Oak Theatre

2000 N. Western Avenue,
Chicago, IL 60647

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Architects: David Saul Klafter, John Edmund Oldaker Pridmore

Styles: Art Deco, Gothic Revival

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Oak Theatre

The Oak Theatre opened in 1910, in the Logan Square neighborhood, as a vaudeville and movie house. It was designed by J.E.O. Pridmore. The theatre featured a balcony, and large stage, with Moorish interior decor. The exterior, of red brick, featured an elaborate terra-cotta facade in Neo-Gothic style.

The theater was remodeled in 1930 in Art Deco style by David Saul Klafter. During the 1970’s and 1980’s, it became an adult theater.

In 1992, it reopened as a concert venue. However, in 1995, it closed again, and was torn down that same year. A drive-thru bank was located on the site of the Oak Theatre, but had closed by June 2019.

Contributed by Bryan Krefft

Recent comments (view all 46 comments)

DavidZornig on February 14, 2018 at 7:38 pm

Circa 1931 photo added courtesy of the Old West Town Facebook page.

Mister_Comics on April 17, 2019 at 3:10 pm

Newspaper ads for this theater list the address as 2004 N. Western, but papers have been known to make mistakes. See posted ad in the “Photo” section.

DavidZornig on April 17, 2019 at 5:04 pm

Posted previously:

DavidZornig on October 12, 2013 at 11:55 pm

The address needs to be changed to 2000 N. Western. Check the 1993 flier I posted in the Photos Section. Several Chicago Tribune articles from 1992 also confirm the address.


Filmteknik on June 23, 2019 at 6:05 pm

Not surprised the photos posted by the former Oak stripper were removed but wished her (text) reminiscences could have remained.

DavidZornig on June 23, 2019 at 6:13 pm

I agree. The Admins should have just removed the racier photos, and left her comment as it applied to the history of the Oak. I hope they change their mind and return it to the comments.

DavidZornig on June 29, 2019 at 10:23 pm

The drive-thru bank on the Oak Theatre site is now permanently closed. Likely the victim of the 5/3rd Bank takeover of MB, who consolidated former MB locations and closed others completely.

DavidZornig on July 7, 2019 at 5:33 pm

The homeless have now set up camp in the former drive through bank lanes.

Filmteknik on August 3, 2019 at 2:37 pm

Hi Linda! Glad you reposted. I saved the pictures (❤️) since I figured they’d be removed but didn’t think I’d need to save the text so glad it’s back. I love reading first hand accounts.

Life's Too Short
Life's Too Short on August 9, 2022 at 6:00 pm

The old Oak Theater site is being redeveloped again.

RickB on August 11, 2022 at 4:01 am

The redevelopment will be a five-story building with 20 residential units and street-level retail. Block Club Chicago story here.

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