9205 S. Commercial Avenue,
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Previously operated by: Indiana-Illinois Theaters
Architects: Lawrence Monberg
Firms: Monberg & Wagner
Previous Names: Teatro Gayety
The Gayety Theatre opened in 1908 as a vaudeville and motion picture theatre, later changing over to movies only.
The Gayety Theatre was located on Commerical Avenue, the South Chicago neighborhood’s main retail district. Next door to the theatre was the equally-popular Gayety Soda Shop. The theatre was remodelled in 1937 to the plans of Chicago based architect Lawrence Monberg of architectural firm Monberg & Wagner.
In 1957, the Gayety Theatre switched from first-run features to Spanish-language films, reflecting the change in the populace of the neighborhood from heavily Eastern European to mainly Latino. It was from then on called the Teatro Gayety.
A fire gutted the Teatro Gayety in May of 1982, and the theatre was demolished not long after, replaced by a fast food restaurant.
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