858 E. 63rd Street,
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Previously operated by: Gollos Brothers
Firms: Grossman & Proskauer
Styles: Streamline Moderne
Previous Names: Drexel Theatre
Opened in 1912, the Drexel Theatre was located in the Woodlawn neighborhood, on E. 63rd Street at the intersection of S. Drexel Avenue. It sat near the larger Woodlawn Theatre, which opened a few years after the Drexel Theatre.
During the 1920’s, the theatre was part of the Fecher & Nortman circuit, which included other South Side theatres such as the Lexington Theatre, the Kimbark Theatre and the Harvard Theatre.
The Drexel Theatre was remodeled in a Streamline Moderne style in May 1940 to the plans of architect Erwin G, Federick and interior designer Hans Teichert. On April 10, 1940 it was renamed the Ark Theatre when it was operated as the flagship of the Gollos Brothers chain, and continued to operate at least through the 1960’s. The theatre has since been torn down.
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