Citywide Theater Index


Index sections: Early Nickelodeons | A-B | C-D | E-G | H-J | K-L | M-N | O-Q | R-S | T-Z | Suburban

Theater Location Built Opened Seats Present Condition Notes
Abbey 723 E 47th j(1913)
Aberdeen 1059 W 59th j(1913)
Academy 16 S Halsted 1915 962 Demolished a,b,c,k,p
Acme (Temple) 5241 N Clark Retail stores
Adams 20 E Adams 1921 6/-/21 291 a,b,c,k
Adelphi 11 N Clark 1550 k
Adelphi 7074 N Clark 1917 11/10/17 1308 Closed 2002; demolished 2007 a,b,c,k
Admiral 4710 S Indiana j(1913)
Admiral 3940 W Lawrence 1925 1500 Adult theater b,c
Alamo 3639 W Chicago 1925-26 8/18/26 1556 Demolished b,c
Albany 3050 W Madison j(1913)
Albany Park (Albany) 3317 W Montrose 1915 12/9/15 300 a,b,c,k
Albany Square 1618 W 18th 293 k,s(1914)
Alcazar 69 W Madison 298 Demolished a,b,c,k
Alice 34 S Halsted Demolished a
Alma 5352 S Wentworth 292 a,b,c,k
Alpha 5419 S Ashland Office j(1913),k,s(1925)
Alpha 4717 N Robey 1911-12 j(1916),p
Alvin 860 E 63rd j(1913)
Alvin 1614 W Chicago 1913 540 Retail store a,b,c,k
Ambassador 5825 W Division 1925 10/20/25 2500 Church b,c,k
American 8 N Ashland 1913 1220 Demolished c,k
American 1252 N Milwaukee 1904 275 Retail store a,b,c,k,s,t
Americus 3437 W Ogden 664 Demolished c,j(1913-16),k
Annex 5152 S Halsted j(1913)
Angelus 124 E 51st j(1913)
Apollo Randolph near Clark
Apollo 530 E 47th 1909 696 Renamed Earl, 1920; demolished a,b,c,d,k,p
Archer 2008 W 35th 1910 1000 Retail store b,c,k,s
Argmore 1040 W Argyle 1913 625 Retail stores a,b,c,k,p
Aristo 2650 N Lincoln 600 Retail stores a,j(1913),k
Armitage 3553 W Armitage 1916 943 b,c,k,r,s
Arrow 1436 W Fullerton 1908 250 Apartments a,k,s,t
Ashland 1656 W 12th 290 Demolished j(1913),s
Ashland 1611 W Madison 1914 800 Demolished a,b,c,j(1914),k
Ashland Square 1618 W 18th 297 Demolished a,s
Astor 10 S Clark 1922 9/2/22 300 Demolished a,b,c,k
Atlantic 3950 W 26th 1917 1158 Retail stores a,b,c,k
Atlas 4711 S State 1914 695 Retail store a,c,r,s
Auburn 7835 S Halsted j(1913)
Auerbach’s 2111 W Division a
Austin 5619 W Madison 1913 533 Church a,c,k,r
Avaloe 2811 W Diversey 1927 11/23/27 299 Demolished b,c,s
Avalon 1675 E 79th 1926 8/29/27 2414 Performing arts center; closed 2003 b,c
Avenue 306 S Cicero 595 Demolished b,c
Avenue 3110 S Indiana 1913 636 Demolished b,c,k
Avers 3825 W 26th 1910 299 Retail store a,s,t
Avon 3327 W Fullerton 1914 750 Church a,b,c,k
Baird 5331 W Madison
Band Box Madison, near LaSalle 1915 10/16/15
Banner 1611 N Robey 796 Demolished 1952 a,c,j(1916),k,s,q
Barbee’s Loop 57 W Monroe Demolished a
Beach 1504 E Hyde Park ca. 1913 1000 Closed 1921; became bank; demolished j(1914-17)
Bell 1539 N Milwaukee 1912-13 600 Store r,s
Bell 3062-64 W Armitage 570 Demolished a,b,c,k,s
Bell 2407 W Madison 299 a,j(1913),k,s(1922)
Belmont 1635 W Belmont 1925 9/13/26 3252 Converted to condos, 1996-97 b,c
Bel-Park 3231 N Cicero 1926 3/11/27 2600 Bingo hall c
Ben Hur 306 S Cicero 1917 9/15/17 530 Also known as Avenue Th; demolished r,k
Bertha 4717 N Lincoln 1913 591 Retail stores a,b,c,k,p
