Citywide Theater List


Theater Location Built Opened Seats Present Condition Notes
Eagle 3324 S Morgan 299 a,c,k,s
E.A.R. 6839 S Wentworth 1915 890 Closed 1952 a,b,c,k
Earl (Apollo) 526 E 47th 1909 2/9/20 Demolished d,p
East Side 10108 S Ewing 1922 11/4/22 800 a,b,c,g,h,k
Easterly 2766 N Lincoln 537 Retail store a,b,c,k
Eden 2409 W Harrison j(1914)
Edna 4138 W North j(1913)
Edward 2419 S Wentworth 299 a,c,j(1916),k,s(1911)
Eighteenth Street 1343 W 18th 270 a,j(1913),k
Elba 3115 S Indiana 1912 p
Elite 40th and Grenshaw j(1913)
Elite 6850 S Wentworth j(1913)
Ellentee (Ridge) 1550 W Devon 1917 3/1/19 1480 Hardware store a,b,c,k
Elm 1145 N Larrabee j(1913)
Elmo 2406 W Van Buren 1913 780 Demolished a,c,k,p,s
Elston 3167 N Elston 299 b,c,j(1916),k,s(1921)
Embassy 3940 W Fullerton 1926 9/2/26 1400 Demolished b,c
Emerald 7815 S Halsted j(1913)
Emmett 4340 S Wentworth 556 a,b,c,k
Empire 673 W Madison 1281 a,b,c,k
Empress 6226 S Halsted 1912-13 1440 Demolished c,k,p
Englewood 726 W 63rd 1912-13 1589 Demolished b,c,k,p
Era 2408 N Western 300 c
Erie 641 N Clark 610 Demolished a,c,k
Esquire E Oak near Michigan 1937 1400 Movie theater
Esthena 3743 N Southport 299 Became Blaine Th. a,s
Evelyn 2806 W Chicago j(1913)
Ewing 10126 S Ewing 248 c,k
Famous 3644 W Chicago 600 Church a,b,c,j(1916),k
Fashion 557 S State 242 Demolished a,b,c,k
Favorite 4340 N Western 299 Demolished c1926 j(1913),s
Federal 218 E 61st j(1913-14)
Fischer’s Paramount 36 S State a
Florence 610 E 50th j(1914)
Florence 2407 W Chicago j(1914-16)
Folly 526 S State b
Fountain 344 E 35th j(1913)
Francis 2405 W Roosevelt 287 Demolished b,c,j(1913),k
Francisco 2917 W Madison 299 Demolished j(1916),s(1922)
Franklin 328 E 31st 1908-09 730 Demolished a,b,c,k,p
Frolic 951 E 55th 1915 899 Demolished a,b,c,k,p
Fountain 344 E 35th
Gaelic 2425 W 47th 1914 299 a,b,c,j(1916),k,p
Garden 3305 N Marshfield 1077 Demolished a,c,k
Garden 1219 W Taylor 265 Demolished a,b,c,k
Garfield 49 E Garfield j(1913)
Garfield 5535 S Halsted 300 a,c,j(1916),k
Garfield 2844 W Madison 1909 700 Demolished a,b,c,g,k,s
Garrick (Schiller) 64 W Randolph 1892 1257 Demolished 1961 b,c,k
Gateway 5216 W Lawrence 1930 2045 Cultural center
Gayety Hippodrome 9205 S Commercial 850 Burned 1982; demolished a,b,c
Gem 450 S State 434 Demolished a,b,c,k
Glamour 220 W 63rd j(1913)
Glee 4020 N Lincoln j(1913-15)
Glen 2852 W Armitage 299 Demolished c,s(1921),k
Glickman’s Palace See listing for Palace Opera House. a,b
Gold 3411 W Roosevelt 1914 8/8/14 752 Demolished a,b,c,k
Granada 6427 N Sheridan 1926 9/18/26 3700 Demolished 1990 b,c
Grand 411 E 43rd 500 Church j(1916),s(1925)
Grand 1808 W 47th j(1913)
Grand 1525 S Crawford 299 Disused a,b,c,j(1916),k
Grand 3435 W North 565 Demolished a,b,c,k
Grand 3110 S State 1910 800 Demolished a,b,c,k
Granville 6161 N Broadway 1913 Retail store j(1913-15)
Grayland 3940 N Cicero 1909 299 Retail store a,b,c,k,s,t
Grove 7620 S Cottage Grove 1925-26 5/12/26 1946 Disused b,c
Groveland 3123 S Cottage Grove 400 b,c
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 Daily 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; (u) opening date based on Moving Picture World coverage of the event.

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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