2743 W. Cermak Road,
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Previously operated by: Goodman & Harrison Theatres
Functions: Office Space
Previous Names: Parkway Theatre, Western Theatre, New Western Theatre
Opened in 1917 as the Parkway Theatre and later renamed the Western Theatre, this North Lawndale neighborhood theatre stood on W. 22nd Street (later renamed W. Cermak Road) at S. Fairfield Avenue, not far from Douglas Park. By 1923, it had become a dance hall, but a year later, shows up as the New Western Theatre. Finally renamed the West Theatre, it was operated from the 1940’s at least into the mid-1950’s as part of the Goodman & Harrison chain.
Today, the building which housed the West Theatre is used as a real estate office. Its elegant terra-cotta decorated facade with an arch over the main entrance is still unmistakably theatrical in appearance.
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