Roosevelt Theater

110 N. State Street,
Chicago, IL 60602

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DavidZornig
DavidZornig on May 19, 2017 at 11:09 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
Khnemu on March 26, 2017 at 11:14 am

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

rivest266
rivest266 on November 13, 2016 at 12:29 pm

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

Broan
Broan on October 23, 2016 at 3:49 pm

http://archive.org/stream/motionpicturenew23moti_7#page/3076/mode/2up has a nice section on the opening of the Roosevelt.

DavidZornig
DavidZornig on February 28, 2016 at 5:03 pm

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

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!