5/77 – CAR WASH plus BINGO LONG TRAVELLING ALL STARS & MOTOR KINGS
9/2/77 – DYNASTY plus THE FANTASTIC INVASION OF PLANET EARTH
9/30/77 – THE DEEP plus SINBAD AND THE EYE OF THE TIGER
10/7/77 – THE MACK
11/4/77 – KING KONG plus ORCA THE KILLER WHALE
11/11/77- RUBY plus RABID
11/18/77- THE TIGER OF HONG KONG plus BROTHERHOOD OF DEATH
12/2/77 – ROLLING THUNDER
12/9/77 – BRUCE LEE SUPERDRAGON plus THREE THE HARD WAY
12/16/77- LADY SINGS THE BLUES plus MAHOGANY
12/23/77- THE INCREDIBLE MELTING MAN
2/10/78 – COLLEY HIGH plus CORNBREAD, EARL AND ME plus GOLDEN NEEDLES
2/17/78 – 10 FINGERS OF DEATH plus SHANGHAI CONNECTION
2/24/78 – THE BOYS IN COMPANY C
3/10/78 – AMERICAN HOT WAX plus MASTER OF THE FLYING GUILLOTINE
4/14/78 – YOUNGBLOOD
6/16/78 – GOOD GUYS WEAR BLACK
6/30/78 – CONVOY
7/14/78 – THE MANITOU plus EMMA MAE
8/11/78 – DEATH DIMENSION plus SUSPIRIA
9/15/78 – THE EXECUTIONER plus BLACK SAMURAI
10/13/78- THE TEMPTER plus PSYCHIC KILLER
10/20/78- DEEP THRUST – HAND OF DEATH plus HONG HONG CAT plus BAMBOO GODS AND IRON MEN
10/27/78- A HERO AIN’T NOTHIN BUT A SANDWICH plus PIRANHA
11/3/78 – THE DEVIL’S RAIN plus VIRGIN WITCH
11/10/78- THE WILD GEESE
11/24/78- THE DRAGON LIVES plus NIGHT CHILD
12/8/78 – COFFY plus THE MACK
12/20/78- KING OF THE GYPSIES
1/12/79 – BRONSON LEE – CHAMPION plus GODFATHERS OF HONG KONG
2/2/79 – RICHARD PRYOR LIVE IN CONCERT
4/13/79 – THE REAL BRUCE LEE plus THE TIGER FROM HONG KONG
5/4/79 – DAWN OF THE DEAD
6/15/79 – PROPHECY
7/13/79 – DRACULA
8/10/79 – FISTS OF FURY PART 2 plus YOUNG DRAGON
8/17/79 – MASTER KILLER plus THE CHINATOWN KID

Closed after performances Sunday, August 26th.

Life's Too Short
Life's Too Short on August 29, 2007 at 12:22 pm

They are going great guns on this new development. Whatever argument you might have with the chain of events on Block 37 (and I have a few) it is nice to see something finally under construction there.

CatherineDiMartino
CatherineDiMartino on August 16, 2007 at 12:45 pm

Here is a 1970s vintage photo of the Roosevelt. You’ll have to enlarghttp://chicago.urban-history.org/ven/ths/roosevlt.shtmle it once you click on it.