4050 N. Milwaukee Avenue,
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Previous Names: Portage Park Theatre
News About This Theater
- Oct 28, 2014 — Matt Lambros Lecture in Chicago
- Nov 10, 2013 — Northwest Chicago Film Society is moving again
- Sep 11, 2013 — Chicago movie palaces today
- Jul 19, 2013 — New operators sought out for Chicago movie palaces
- May 30, 2013 — Community groups scramble after Portage Theater closes
- Apr 30, 2013 — 35mm screenings at the Portage Theater
- Mar 16, 2013 — Celebrate "Mary Pickford, Queen of the Movies" at the Portage and Music Box in Chicago
- Sep 25, 2012 — Trying times for the Portage Theater
- Sep 13, 2012 — Chicago's Portage Theater has new owner
- Jul 22, 2012 — Church withdraws attempt to buy historic Portage Theater
- Jun 14, 2012 — Portage fate to be determined
- Apr 22, 2012 — Portage Theater fate still in suspense
- Apr 3, 2012 — Portage may get landmark status
- Mar 28, 2012 — Supporters rally to save Portage Theater
- Mar 16, 2012 — Church wants to buy Chicago's Portage Theater
- Mar 8, 2011 — A Chicago classic film series finds a new home
- Jul 14, 2010 — Summer silent film series begins July 23 at Portage Theater
- Oct 8, 2009 — Chicago theatres featured on public tv
- Sep 1, 2009 — Star Trek Film Marathon and Expo to be at the historic Portage Theater
- Jan 14, 2008 — How the Portage came back
- Sep 14, 2007 — Preserving Palaces Film Festival Sept. 14-15
- Aug 30, 2007 — 'Preserving Palaces' filmfest in Chicago, Sept. 14-15
- May 19, 2006 — Chicago's Portage Theater Reopening Tonight
- Nov 24, 2003 — Chicago: Three Centuries of Theaters
- Nov 19, 2003 — Update on Portage Park Theatre
- Nov 12, 2003 — Portage Park Theatre Struggles to Open
Opened December 11, 1920 with Jack Pickford in “Just Out of College”. The Portage Park Theatre (the former name is still inscribed over the Neo-Classical style facade), was the first theatre built specifically for movies (and not vaudeville shows) in the Portage Park neighborhood of Chicago. The theatre was built for the Ascher Brothers circuit and originally could seat nearly 2,000. By 1929 it was operated by Fox Chicago.
The Portage Theatre remained a popular fixture of the neighborhood for decades, becoming a second-run movie house in the 1960’s. In the 1980’s, its auditorium was divided in two by putting a wall down the middle of the auditorium.
Oddly, after the box office stopped being used, tickets were then sold in the lobby off a table and folding chairs set up school bake sale style.
The Portage Theatre was shuttered in 2001 after operating sporadically for the previous couple years. The theatre was restorated and renovated, and reopened in the spring of 2006 as a single-screen, 1,300-plus seat theatre featuring both silent and sound classic motion pictures and other events, both on-screen and live.
It was closed on May 25, 2013, and reopened in June 2014. It was closed in February 2018.
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