Sheridan Theatre

4036 N. Sheridan Road,
Chicago, IL 60613

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Sheridan Theatre, Chicago, IL in 1928

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The Sheridan Theatre was built in 1927, by Chicago-based architect J.E.O. Pridmore, who later designed the Nortown (1931), in Chicago’s Rogers Park neighborhood.

The Sheridan sat a little over 2600 in its balconied auditorium, which featured, like San Francisco’s Castro, a mock-tented ceiling, ringed by a Roman-style freize depicting a procession of gods. The Sheridan also had a small stage, an orchestra pit and organ. Unlike Pridmore’s other theaters, which were mostly atmospheric in style, the Sheridan was a neo-classical/Italian Baroque combination, complete with Corinthian columns, Roman statuary, and a proscenium arch topped by golden lions supporting a crowned shield.

After the Sheridan was closed in 1951, it was acquired by a synagogue which used the former theater for their house of worship for fifteen years, until moving to another home. In the early 1970s, the Sheridan was reopened again for movies, this time Spanish-language, and renamed the Teatro El Palacio. It lasted into the early 90s, when the theater again closed and was demolished.

Contributed by Bryan Krefft, Ray Martinez

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KenC
KenC on November 5, 2008 at 7:29 pm

To David and charles 1954: If memory serves, the club on the corner of Irving and Sheridan was BERLITZ. It did have a vertical sign with a black background and green neon letters.On the Sheridan Rd. side, it had a horizontal sign- facing west, of course.

DavidZornig
DavidZornig on November 26, 2008 at 3:04 pm

Ah, BERLITZ. I did recall it right on 8/22. I remember often seeing their bright, vertical neon from the “L” in the `70’s. Ironic that it went from being a bar to a clinic.

DavidZornig
DavidZornig on April 14, 2009 at 9:21 pm

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Life's Too Short
Life's Too Short on March 4, 2010 at 10:53 am

I remember how big this building looked when you stood right in front of it. Driving by the lot today it doesn’t seem like the theatre would fit on it.

CompassRose
CompassRose on March 1, 2011 at 11:48 pm

Photos of the Sheridan from the 1930s: Sheridan Theater.

rivest266
rivest266 on June 27, 2012 at 3:57 pm

This opened on February 12th, 1927. The grand opening ad is in the photo section for this theatre.

BobBill
BobBill on January 7, 2014 at 1:09 pm

Amazing reminder…I lived about half-block south at 3955 Sheridan Road, south across Irving Park Road from the Beritz bar, across the street from the Sheridan Restaurant.

The Sheridan really did not look like much from the outside, unless you happen to go in the back of the building.

The theater was immense and beautiful. It had spacious bathrooms down stairs, a real full mezzinine, two-tiered balcony and boxes from the vaudeville period. Better then the Uptown and rivaled the Granada, maybe even the Oriental in the Loop.

One cannot begin to describe how magnificent it was…brass rails, huge chandeliers, may have had a small fountain and pool…

It might have also had its very own water tower atop in back.

I recall more, I will return and enter it…spent a lot of time there and was heart broken it close and became Anshe Emet Synagog for a time.

Our family moved north to Andersonville and sort of lost touch…

BobBill
BobBill on January 7, 2014 at 1:19 pm

I have to retract my comment about the Sheridan not looking like much from the front, after the pic link supplied by KenC MCIntyre…I forgot about the front. The reddish marble stone was part of the synagogue.

That pic does give one an idea how immense and grand the house was…

The bar that is mentioned by Ken C was the Beritz. Black reflective marble outsides…was a honky tonk joint when I live across the street…live music and more in the 40s through the 50s.

telliott
telliott on January 7, 2014 at 2:05 pm

Wow, they tore THIS down?! Shameful

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