Park West

322 W. Armitage Avenue,
Chicago, IL 60614

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Previously operated by: Ascher Brothers Inc.

Architects: Fred Prather

Functions: Concerts, Special Events

Previous Names: Lane Court Theatre, Town Theatre, Town Underground Theatre

Phone Numbers: Box Office: 773.929.5959

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Opened November 25, 1916 for the Ascher Brothers circuit as the Lane Court Theatre, this theatre originally sat close to 1,000, and presented both movies and vaudeville acts. It was equipped with a Kimball organ. Located in the Lincoln Park neighborhood at W. Armitage Avenue (which was then known as Center Street) and N. Clark Street, the Lane Court Theatre was later renamed the Town Theatre, and became a burlesque house. By the 1960’s, it was showing adult movies, which it continued to do until it became the Town Underground Theatre screening independent movies from April 14, 1967.

In 1977, the Town Underground Theatre was converted into a concert venue, renamed the Park West, and has served in this capacity ever since. Artists such as Tina Turner, Prince, and Eurythmics have performed the Park West, making the 750-seat theatre one of Chicago’s most popular smaller concert venues. The theatre is also used for special events.

Contributed by Bryan Krefft

Recent comments (view all 26 comments)

rivest266 on November 14, 2016 at 3:08 am

This opened on April 14th, 1967 as the Town Underground. Its grand opening ad uploaded.

okcray on January 6, 2017 at 5:35 am

Aaron Gold led off his Tower Ticker column on Thursday, October 18, 1973 with “Another X-rated movie house bites the dust… the Town Theater on Armitage is being remodeled into a 500-seat dinner playhouse with projected mid-December opening date”. The last ad for the Town appeared in the Tribune three days earlier (October 15, 1973) and featured a triple bill of “Venice Nightmare”, “Virginia the Maid” and “The Pick-Off”. My last two times seeing concerts at the Park West were over 20 years ago (November 1995, Cathy Richardson Band cd release party and concert; November 1997, Paula Cole and Jennifer Trynin).

Llbyes on May 18, 2017 at 7:07 pm

Does anyone know if The Roots played here in early/mid 1990’s?

DavidZornig on August 7, 2017 at 10:29 pm

1962 photo added credit Theresa Altgilbers.

DavidZornig on April 29, 2020 at 4:59 pm

Jam Productions downloadable coloring book of the Park West and other theatres.–+Jam+Mail+List&utm_campaign=b5807b82ef-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2017_08_01_COPY_02&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_1cddcb52a5-b5807b82ef-247204449&mc_cid=b5807b82ef&mc_eid=2a384cf67a

DavidZornig on May 28, 2020 at 5:29 pm

Circa 1954 photo as Lane Court Theatre added credit Mike Harpe. Note CinemaScope beneath the marquee.

DavidZornig on May 30, 2020 at 3:43 pm

Roger Ebert’s 1973 review of “Deep Throat” at the Town Theatre.

DavidZornig on July 27, 2021 at 9:07 pm

It was still the Town Theatre in a Spring 1964 Old Town guide book.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on November 11, 2021 at 11:20 pm

This paragraph about the Lane Court Theatre appeared in Moving Picture World for March 10, 1917, as part of an article about the Ascher Bros. circuit:

“The Lane Court theater, on Lane Court and Center street, was opened to the public on Saturday, November 25, 1916. This is one of the most recent acquisitions to the Ascher chain. Henry W. Peters was chosen to manage this house, and the Ascher policy is being maintained in the selection of the programs. Only the latest feature releases are shown with a daily change in the entire program. The musical accompaniment is furnished by a five-piece orchestra and a pipe organ. An unusual ventilating system has been installed in this building, the air being introduced and exhausted from the side walls, thus eliminating any possibility of draft and dust. There are 1,000 seats in the auditorium, upholstered in leather. The house has no gallery.”

DavidZornig on February 13, 2024 at 11:14 am

11/13/81 video of the Park West. Fans waiting in line to buy tickets for a surprise Genesis show.

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