4712 S. Prairie Avenue,
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Firms: Grossman & Proskauer
Previous Names: 20th Century Theater
The 20th Century theater was opened in 1913, located in the Grand Boulevard neighborhood on Prairie Avenue at 47th Street. The theater was originally part of the Alfred Hamburger circuit. It was one of a series of theaters located near El stations designed by the architectural firm of Grossman and Proskauer. Others included the Morse and Panorama.
It was renamed the Public Theater in 1931 and suffered a fire in 1944. Since closing as a movie theater in 1952, it has received a new facade and has served since 1960 as the Christian Tabernacle Baptist Church.
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