Citywide Theater List


Theater Location Built Opened Seats Present Condition Notes
Oak 2004 N Western 1910 1046 Demolished a,b,c,k
Oakland 3863 S Cottage Grove 450 Former Swanson Th; demolished j(1916),s(1912)
Oakland Square 3947 S Drexel 1916 3/4/16 1425 Demolished a,b,c,k
Oakley 2320 W Chicago 1917 11/25/17 990 Art center a,b,c,k
Ogden 2336 W 12th j(1914)
Ogden 1114 W 63rd j(1913)
Ogden 2762 W Ogden Demolished b,c
Olympia 4619 S Ashland 582 a,b,c,k
Ontario 13407 S Brandon a,k
Orchard 659 W North 448 a,b,c,k
Oriental 2536 W North j(1913)
Oriental 20 W Randolph 1926 5/8/26 3250 Theater b,c
Orpheum 112 S State 1908 9/-/07 762 b,c,k
Orpheus 1611 W Roosevelt 1913 876 a,b,c,k
Orsini 2723 N Clark j(1913)
Overland 1158 W 18th 270 Demolished a,b,c,j(1916),k,s
Owl 4653 S State 1916 1/28/17 944 Demolished a,b,c,k
Palace Opera House (Glickman’s Palace) 1141 S Blue Island 1908 1433 Demolished j(1913-17),k,r,s
Palace 34 S Halsted 209 a,j(1913),k
Palace 4854 S Ashland 1913 Disused j(1916),r(1925)
Palace 1826 S Halsted 503 Retail store a,b,c,j(1916),k
Palace 159 W Randolph 1926 10/4/26 2500 Theater c
Palais Royal 1708 W Madison 432 Demolished a,b,c,j(1916),k
Palm 4247 W Irving Park 1912-13 p
Palmer 3224 W Armitage
Panorama 51st and Prairie 1913 2/1/13
Pantheon 4650 N Sheridan 1918 9/11/18 1582 Demolished a,b,c,k
Paradise 231 N Pulaski 1926 9/14/28 3500 Demolished b,c
Paramount 2648 N Milwaukee 1915 10/2/15 988 Movie theater a,b,c,k
Paris 618 S State 274 c,k
Park 1149 W 51st j(1913)
Park 5962 W Lake 1913 6/28/13 586 Demolished a,c,k
Park 6916 N Clark 300 s
Park Manor 321 E 69th 1914 220 Closed 1950 a,b,c,k
Parkside 1548-50 N Clark 1916 932 Movie theater a,c,k
Parkside 5835 W Belmont 1936 1600 Demolished
Parkway (Drury Lane) 2738 N Clark 1910 5/15/12 752 a,b,c,k,u
Parkway 11053 S Michigan 774 a,b,c,k
Parnell 3717 S Wallace j(1913)
Pastime 66 W Madison 403 a,b,c,k
Pastime 750 W 79th 290 Retail store b,c,j(1916)
Patio 6008 W Irving Park 1926 1/29/27 1500 Closed 2001 b,c
Paulina 1335 N Paulina 1912-13 834 Demolished a,b,c,k,p,s
Peerless 3955 S Grand Blvd 1917 904 a,c,k
Peoples 1620 W 47th 1918 1919 1850 Demolished a,b,c,k,p
Pershing (Davis) 4614 N Lincoln 1918 1480 Movie theater a,b,c,k
Pershing (New Pershing) 716 W Roosevelt 633 a,c,k
Pete’s International 9223 S Commercial a,b
Phoenix 3104 S State Demolished a,c
Piccadilly 1443 E Hyde Park 1926 1/24/27 2892 Demolished (lobby remains) b,c
Pickford 108 E 35th 754 a,b,c,k
Picture Palace 4439 N Clark j(1913-14)
Pilsen 3206 W 26th 296 a,b,c,k
Pilsen 1845 S Blue Island j(1913)
Pine Grove Sheridan, east of Broadway
Pioneer 4015 N Narragansett 300 Retail store c,k
Plaisance 466 N Parkside 519 a,b,c,k
Plaisance 652½ E 63rd 300 j(1917-28),k,s
Plaisir 3947 N 40th 516 j(1913),s
Playhouse 410 S Michigan Disused b,k
Plaza 308 W North 1909 1195 a,b,c,k
Portage Park 4050 N Milwaukee 1920 12/11/20 1970

Movie Theater

a,b,c,k
Prairie 5748 S Prairie 1915 902 a,c,k
Premier 1237 N Ashland 218 j(1913),s
President 341 E Garfield 1912 a
Princess 319 S Clark Demolished b,k
Princess 1324 N Western j(1913)
Progress 4446 S State j(1913)
Queen 2543 W North 316 a,b,c,k
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 listing 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: 25 April 2015

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