Chicago’s Once-Grand Movie Palaces

posted by ThrHistoricalSociety on March 28, 2016 at 2:10 pm


From the Avalon to the Uptown, Chicago Magazine explored the city’s historic theatres. Enjoy the article and great photos along with notes like these about the Uptown Theatre:

“With its opening-day marquee announcing ”An Acre of Seats in a Magic City,” the 4,381-seat Uptown is the largest freestanding theatre in the country. It’s also one of the most lavish movie palaces ever built. The crown jewel of the Balaban and Katz theatre chain, the Uptown, with its marble floors, intricate frescoes, and 24-karat gold and silver leaf designs, reflects the period’s extravagances…”

Enjoy the article here:

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