Howard Theatre

1621 W. Howard Street,
Chicago, IL 60626

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DavidZornig on May 31, 2022 at 6:48 pm

Howard Street Brewing Company uses the old Howard Theatre Building as it’s logo. They are located to the East in one of the storefronts in the Howard Theatre Building.

DavidZornig on March 26, 2021 at 10:08 am

Northwestern Library Digital Collections photo. Will enlarge within link.

DavidZornig on September 21, 2020 at 7:35 pm

Howard Terminal Yard, September 14, 1972, Photo credit Marty Bernard. Howard Theatre far left. Companion photo to one in gallery with blade sign.

DavidZornig on June 4, 2019 at 5:06 pm

Incredible December 1929 photo added, with illuminated domes.

DavidZornig on March 6, 2019 at 7:10 pm

Mid `40s Flickr photo. Howard theatre in the background.

DavidZornig on June 22, 2017 at 9:22 am

1970’s photo via Flickr, photo credit Mark Susina.

DavidZornig on January 27, 2017 at 6:22 pm

I added a few recent pics of the West elevation. Sadly all the old building perimeter light sockets have had blank plates installed over the boxes.

DavidZornig on October 12, 2015 at 5:33 pm

Theater spelling should be changed to “Theatre” at the page top. It appears that way in the arch stonework and on the marquee.

Mid `70’s photo added, photo credit Saul Smaizys.

DavidZornig on May 1, 2015 at 12:27 pm

Howard blade sign photo added. Howard Terminal Yard, September 14, 1972, Photo credit Marty Bernard

RickB on November 16, 2014 at 5:43 pm

The Howard disappears from the Tribune’s listings around Thanksgiving of 1975, with the last features that I found being a four-walled Sunn Classic double bill of The Outer Space Connection and Toklat. From the advertising style it looks like this was a Brotman & Sherman house in its later years, although the ads for the last couple weeks are generic listings separated from the Brotman & Sherman group.

RickB on November 9, 2014 at 6:17 pm

A little more poking around on the archives site reveals on the FAQ page that it will only be free while it is in beta status, so visit while you can.

RickB on November 9, 2014 at 6:02 pm

From the Chicago Tribune of April 27, 1978, a story on the ultimately unsuccessful attempt to renovate the theater building.

If you didn’t know that the Tribune had its archives online like that, neither did I until a few days ago. Who knows what treasures lie within?

CompassRose on February 20, 2011 at 9:03 am

View of the Howard from 1955: Howard 1955

0123456789 on September 11, 2010 at 5:46 pm

There was a balcony there, a few years after being abandoned the grand chandalier fell down as well as the whole balcony. The rest of the building is standing except the auditorium, and lobby.

DavidZornig on April 12, 2009 at 6:44 am

Reactivate notification status.

DavidZornig on February 19, 2009 at 1:50 pm

Opt out?… I’m there! Guess I let my WebTV run my life. Open the pod bay doors HAL.
Ironically I couldn’t post to CT until late last year, even though I’d signed up in 2004…Tech-NO-logy!

Thanks for all the clarifications & insight.

Broan on February 19, 2009 at 1:42 pm

The way to link directly to the pertinent page of the Tribune album would be to right click the link to that page number and “copy link location”. Pages in the tribune’s photo galleries do not require registration. Additionally, the email issue David describes is not accurate; you can in fact opt out of any emailing. LM is probably right; these photos should probably link to the Tribune’s own pages instead of being copied.

DavidZornig on February 19, 2009 at 1:26 pm

Oh, I see. Thanks Lost Memory. And thanks for the second of the previous links. I never knew of the Norshore Theatre, ad posted over there.

kencmcintyre on February 19, 2009 at 1:22 pm

If you’re interested in other Chicago photos besides just the theaters the Tribune has a pretty extensive collection here:

DavidZornig on February 19, 2009 at 1:03 pm

Wow, that second link took me right to a theater & pic I’d never heard of, the Norshore. Also on Howard Street. I learn something new everytime I visit CT. The larger link did go right to the Tribune site for me. But I’m then again I’m eternally signed in. Maybe I’ll try from another address.
But I agree with you that my original speculation appears wrong.

Your first link on the word “Here”, doesn’t signify that it’s from the Tribune. I’m not sure what the difference is between that and Ken Mc’s link. Am I missing something?

DavidZornig on February 19, 2009 at 12:39 pm

I know the question wasn’t for me. But it’s possible the photo had to be lifted out of the Tribune site, and re-posted in order to be seen by others.

I’ve tried to forward various Tribune articles to friends via their site in the past. And the Tribune site hides any attached story links until the addressee on the receiving end, registers & logs-in etc. to the Tribune’s liking.
Then they send you advertising updates that you can’t stop unless you un-register. You also then can’t access “their” news unless you re-register.
Unlike CT where one can browse freely without ever registering.
You’d think a newspaper that is openly on the ropes in a dying format, would make ease of access to itself a priority.
I’m not sure what CT’s policy is, but are photos OK if the proper credit is given for the source?

kencmcintyre on February 19, 2009 at 10:03 am

Here is an undated photo from the archives of the Chicago Tribune:

DavidZornig on August 29, 2008 at 11:06 am

I remember seeing “Little Big Man” with Dustin Hoffman at the Howard Theatre. It was around Christmas maybe 1971 or `72. When we went in it was sunny. When we came out, it was already dark and snowing profusely. After leaving the Howard we visited the then Rogers Park home of Chicago Artist Tom Skomski.
He was working on an exhibition that included plastic replicas of human arms.
After having just seen Custer’s massacre during the movie, my nightmares would now be complete.