1005 W. Huron Street,
1005 W. Huron Street,Chicago, IL 60622
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My grandfather owned this theater for a very brief time. My mother often worked at the concession counter. My grandfather was robbed once at gunpoint in the theater office and my mother never forgot the episode. A tailor by trade, he was a poor businessman and let the kids in for pennies.
a 1946 Chicago newspaper movie listing contains a listing for SCHINDLERS, and the location shown in teeny-tiny ad print is ‘Milwaukee & Huron’
1954 yellow pages list this theater at 690 N. Milwaukee Avenue. If you look at the Google photo for that address, you see an old building which is in the middle of some drastic renovation.
It was open at least 1908-1951, had a balcony and was converted into a garage by 1953. It also had a sizable stage.
Angelo, how do you mean “a new sparking marquee”? Was it merely neon tubing that occasionally “sparked” or an actual sparking device? If a device, please describe it for us.
As a youngester I recall going to this theater. Children under twelve before 6 p.m. was 12 cents admission. The theater was not airconditoned but somehow was comfortable even on very hot days I recall posters on the outside of the building that read Movies direct from the Loop. During the late forties the owners remodled the lobby, installed all new seats and a new sparking marquee.
Fond memories of a time past