1621 W. Howard Street,
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The Howard Theater opened in 1917, designed by Henry L. Newhouse, whose other Chicago theaters included the Metropolitan Theater and Atlantic Theater.
It was acquired by the Balaban & Katz chain not long after it had opened. Notable was its ornate Neo-Classical style 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 Theater continued to show first run films until it was shuttered around Thanksgiving 1975. In 1999, the long-vacant Howard Theater’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 Theater.
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