5035 S. Halsted Street,
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Previously operated by: Schoenstadt
Previous Names: Home Theatre
Built in 1914 for the Schoenstadt circuit as the Home, this theater was located on South Halsted Street near 50th Place. The Home originally contained a Reproduco organ. It closed in 1930, and was entirely rebuilt six years later and renamed the Radio Theatre.
The Radio showed final run movies as many as two years after playing the Loop movie palaces. The bill changed three times a week.
As you entered the lobby there was a large round blue Deco mirror. The auditorium had two aisles and a small stage was in front. The only time the stage was used was for the annual 14th Ward Democratic Christmas party for the neighborhood kids.
TV killed it in the early 1950’s and it became a meat packing storage facility. Today, the former theater serves as a church.
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