Beverly 1545 W 95th 1935 6/4/35 1242 Church s
Bijou 300 S Halsted 1883 12/31/83 1300 Opened as Standard s
Bijou Dream 178 S State 1905 500 Closed 1922
Biltmore 2046 W Division 1920 1/15/21 1800 Demolished a,c,k
Biograph 2433 N Lincoln 1914 1000 Movie theater a,b,c,k
Bishop 1815 W Ogden 282 c,j(1913),k
Bismarck 1252 N Milwaukee 275 j(1915-17),s
Blaine 3743 N Southport 1912 299 Theater a,b,c
Bonita 6435 S Halsted Closed 1924 a
Boulevard 1606 W Garfield 1915 11/25/15 971 Demolished a,b,c,k
Bowen 3021 E 92nd 298 a,b,c,k
Bridgeport 2837 S Archer 1910 295 a,b,c,k,p
Brighton 2843 W 38th j(1913)
Brighton (Brighton Park) 4221 S Archer 1919-20 Closed 1991 a,c,k,p
Broadway 5206 N Broadway Closed 1918-21; became auto dealership j(1914-18)
Broadway Strand 1641 W Roosevelt 1917 11/10/17 1587 Demolished 1998 b,c,k
Brookline 7107 S South Chicago a,j(1913)
Bryn Mawr 1125 W Bryn Mawr 1912-13 780 Grocery store a,b,c,k,p
Buckingham 3319 N Clark 1913 965 Theater a,b,c,k
Bugg 3940 N Robey 1916-17 3/3/17 998 Demolished a,b,c,k,p
Burford’s 202 S State a
Burnside 9304 S Cottage Grove 282 a,b,c,j(1916),k
Burton 3830 S Indiana j(1913-16)
Burton’s 560 W Madison a
Butler 518 W 26th 299 Store a,b,c,k,s
Byrd 4730 W Madison 1917 1438 Demolished
Notes:
(a) Listed as “motion picture theater” in the 1923 edition of Polk’s City Directory; (b) listed as “motion picture theater” in the 1928-29 edition of Polk’s City Directory; (c) listed in The Film Daily 1929 Year Book; (d) data from Chicago Defender; (e) built/opened dates based on Billboard coverage of the event; (f) location based on Motion Picture News articles from the period; (g) opening date based on Motion Picture News coverage of the event; (h) seating capacity based on Motion Picture News articles from the period; (j) name and location based on Chicago Tribune theater listings; (k) listed in the 1926 Film Year Book; (p) construction dates based on city of Chicago building permit ledgers; (q) demolition date based on city of Chicago building permit ledgers; (r) date built from Sanborn Fire Insurance Company maps; (s) capacity from Sanborn Fire Insurance Company maps; (t) date built derived from Cook County Assessor’s Office records.

Other Considerations:
1. Locations, years built and razed, and opening dates have been compiled from a variety of sources, including theater advertisements, city directories, and fire insurance maps.
2. Seating capacities have been compiled primarily from those listed in fire insurance maps.
3. The present condition of the theater is indicated only if known and independently verified.
4. This database is under constant revision; new or more accurate information is added as additional research is completed.

Alternative Street Names:
12th=Roosevelt, 22nd=Cermak, Armitage=Center, Crawford=Pulaski, Evanston=Broadway, Grand Blvd=South Parkway=Martin Luther King Drive, Robey=Damen.

Last updated: 9 March 2009

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