Marbro Theatre

4110 W. Madison Street,
Chicago, IL 60624

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JAYJay
JAYJay on November 25, 2016 at 7:42 pm

Here are true movie Palaces…. Went many times in the 1950s, also the Paradise theater was another favorite.

BobbyS
BobbyS on November 25, 2016 at 6:47 pm

Was there any fanfare for the last day of operation? I can’t remember. I know there were rumors in the neighborhood but nothing official.

TerryBarbato
TerryBarbato on November 21, 2016 at 7:04 pm

My mother was a big bands singer back in the 30’s, and sang at the Marbro. Her maiden name was Mamie Menolascino. She started singing at the age of 14, appeared on television and the radio. After marriage to my dad, her name was Mae Tellone. She used to go to Jack’s for cheesecake after her performance, along with her family that came to see her. Does anyone recognize this name? Perhaps the band leaders out there? Thanks!

lexington
lexington on June 7, 2016 at 1:57 am

As a youngster in the 50’s Mom would take us to the Marbro on a Saturday afternoon…That was a real treat for us….

OeOeO
OeOeO on March 29, 2016 at 10:01 pm

February 26 1964. The Marbro had a closed circuit tv event of the Sonny Liston Cassius Clay fight. The Tribune article claims 5000 in attendance.

BobbyS
BobbyS on March 29, 2016 at 4:26 pm

Anybody have a picture of the last writing on the marquee which said “THEATER CLOSED, PLEASE VISIT THE B&K STATE”? Wasn’t lit up of course, but sure looked sad on that giant marquee.

RickB
RickB on March 28, 2016 at 12:15 am

October 17, 1963 appears to have been the Marbro’s last day of operation; the features were “The Caretakers” and “Johnny Cool.”

JoeLen
JoeLen on March 27, 2016 at 4:58 am

I remember the Marbro and the nice shopping area near it pretty well. I have a question for anyone who lived near that area in the 1960s:

Back then there was a small pizzeria on the 4400 block of W. Madison St. named Sorrento’s (on the north & even side of the street). They had GREAT pizza. The gentleman who ran it (presumably his last name was “Sorrento”) also had a brother who ran another Sorrento’s, also on the north & even side of Madison St., east of Austin Blvd. (maybe the 5800 block?).

Does anyone know what happened to their pizza restaurants? When the neighborhood crime rose dramatically, they moved out, and I’m pretty sure the one on the 4400 block of Madison St. was gone by 1968 or 1969. I was curious if they relocated (as opposed to just going out of business), and if they are maybe in business in some form today.

Scott
Scott on March 14, 2015 at 7:26 pm

I have uploaded a Marbro picture. Almost identical to the postcard view I uploaded previously. No doubt was taken at the same time using the same camera set up.

amoswald
amoswald on October 15, 2013 at 5:28 am

Thanks – lots more stories where that one came from.

gabbygrillz
gabbygrillz on October 15, 2013 at 5:25 am

Anita really made me smile! reading of ol Madison street!

gabbygrillz
gabbygrillz on October 15, 2013 at 4:21 am

wow ted most of that was before my time I came along in 64 but I grew up at off the street club and I just saw ralph last week! he is still same just older!

Griffinteam
Griffinteam on February 26, 2013 at 11:41 am

My Grandfather Jean Anthony Greif was an Organist at Marbro. He also performed at other theatres. He was a composer, organist, inventor and business Man. http://www.pstos.org/organists/wa/greif.htm

BobbyS
BobbyS on February 5, 2013 at 6:04 am

Anita, What wonderful stories you tell! I hated to finish. I can feel your passion because I was there too. Your stories are excellent and I can hardly wait for more. Many many thanks…….

amoswald
amoswald on January 24, 2013 at 10:40 pm

All covered in my stories

TedTheodoreFRIE
TedTheodoreFRIE on January 24, 2013 at 10:38 pm

AND COLUMBUS PARK WAS THE ONLY PLACE WE WENT TO FOR SWIMMING.DO I HAVE REAL STORIES ABOUT THE OLD NEIGHBORHOOD.WE STILL HAVE THE HOUSE AND MY SISTER LIVES THEIR ON CONGRESS AND KEELER. WE HAD TO TAKE TAP DANCING LESSONS ON MADISON JUST BEFORE PULASKI ON THE SOUTH SIDE OF THE STREET. BUT OFF THE STREET CLUB WAS THE BEST

TedTheodoreFRIE
TedTheodoreFRIE on January 24, 2013 at 9:56 pm

Im just going crazy right now. My mom used to take us out for a dinner night to Walgreens on madison and Pulaski or the expensive one on keeler and madison on the SE corner. Man going trick or treating on Halloween on madison with my brothers . Went to the ALEX , Byrd , and another one on Austin and MADISON. wow . THE MEMORIES TED

amoswald
amoswald on January 24, 2013 at 9:46 pm

Ted – check out my stories for some memories.

