Village Art Theatre

1548-50 N. Clark Street,
Chicago, IL 60610

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imquirky on March 14, 2022 at 6:13 pm

I’m getting a flash from when I worked at the 1966 model Globe…

rivest266 on March 14, 2022 at 11:30 am

Reopened on December 28th, 1962 as Globe. Grand opening ad posted.

DavidZornig on August 6, 2021 at 7:41 pm

Original Flickr link of previously posted photo. Will enlarge within link.

imquirky on July 27, 2021 at 8:25 pm

Was also still The Globe Theatre in 1966 when I worked there, per my comment here, 11/28/2013

DavidZornig on July 27, 2021 at 5:58 pm

Was still the Globe Theatre in a Spring 1964 Old Town guide book.

MindOfAToy on December 16, 2019 at 8:28 am

Had a few interesting experiences with this theater many years ago when it was still operating. Namely the cashiers who were annoyed at any customer who happened to walk though the door and the ticket tearer who would literally curl up in a ball and nap on a bench between films. Ahh, the stress of working at an empty arthouse on a Sunday afternoon.

DavidZornig on August 27, 2019 at 1:42 pm

Four images of the restored, reassembled facade added. Preservation Chicago was instrumental in getting the developer to relocate the building’s main entrance to the former theatre entrance, from the corner where it was originally planned to be.

DavidZornig on April 23, 2019 at 9:07 am

Sharing this June 2018 link because it has close-ups of some of the stone details.

DavidZornig on February 28, 2019 at 7:04 pm

Yet another rendering, with an address typo under the image.—cjqgjo1XWvUpnFDdmlp4ZdqZZlmYORk

DavidZornig on October 15, 2018 at 10:18 am

Received an update from the developer that includes additional photos of progress, showing the facade from above.

imquirky on April 22, 2018 at 9:09 am

Thanks for all the updates to what I knew as the Globe Theatre!

DavidZornig on April 21, 2018 at 5:33 pm

Demolition on the auditorium has begun, broken through the wall on the North elevation. Monday would be the next day to get photos, as they will likely finish off the auditorium then. Contrary to what I previously mentioned, the facade will not be removed, numbered and replaced. I originally thought that due to the 3 containers stacked in front of it. Instead it will remain in place, anchored to those 3 containers via I beams for the duration of demolition and new construction. I had thought of the removal & replacement scenario, because that is what was done to the Cedar Hotel on State Street at Cedar. But that facade did not have landmark status. It was just thankfully saved and reattached to the new structure behind it, to appease the neighborhood and alderman in the early discussions. I have uploaded a few photos from today of the facade reinforcement and the broken through North elevation auditorium wall, as visible from North Avenue.

DavidZornig on March 4, 2018 at 9:18 am

March 1st article with more photos. Be sure to click on the “Building Up Chicago” link mentioned at the bottom, for more pics with the containers that have been out in place to store the facade pieces.

DavidZornig on January 20, 2018 at 5:43 pm

OK I’ve added some photos from today with the marquee removed. It exposed some original recessed lighting over the entryway, as well as vertical and square lighting previously hidden by the marquee. 10 vertical fixtures per side, and 14 fixtures per side in a square pattern, that had been encapsulated by the framing for the newer marquee.

DavidZornig on January 19, 2018 at 1:03 pm

The marquee was removed sometime this week. I’ll get photos tomorrow.

DavidZornig on December 27, 2017 at 8:11 am

The building received landmark status in 2009. A 2008 link is above in the comments. I have not heard of any plans for it’s return to an active theatre. The sales office on Well Street for the project is not open yet, but the website is finally up. The only recent changes were the cutting down of the trees in the parkway behind it and replacing them with utility poles. Also construction fencing and cement barricades on the Clark Street side. The No Parking signs are dated until February. I’ve asked the nearby commercial tenants and all they’ve heard is that electrical work will be first. Here is the website, though it has a VIP sign up and not much info yet.

HelloMyNamesJen on December 27, 2017 at 7:48 am

@Furiouslion76 – how interesting! Echoing request for article, I’d love to read more.

Trolleyguy on November 29, 2017 at 6:56 am

Furiouslion, that’s very good news. Do you have a link to an article or story for attribution?

Furiouslion76 on November 28, 2017 at 10:04 pm

It’s been spared. The entire building. And it will be given landmark status. Its original single screen will be restored, as well as its reputation for showcasing independent, foreign and cult films. Of course it will get an extensive renovation upon reopening.

DavidZornig on November 24, 2017 at 9:08 am

I added artist’s rendering images of the re-purposed facade, from the sales office window now on Wells Street. Also some photos of the rear of the theatre, coal chute and exits. As this area may not be accessible soon. Trees in a parkway behind it have been cut down, and blue construction fencing has now gone up in front of the theatre as of earlier this week. I’ll get pics of that soon.

DavidZornig on May 12, 2017 at 5:29 am

The current Skyline newspaper has an article titled “Stalled Old Town condo project moving forward with a new developer”. The online version requires a subscription.

thecheckeredman on March 14, 2017 at 10:36 am

I would love to see this theatre renovated and turned into something akin to the New Beverly in LA…

DavidZornig on March 5, 2017 at 6:39 pm

Added 6 pics I took yesterday.

Broan on February 16, 2017 at 6:54 am

On 8/4/16 Variety reported that the Germania had opened July 29, 1916, calling the house “one of the prettiest in Chicago”.

On 9/21/17 the Chicago Tribune reported that Lubliner & Trinz were negotiating to lease the theater, this must have fallen through.

It was renamed by May, 1918 due to WWI anti-German sentiment.

DavidZornig on January 31, 2017 at 8:33 pm

Here is the 2008 preliminary landmark designation archive. It describes the property and lists various additional history that may or may not have been in previous dead links. I happened across it looking up something else.