Regal Theater

4710 S. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Drive,
Chicago, IL 60615

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DavidZornig
DavidZornig on November 4, 2015 at 10:22 pm

You may be on to something. Below is a 1947 Wayne Miller photo, that reads “Looking North on South Parkway at 47th. And pictured is a theater that is clearly not the Regal. Looking North would put the even numbers on the left/West side of the street in that photo.

However all other sources claim the Regal address as 4710, including books referencing the architects Levy & Klein. And the original Lou Rawls theater project that fell through mentioned in the Overview at the top, was only referred to as being “close to the site of the Regal Theater”. Not necessarily on it. The Harold Washington Cultural Center Wikipedia page, seems to be the only source that claims it is in the same site as the Regal stood. And Wikipedia should never be trusted to be accurate. (They list the Century/Diversey Theatre at the 4710 address too. On Levy & Klein’s page.)

Below is the Wayne Miller photo I referenced.

http://www.magnumphotos.com/C.aspx?VP3=SearchResult&ALID=2K7O3RBDRROO

sunset_lines
sunset_lines on November 4, 2015 at 8:47 pm

The digits 0 and 1 of the address were reversed. It should be 4701 King Drive, the address of the Harold Washington Center. I think the Regal was the last theater in Chicago to have stage shows. After the Chicago ended live shows, that left only the Regal and Tivoli. My favorite memory of the Regal was a show featuring Dinah Washington. At the end of her set, she brought out her latest male interest, a young man barely legal, if that. The audience just went wild with applause and cheering.

DavidZornig
DavidZornig on October 25, 2015 at 1:32 am

Crisper version of the Easter Sunday 1941 photo, photo credit Russell Lee via the Farm Service Collection.

DavidZornig
DavidZornig on October 7, 2015 at 7:36 pm

Photo added of Easter Sunday matinee at the Regal in 1941.
Photo credit Edwin Rosskam.

delano
delano on March 11, 2014 at 5:03 am

This comment affects to entries (THE MET & THE REGAL). Chicago has an address scheme that causes EVEN numbers to appear on the WEST and NORTH, while ODD numbers appear on the EAST and SOUTH.. The Regal is on the EAST side of King Drive, therefore 4719. The MET was across the street therefore it would have been something like 4744 …

kareneashby
kareneashby on April 28, 2013 at 8:44 am

When you think about the Regal and that it was built in the Black community for its Black people way back then you realize it can be done again.When I was a little girl my mom took me to the REGAL every week. there were new acts every week. I remember seeing Nat King Cole and his trio, the Step Brothers,Josephine Baker,James Brown, Diana Washington, Ella Fitzgerald,even Sarah Vaugh, people who you only see in magazines now a days…

kareneashby
kareneashby on April 28, 2013 at 7:14 am

Who would have thought the fabulous Regal Theater would be closed. There needs to be a move to reopen the theater, showing old black and white movies, with talent shows every saturday and sunday. Lets get this thing started call it the Regal Theater Ressurection.

mojowash
mojowash on February 22, 2012 at 8:46 pm

Saw so many great acts there. I used to sit on the stairs at our 48th street building and watch the limos with the stars in them drive by and down the alley. The Regal will live in my heart forever.

Life's Too Short
Life's Too Short on September 11, 2011 at 3:11 pm

Auditorium picture here:

http://cinewiki.wikispaces.com/Regal+Theater+and+African-American+Exhibition+in+Chicago,+The+

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on May 9, 2009 at 2:52 am

Here is the 1941 LOC photo, again:
http://tinyurl.com/owdwp2

WayOutWardell
WayOutWardell on April 14, 2009 at 6:11 am

Many of the handbills, show posters and tinted photograps (including those of Al Hibbler, Sarah Vaughan and Dizzy Gillespie) that were in the offices at the Regal were given to Gerri Oliver, who ran the Palm Tavern, where the stars would go after their performances. They remained on the walls until 2001 when she closed up shop. She still has them in her posession.

At the risk of nitpicking, the South Side sister of the Aragon Ballroom would have been the Trianon at 62nd and Cottage Grove; aside from similar size, general layout and richness of furnishings, both were developed and run by the Karzas Brothers, sharing the same entertainers and under the same race-restrictive admission policy.

dvdmike
dvdmike on February 19, 2009 at 8:33 pm

This was just before it was torn down.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on February 19, 2009 at 6:11 pm

Here is a 1973 photo from the archives of the Chicago Tribune:
http://tinyurl.com/dkxtth

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on November 26, 2008 at 4:19 am

Listed at 4719 S. South Park in the 1960 Chicago yellow pages.

dvdmike
dvdmike on September 1, 2008 at 5:07 pm

That photo was taken in 1940. Note the Savoy Ballroom just down the street.

gmcalpin
gmcalpin on August 18, 2008 at 8:14 am

If anyone has good-quality photos of the Regal Theater â€" especially of the interior and/or of theater staff, please link to them from here or e-mail me (via my profile)! They would be GREATLY appreciated; I am hoping to draw a comic strip partially set in the Regal Theater.

Photos from the 1940s and later would be most helpful.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on August 22, 2007 at 9:16 pm

Here is a photo from the Library of Congress:
http://tinyurl.com/2mkgl5

Alexandra
Alexandra on May 23, 2007 at 11:33 am

My Great Uncle was Joeseph Trinz, originally from Vienna Austria, who owned and started the Lubliner and Trinz movie chain in Chicago in the early teens. He was an early investor in Nickelodeans that later became moving pictures. He was bought out by Baliban and Katz in the late 1930’s. As a child, my father would go out from New York to Chicago with is mother to visit in the summer and could walk into any movie house for free because of his Uncle Joe!

Alexandra
Alexandra on May 23, 2007 at 11:33 am

My Great Uncle was Joeseph Trinz, originally from Vienna Austria, who owned and started the Lubliner and Trinz movie chain in Chicago in the early teens. He was an early investor in Nickelodeans that later became moving pictures. He was bought out by Baliban and Katz in the late 1930’s. As a child, my father would go out from New York to Chicago with is mother to visit in the summer and could walk into any movie house for free because of his Uncle Joe!

GrandMogul
GrandMogul on March 28, 2007 at 11:14 pm

Famed “Schmeling-Louis” fight film shown at Regal—–

NEWS ITEM:

Chicago Daily News, Friday, June 26, 1936, p. 36, c. 1—–

FIGHT FILMS OPEN AT B-K THEATERS

The Joe Louis-Max Schmeling fight pictures, complete from beginning to end have been booked in as extra screen attractions at eight Balaban & Katz theaters starting today. In the loop the pictures will be shown at the Roosevelt and Apollo theaters; west side Marbro; south side, Tivoli and Southtown; north side, Granada, Varsity and Uptown. The pictures showing the knockdown in slow motion, also start at the Regal theater on the south side on Sunday

Broan
Broan on June 25, 2005 at 6:41 am

Here is another lobby view

Broan
Broan on March 12, 2005 at 7:44 pm

I would imagine South Park was coined because King Drive used to be known as South Parkway, and before that Grand Boulevard, so with the new name came the neighborhood name.