Hoyne Theatre

2110 W. Roscoe Street,
Chicago, IL 60618

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The Hoyne Theatre opened in 1911 on Roscoe Street at Hoyne Avenue, for Edward Rice, who also owned the nearby Seeley Theatre (later renamed Roscoe Theatre). It could seat 299. The Hoyne Theatre is listed in the Film Daily Year Books until 1929. By the 1940’s, a hardware store is listed at this address. The former theatre has since been demolished and a retail/residential building has been built on the site.

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richardg on January 10, 2005 at 6:55 pm

The Hoyne theatre was also known as the Roscoe theatre and survivied into the 1950’s. I first dicovered it as a youngster in the mid 1950’s, but it was already closed by that time. Although I never saw the inside of the Hoyne/Roscoe theatre, I do remember its exterior was tiny. The ticket booth was located between the two sets of double doors constituted the entrance. While trying to located some pictures of other Chicago theatres via long distance, I talked to a woman who lived in what is now referred to as Roscoe village. She told me that the theatre hosted teen dances well into the 1960’s. There was a nice “soda shop” several doors from the theatre as well as an excellent German bakery.

Broan on November 27, 2006 at 4:01 pm

In 1956 it was remodeled into quarters for the Shleswig-Holsteiner-Sangerbund club, one of chicago’s oldest german musical clubs.

Broan on November 27, 2006 at 4:02 pm

It also originally had a capacity of 650

Broan on March 8, 2009 at 3:22 pm

The first two comments actually refer to the Roscoe/Seeley theatre.

Broan on March 8, 2009 at 3:23 pm

As does much of the description.

Khnemu on November 27, 2016 at 11:17 am

From The Nickelodeon November 1, 1910:

Plans are being prepared for a one and two-story store and theater building, 48 by 125 feet, at Roscoe street and Hoyne avenue, Chicago, to be of brick construction, with ornamental plaster front, steam heating, and have a seating capacity for 299.

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