7133 W. Grand Avenue,
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Previously operated by: Indiana-Illinois Theaters
Architects: William P. Whitney
Opened March 1, 1929, in the neighborhood of the same name, the Montclare Theatre sat about 1,200, and was for decades a first-run theatre until it was shuttered in 1985.
After closing, the former theatre fell into serious disrepair, its owner turning a deaf ear to demands to either fix it up or demolish it. It was used by gangs and was set ablaze several times.
By the mid-1990s, a concerned citizen’s group began to petition the city to seize the property, condemn and tear it down, which it finally did in December of 1996.
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