Aristo Theatre

2650 N. Lincoln Avenue,
Chicago, IL 60614

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Functions: Housing

Previous Names: American Theatre, Vanity Theatre

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Aristo Theatre, Chicago, IL

This Lincoln Park neighborhood theater opened as the American Theatre in 1910. In 1912, it was renamed the Aristo Theatre. Just before it closed in 1926, it had been renamed again, as the Vanity Theatre. The Aristo Theatre was located on Lincoln Avenue near Kenmore Avenue.

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Recent comments (view all 8 comments)

Broan on October 23, 2007 at 11:26 am

There’s a condo building on the site now but I can’t tell if it’s a heavily remodeled theater or new construction.

kencmcintyre on March 8, 2009 at 1:43 am

I think that building is too narrow to be a former theater. It may have been built after the old theater building was razed.

DavidZornig on March 8, 2009 at 1:55 am

Shoot, I just drove by this today. I’ll take a look next week.

Broan on March 8, 2009 at 1:55 am is the building I am referring to. This matches the theatre’s footprint. It hardly looks like an old building, but the back wall looks considerably older. And then compare to this pre-Renovation picture: HERE. Although it looks like a different building entirely initially, look at the columns and arched doorway. This is the same building, refaced, dating to roughly the theater’s age. I believe the columns are there to mark the theatre’s entrance.

DavidZornig on March 8, 2009 at 2:45 pm

Cool. I’d say you are correct.
I’ll swing by this one when I check out the former Roscoe Theater building near Seeley.

DavidZornig on March 11, 2009 at 8:33 pm

I drove by this place today. Completely different now than in
BWChicago’s pre-renovation pic.

It now has a much brighter drivit/stucco false front over everything that is pictured. But the building’s overall length & roof line appear to be the same.

LouRugani on May 23, 2022 at 10:16 pm

Not to be confused with a much-earlier Aristo Theatre at 1139 North California.

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