Roosevelt Theater

110 N. State Street,
Chicago, IL 60602

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GButters
GButters on January 20, 2019 at 2:54 pm

Theater friends –
I am writing an article about the Roosevelt theater in the late 1960’s. Any memories you would like to share with me? I will cite you fully in my article.

DavidZornig
DavidZornig on November 28, 2018 at 7:09 pm

Film footage of “A Gathering Of Eagles” World Premiere at the Roosevelt Theater.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q3wCzxDYe6s

Mister_Comics
Mister_Comics on November 21, 2018 at 2:08 pm

Wednesday, June 19, 1957 Movie stars Peter Graves and Peggie Castle made a personal appearance at the Roosevelt for the premier of “Beginning of the End”. Autographing photos in the theater lobby.

Tim O'Neill
Tim O'Neill on September 20, 2017 at 8:20 pm

1975 Flickr photo:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/ceebop/27851770656/in/dateposted-public/

DavidZornig
DavidZornig on May 19, 2017 at 10:09 pm

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

rivest266
rivest266 on November 13, 2016 at 11:29 am

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

Broan
Broan on October 23, 2016 at 2:49 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 4:03 pm

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

DavidZornig
DavidZornig on May 23, 2014 at 3:58 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 8:57 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 8:27 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 4:47 pm

Here is an advertisement with an early photo

Broan
Broan on July 27, 2011 at 10:40 pm

Here is a 1950 photo

CompassRose
CompassRose on February 20, 2011 at 11:05 am

Outside the Roosevelt in 1961: Roosevelt, 1961

TLSLOEWS
TLSLOEWS on June 21, 2010 at 1:05 pm

Now this theatre had one large marquee.

Gerald A. DeLuca
Gerald A. DeLuca on June 20, 2010 at 11:27 am

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

JudithK
JudithK on May 19, 2010 at 6:47 pm

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

CSWalczak
CSWalczak on May 14, 2009 at 12:15 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 2:33 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 12:08 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 12:17 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 4:42 pm

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