Joyland Theatre

614 S. State Street,
Chicago, IL 60605

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Previous Names: Chicago Theatre

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Chicago Theatre presumably during conversion to the Joyland Theatre.

This theatre opened in 1909 as the Chicago Theatre. In 1930 it was renamed Joyland Theatre. It was closed in 1951. The theatre stood on S. State Street at the corner of W. Harrison Street in the South Loop. It has been demolished.

Contributed by Bryan Krefft

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Ken Roe
Ken Roe on September 1, 2007 at 5:47 am

The Chicago Theatre was re-named Joyland in 1930 and it closed in 1951.

RickB on February 15, 2012 at 6:28 pm

The theater in the picture looks like it would have been numbered 366. If I’m reading this 1902 street map correctly, house numbers on State Street reached 321 at or near Congress before the renumbering in 1909, so I think 366 for a site south of Harrison would not be out of the question.

DavidZornig on May 22, 2013 at 4:53 pm

The photo I added posted before I could finish it’s description. It is the Chicago Theatre presumably after it closed in 1951. Photo courtesy of IIRC via Scott Grieg via the Forgotten Chicago FB page.

davidplomin on September 9, 2013 at 8:18 pm

According to the great shot posted on this site, it looks like the bottom front is boarded up, ready for demolition. The name change probably happened sometime after the Chicago Theater at State and Lake opened in 1921.

DavidZornig on August 4, 2015 at 8:10 pm

I added Broan’s LIFE Magazine photo to the album. In case the link goes dead. It is from 1943 based on the John Wayne film “In Old Oklahoma”.

DavidZornig on March 31, 2020 at 7:26 pm

Circa 1961 photo added via Mase Mason.

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