Lincoln Hall

2424 N. Lincoln Avenue,
Chicago, IL 60614

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JeffCarlson on January 7, 2007 at 3:04 pm

I’m sorry but the 3 Penny was a dump. Lack of parking also played a major part in this venue’s inability to do a decent business. There are several smaller theaters in the area (like the Davis) that seem to be able to meet their tax obligations just fine.

KenC on November 22, 2006 at 7:59 pm

A correction: “DEEP THROAT” had its Chicago premiere at the Admiral theatre on Friday, May 19, 1972. Months later, it played the Town theatre.

KenC on November 5, 2006 at 7:11 pm

The 3 Penny Cinema did not have the Chicago premiere of “DEEP THROAT”. That distinction goes to the Town theatre (aka Park West). The 3 Penny did show- I think first run- “THE DEVIL IN MISS JONES” , another notorious -and wildly popular- X rated film.

Paul Fortini
Paul Fortini on September 28, 2006 at 1:42 pm

An interesting take on the 3 Penny:

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This is from the Chicagoist website.

Paul Fortini
Paul Fortini on June 27, 2006 at 7:58 am

Please refer to my above comment about the city’s tax structure. The 8% amusement tax from the city simply makes it hard for the little guy to stay in business. Why can’t these taxes be on a sliding scale? The full amount for larger corporations like AMC and Keresotas, less for smaller chains like Village and for the indy guys.

But according to the Crain’s article in the above post, the opening of Landmark’s Century Cinema really put a dent into this guy’s business, although I wonder whether or not the 3 Penny saw an increase in patronage after the closure of the Biograph.

rroberts on June 27, 2006 at 2:29 am

According to Cranes Business Magazine, the owner, Mr. Burrows allegedly owes $100,000 in City of Chicago amusement taxes.View link

Broan on June 22, 2006 at 10:57 am

The Three Penny is closed, at least temporarily. Large stickers reading ‘Business Closed By Order of City of Chicago 6-20-2006 Office of Business Affairs and Licensing’ are on the doors. The website says the closing is temporary.

Broan on April 25, 2006 at 7:00 pm

When it was converted to a garage and machine shop in 1918, it was apparently called the Lincoln Theater.

Paul Fortini
Paul Fortini on April 21, 2006 at 4:49 pm

I went here to see NEIL YOUNG, HEART OF GOLD tonight. Unfortunatley, this theatre may not be around mcuh longer. I was talking to the owner and he said that they City of Chicago is trying to force him out of business. He is having trouble meeting the city amusement tax, which is gouging him.

When are cities like Chicago going to learn that if you want small businesses to succeed, you DON’T tax them to death? Chicago has become a place where only Starbucks and McDonalds can succeed and not some neighborhood coffee house or burger joint.

The Three Penny has character, reasonable prices, inexpensive concessions and plays great films. Sigh! I guess this means that we must get rid of it immediately!

Paul Fortini
Paul Fortini on January 23, 2006 at 11:38 am

This theatre is very claustrophobic! But it is nice to see a neighborhood place still in business.

Per Cinemajunkie’s comment, I believe that Village (or whoever owned the building) received a good offer to sell the Biograph.

Broan on September 26, 2005 at 3:59 pm

In 1914, ads refer to the theater as ‘Fullerton’. Perhaps the Crest name came later.

JohnSanchez on June 28, 2005 at 5:26 am

It seems as though the 3 Penny is showing first run as much as art house films (though it appears the art house films are second run). Currently they are showing “Layer Cake” which has been out for a few months and “Kontroll” which played at Landmark’s Century Theater last month. Yet this Firday they will be playing “War of the Worlds” and “Mr and Mrs Smith.” I certainly hope they don’t abandon art house films altogether and would love to see them play more revivals as they have in the past. One interesting footnote: The 3 Penny was the theater that “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” has its Chicago premiere (in first run) back in 1975.

cinemajunkie on June 3, 2005 at 6:18 am

The thing I can’t understand is how can 3 Penny keep surviving but Biograph seemed unable to stay afloat? It is not like I want 3 Penny to close anything but the Biograph is across the street and people seemed like they just didn’t want to go to Biograph .

rkm3612 on May 1, 2005 at 3:17 am

I went to see the ‘Magical Mystery Tour’ there in the mid-seventies. I didn’t know anything about the theater at the time.

Broan on March 21, 2005 at 11:41 am

A chciago reader article on Jim Burrows indicates that it wasn’t actually twinned until December, 1989

JohnSanchez on March 21, 2005 at 10:09 am

Ken, I haven’t been there in about 2 years or so but the way you describe it sounds just about right. The seats are terribly uncomfortable. We had gone to see a double bill of “The Last Detail” and “Shampoo” and by the time the second feature was over we were numb from the pain. Hopefully they will take some profit money, assuming they are still profitable, and get new seats.

kenraney on March 18, 2005 at 8:29 am

I’d be interested in how the 3 Penny looks now as well. Though I haven’t been there in over 25 years I can tell you that during the 70’s it didn’t have a “70’s” vibe. As I recall it the theater was little more than a big box. Seems it had those old wooden theater seats too. Or am I imagining that?

br91975 on March 17, 2005 at 5:39 pm

What’s the overall interior decor of the 3 Penny? Does it have a heavy ‘70s vibe (i.e., the twinning of the auditorium space during that era) or does it bespeak something more current?

kenraney on March 17, 2005 at 1:56 pm

I remember the 3 Penny from when I lived in Chicago. It ran many offbeat films that you just couldn’t see anywhere else. The theater was definitely lacking in frills. Often when we missed the start of a feature across the street at the Biograph we’d end up at the 3 Penny. Last film I saw there was Dawn of the Dead by George Romero. It’s still one of my favorite zombie films. I guess that was 1978-79.
I can see it as a nickelodeon. At the time I figured it was a theater that somone just didn’t spend much money on designing or building. Being from 1912 the theater design seems much more appropriate.

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