1560 Sherman Avenue,
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Architects: John Edmund Oldaker Pridmore
Styles: Art Deco
Previous Names: Evanston Theater, Evanston Strand Theater, New Evanston Theater
Originally called the Evanston Theater, a vaudeville-turned-movie house built in 1911. In 1917 it was renamed Evanston Strand Theater. In 1922 it was renamed New Evanston Theater. This theater was completely rebuilt in 1932 as the Valencia Theater, with increased seating for around 950 and Art Deco style decor.
The Valencia Theater was acquired by the Chicago-based Balaban & Katz chain not long after it reopened. It later was operated under B & K’s successor chains, ABC Theatres, and finally Plitt Theatres.
The Valencia Theater, one of downtown Evanston’s most popular movie houses, closed in 1975.
The Valencia Theater was demolished in 1975, replaced in the early-1980’s by an eighteen-story building that now houses the world headquarters of Rotary International.
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