Howard Theater

1621 W. Howard Street,
Chicago, IL 60626

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Howard Theater

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The Howard opened in 1917, designed by Henry L. Newhouse, whose other Chicago theaters included the Metropolitan and Atlantic Theaters.

It was acquired by the Balaban & Katz chain not long after it had opened. Notable was its ornate neo-classical facade, complete with sculpted masks of comedy and tragedy, and the theater’s name inscribed above the arch-shaped window over the marquee.

The Howard continued to show first run films until it was shuttered around the mid-to-late 1970s. In 1999, the long-vacant Howard’s auditorium was razed but its beautiful facade and outer lobby were saved and integrated into the apartments and retail structure which was built on the site of the Howard.

Contributed by Ray Martinez

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DavidZornig
DavidZornig on February 19, 2009 at 1:50 pm

Opt out?… I’m there! Guess I let my WebTV run my life. Open the pod bay doors HAL.
Ironically I couldn’t post to CT until late last year, even though I’d signed up in 2004…Tech-NO-logy!

Thanks for all the clarifications & insight.

DavidZornig
DavidZornig on April 12, 2009 at 6:44 am

Reactivate notification status.

Bruce C.
Bruce C. on June 30, 2009 at 7:53 am

Here’s a picture I took of the Howard on June 24, 2008:

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Lost Memory
Lost Memory on July 16, 2009 at 6:45 pm

Here are more 1982 photos:

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0123456789 on September 11, 2010 at 5:46 pm

There was a balcony there, a few years after being abandoned the grand chandalier fell down as well as the whole balcony. The rest of the building is standing except the auditorium, and lobby.

CompassRose
CompassRose on February 20, 2011 at 9:03 am

View of the Howard from 1955: Howard 1955

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