Links to West Side Girl essays:

Saturday at the Movies http://thewriteplaceatthewritetime.org/ourstoriesnonfiction.html If I Were 21 I’d Vote for Kennedy http://fairclothreview.com/if-i-were-21-id-vote-for-kennedy-by-anita-oswald/ Aidan’s Road Trip http://fatcityreview.com/beta/aidans-road-trip-anita-solick-oswald/ Some Assembly Required http://fatcityreview.com/some-assembly-required-anita-solick-oswald/ Bethlehem on Madison Street http://fairclothreview.com/bethlehem-on-madison-street-by-anita-solick-oswald/ Hot Diggity Dog and Interview http://www.thewriteplaceatthewritetime.org/firstannualcontest.html Leaves http://www.thewriteplaceatthewritetime.org/fiction.html

TedTheodoreFRIE
TedTheodoreFRIE on January 24, 2013 at 9:41 pm

Wow this picture brought back memories.I remember going here at least 3 or 4times.I went everywhere when I was a kid (late 50,s early 60’s) On that smaller Bldg On the corner their was this guy named RALPH that lived there.Now he runs the OFF THE STREET CLUB on Karlov and Washington. Me and my brothers went there OTSC all the time, including the camp in Wheaton in the summer.Wow I remember I was gonna get a job selling newspapers on THAT corner . There was a newsstand at that corner. Man what memories ,Even going across the street SE corner to buy an icecream for 10Cents .The five and dime. My mom took us to the A&P on Keeler every weekend.I think Ralph is still operating the OFF THE STREET CLUB but to say hello to him I got no guts for that neiborhood. WOW what memories THANKS Ted

amoswald
amoswald on January 22, 2013 at 10:27 pm

Links to West Side Girl essays:

Saturday at the Movies http://thewriteplaceatthewritetime.org/ourstoriesnonfiction.html

If I Were 21 I’d Vote for Kennedy http://fairclothreview.com/if-i-were-21-id-vote-for-kennedy-by-anita-oswald/

Aidan’s Road Trip http://fatcityreview.com/beta/aidans-road-trip-anita-solick-oswald/

Some Assembly Required http://fatcityreview.com/some-assembly-required-anita-solick-oswald/

Bethlehem on Madison Street http://fairclothreview.com/bethlehem-on-madison-street-by-anita-solick-oswald/

NEW Hot Diggity Dog (Winner, Best Non Fiction – The Write Place at the Write Time) and Interview http://www.thewriteplaceatthewritetime.org/firstannualcontest.html

NEW Leaves http://www.thewriteplaceatthewritetime.org/fiction.html

amoswald
amoswald on December 6, 2012 at 10:27 pm

Exciting news everyone. My essay, “Saturday at the Movies” is a finalist for the Write Place at the Write Time’s 2012 Best Non Fiction. Keep your fingers crossed!

I’ve also got a new story coming out on December 18 entitled, “Bethlehem on Madison Street.” I will share the link when it is published. Thanks for all your support!

amoswald
amoswald on December 6, 2012 at 10:27 pm

Exciting news everyone. My essay, “Saturday at the Movies” is a finalist for the Write Place at the Write Time’s 2012 Best Non Fiction. Keep your fingers crossed!

I’ve also got a new story coming out on December 18 entitled, “Bethlehem on Madison Street.” I will share the link when it is published. Thanks for all your support!

amoswald
amoswald on December 6, 2012 at 10:27 pm

Exciting news everyone. My essay, “Saturday at the Movies” is a finalist for the Write Place at the Write Time’s 2012 Best Non Fiction. Keep your fingers crossed!

I’ve also got a new story coming out on December 18 entitled, “Bethlehem on Madison Street.” I will share the link when it is published. Thanks for all your support!

BobbyS
BobbyS on October 7, 2012 at 4:32 am

Enjoyed your essay so much Anita… We could be relatives! I was there when Jack & Bobby were downtown and what a day that was. The sun hitting JFK’s head and I remember how handsome he was. When I started to go downtown the streetcars were still running. I loved when they pulled up to the Marbro for I could lean over and read the marquee. I always sat on the left side to do this. Such excitement for a west side kid. You are a very very good writer Anita.

amoswald
amoswald on October 5, 2012 at 3:39 am

New essay – Not about the theaters but you will all recognize some of the references. And I think it’s timely, too. For those of you who are feeling cynical about the political process, I hope this makes you smile.

http://fairclothreview.com/if-i-were-21-id-vote-for-kennedy-by-anita-oswald/