6226 S. Halsted Street,
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Previously operated by: Nokimos Theaters
Firms: Rapp & Rapp
The Empress Theatre opened in 1913, located in the Englewood neighborhood of Chicago, one of a handful of theatres in the South Halsted Street and 63rd Street business district, including the Englewood Theatre, National (Ace) Theatre and Stratford Theatre. The architect was J.E.O. Pridmore with George Lesley Rapp of architectural firm Rapp & Rapp.
Originally a legitimate theatre, it later turned to vaudeville and finally switched over to movies by the 1920’s, and it would remain a movie house until closing in the 1970’s.
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