Main Theatre

4815 W. Armitage Avenue,
Chicago, IL 60639

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Functions: Retail

Previous Names: Home Theatre

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This almost-300 seat theater opened as the Home Theatre around 1913 or 1914, located on Armitage Avenue (then called Center Street) and Cicero Avenue. The theater was renamed the Main Theatre about 1940 and closed during the 1950’s.

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Trolleyguy on August 23, 2004 at 6:23 pm

I drove by today and saw that the theater building is not demolished, but rather is being rehabbed, probably for retail. One can see the spaces in the front where the playbills were displayed.

For years, it has been used for storage, and the front always looked like a theater, with the ticket booth covered with metal.

GFeret on April 8, 2015 at 3:39 pm

I don’t remember the Main theatre back then here but in the 1980’s – early ‘90s I’d visit this address frequently when it was home to a locksmith shop run by the late Mr. Arthur Youngblood and his wife. While he may’ve been the cranky sort somehow I was probably the type to soften him up and he wound up being a big help to me servicing locks. When he passed on another neighborhood locksmith Bob Gruber & sons over on Central ave bought up his considerable stock (and for a short time Mr. Youngblood lived on, for me anyway). Now Mr. Gruber’s gone too and it’s Aguilar & sons (at the central ave locksmith store)

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