1621 W. Howard Street,
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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.
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