1621 W. Howard Street,
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Previously operated by: Balaban & Katz Corp.
Architects: Henry L. Newhouse
Firms: Newhouse & Bernham
The Howard Theatre opened in 1917, designed by Henry L. Newhouse, whose other Chicago theatres included the Metropolitan Theatre and Atlantic Theatre. It was equipped with a Kimball 3 manual 9 ranks organ.
It was acquired by the Balaban & Katz chain not long after it had opened. Notable was its ornate Neo-Classical style façade, complete with sculpted masks of comedy and tragedy, and the theatre’s name inscribed above the arch-shaped window over the marquee.
The Howard Theatre continued to show first run films until it was shuttered around Thanksgiving 1975. In 1999, the long-vacant Howard Theatre’s auditorium was razed but its beautiful façade and outer lobby were saved and integrated into the apartments and retail structure which was built on the site of the Howard Theatre.
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