Citywide Theater List


Theater Location Built Opened Seats Present Condition Notes
Rainbow 645 W 120th 1916 764 Demolished a,b,c,j(1916),k,p
Ramova 3518 S Halsted 1928-29 8/21/29 1160 Disused p
Randolph 14 W Randolph 1918 12/23/18 845 Demolished a,b,c
Ravina 2220 N Robey 287 Formerly White Eagle Th; became Jingles Th. a,k,s(1914)
Ravoli 4380 N Elston 1922-23 Community center b,p
Red Star 5610 S Wentworth j(1913)
Regal 4719 South Parkway 1927 2/4/28 3000 Demolished b,c
Regent 6746 N Sheridan 732 Closed 2009 b,c,k
Republlic 3918 N Lincoln j(1914)
Revelry 342 E 47th Closed 3/31/24; remodeled into retail store a
Rex 2340 W Madison 687 Demolished a,k,s(1916)
Rex 6848 S Racine 604 a,b,c,k
Rhodes E 79th at Rhodes 1937
Rialto 386 S State 1/22/17 1548 Demolished b,c,k
Riviera 4746 N Racine 1917 10/2/18 1945 Concert hall a,b,c,k
Rivoli 4380 N Elston 1922 1400 Community Center c,k
Robey 2007 W 22nd 300 Retail store a,k
Robey Madison and Robey j(1913)
Rockne 5821 W Division 1925 1500 Church
Rogers 2516 W Fullerton 487 Demolished a,b,c,k
Romano 7339 S Halsted j(1913)
Roosevelt 110 N State 1921 4/23/21 1591 Demolished a,b,c,k
Roscoe 3354 N Southport j(1913)
Rose 63 W Madison 299 a,b,c,k
Rose 2858 N Milwaukee 1914 707 Restaurant a,b,c,k
Roseland State 11020 S Michigan a,k
Roseland 11331 S Michigan 966 b,c,k
Rosette 2150 W 22nd 299 a,b,j(1916),k
Rosewood 1823 W Montrose 1916 999 Retail b,c,j(1924),k
Royal 749 N Clark j(1913)
Royal 1369 N Milwaukee 297 j(1914),s
Royal 1820 W 22nd j(1916)
Savoy 4346 W Madison 1912-13 486 Church a,b,c,d,k
Schell 5516 S Ashland j(1916)
Schindler’s 1005 W Huron 1053 a,b,c,k
Seeley 2042 W Roscoe 300 b,c,j(1916),k
Senate 3128 W Madison 1920-21 2/12/21 3127 Demolished a,b,c,k
Shakespeare 942 E 43rd 1914 988 a,b,c,k
Sheerin’s 663 N Clark a,k
Sheridan 4040 N Sheridan 1927 2/12/27 2640 Demolished b,c
Sherman 1145 W Garfield j(1913)
Sherrin 663 N Clark 299 c
Shore

2507 E 75th 12/29/27 1500 Demolished b,c
Shubert 74 W Randolph b
Sittner’s Sedgwick and Division j(1911-24)
Sonotone 66 E Van Buren Demolished
Southport 3709 N Southport 300 Demolished a,s
Southtown 610 W 63rd 1931 12/25/31 3200 Demolished
Springfield 3857 W Roosevelt 290 a,b,c,k
Stadium 1803 S Blue Island 277 a,b,c,k
Standard 750 N Clark 397 a,b,c,k
Stanley 3010 E 79th 297 Restaurant a,b,c,k
Star 68 W Madison 1914 7/25/14 1500 a
Star 1455 N Milwaukee 1485 a,b,c,k
Star 1415 W Fullerton 298 Retail store c,j(1916),k
Star 8402 S Burley 299 j(1916),s(1923)
Star and Garter 815 W Madison 1907 1/19/08 1900 Demolished 1972 a,b,c,k
State 5814 W Madison 1925 1900 Demolished a,b
State-Lake 190 N State 1917-19 3/17/19 3000 Television studio a,b,c,k
States 3507 S State 1913 708 Demolished b,c,k
Stevens 3952 N Broadway j(1913-15)
Strand (New Strand) 2111 W Division 1915 733 Demolished a,c
Strand 3031 N Lincoln 1914 599 a,b,c,k
Stratford 715 W 63rd 1919 9/4/20 2500 Demolished a,b,c,k
Swanson 1516 W 14th j(1913)
Swanson 3861 S Cottage Grove 1908 11/18/08 600 Became Oakland Th; demolished
Symphony 4937 W Chicago 1927-28 Demolished p
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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