3105 W. Irving Park Road,
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Previously operated by: Gumbiner Bros.
Previous Names: Cine' Olympia
The Commodore Theatre was built for the Gumbiner Brothers circuit in 1921 on Chicago’s North Side. It stood on W. Irving Park Road at N. Albany Avenue. This 966-seat theatre served as a popular neighborhood movie house until closing in 1981. It re-opened for a while as the Cine' Olympia.
It fell into disrepair, and began to be used for illegal activities. For years, the residents of the surrounding neighborhood appealed to the city of Chicago to have the dangerous former movie house razed but it wasn’t until late-1990 that the Commodore Theatre was finally demolished and afterward, a strip mall built on the site.
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