3104 S. State Street,
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Previously operated by: O.C. Hammond & Sons
Architects: Henry L. Newhouse
Firms: Newhouse & Bernham
Previous Names: Grand Theatre
This theater, located on South State Street at 31st Street opened in 1906, as the Grand Theatre. In 1911, after a new and larger Grand Theatre opened just a couple doors down State Street, the old Grand Theatre was acquired by the O.C. Hammond circuit and renamed the Phoenix Theatre, becoming a movie house.
The Phoenix Theatre closed in 1928 before switching to sound films, and the building, like its replacement nearby, the Grand Theatre, was razed in the late-1950’s, to make was for the campus of the Illinois Institue of Technology (IIT).
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Now there is a really ugly building there.
There was also a Phoenix Theatre that was part of the White City at the 1893 World’s Fair, located at 63rd Street and South Park Avenue.
Well, I’ve just been corrected. The White City Amusement Park was the location of the previously named Phoenix Theatre. It was built in 1905, 8 years after the 1893 fair. But likely trying to play off the White City name. The 63rd & South Park Avenue location is still correct though.