Imperial Theatre

2329 W. Madison Street,
Chicago, IL 60612

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on June 14, 2018 at 5:56 pm

Though the building ended up only two stories high, this item from The Economist of September 25, 1909, is probably about the Imperial Theatre:

“George Reidler, 3 story brick theater, 92x116, 2325-2333 West Madison st.; architect G. H. Grussing; masons, George Thomson Son & Co. 100,000.”
Architect George H. Grussing was quite active during this period, but doesn’t appear to be remembered now.

RickB on September 7, 2014 at 4:45 pm

The Imperial’s old block has been redeveloped with retail. This is how the area looks now.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on August 13, 2010 at 6:39 pm

Not one of the Windy City’s Finest.

LouisRugani on August 13, 2010 at 5:45 pm

That’s exactly as I recall it in the summer of 1984 as well. The eastern facade was crumbling.

kencmcintyre on April 18, 2009 at 7:19 pm

Here is a 1982 photo taken when the Imperial was a church:

kencmcintyre on November 26, 2008 at 9:19 am

I like the exchanges, because they remind me of my grandmother’s old number in Philly. I put the interesting exchanges on here in the hopes that someone else may feel the same way. If it’s just a generic phone number I don’t bother.

Life's Too Short
Life's Too Short on November 26, 2008 at 7:29 am

I’m not looking to start an argument LM, and you are certainly entitled to your opinion. But I think any historical information related to a given theatre property is valuable, and that would include old phone numbers. The purpose of this web site is to create a historical mosaic.

In addition, I think it could be fun for someone who grew up in the neighborhood. Such a person might see that phone number and say, “I remember that phone number! I dialed it a thousand times!” Good memories, and so on.

kencmcintyre on November 25, 2008 at 9:04 pm

Phone number in 1960 was CAnal 6-3925.

MargoBelle on March 12, 2007 at 10:14 am

I lived at 2307 W. Madison, just down the street from the Imperial and went there regularly. I’m trying to locate a picture of my building and any of the surrounding area. Our apartment building was 3 stories tall, fronted on Madison, went around the corner on Oakley, and had back entrances on Monroe. The Alhambra Inn tavern was located on the corner of Madison and Oakley.

Life's Too Short
Life's Too Short on January 11, 2007 at 5:10 pm

Wow: by the time I saw the Imperial most of those buildings were gone. The theatre itself was being used for storage (this would’ve been late 80’s).

GFeret on January 11, 2007 at 7:22 am

If the old (JUN ‘68) theatre ad in the CHICAGO SUN-TIMES newspaper movie section is to be believed, then the correct IMPERIAL street address no. is 2329 W. (not 2339). Says here they’re running DAY OF THE EVIL GUN, SAMSON & THE SLAVE QUEEN, and BONNIE & CLYDE—a dyed-in-the-wool triple-bill if ever there was.

corvetteguy1963 on December 13, 2006 at 11:02 am

I was down Madison today and noticed this site is still a vacant lot.

Broan on May 11, 2005 at 6:57 pm

The Imperial is visible in this photo documenting the 1968 riots. The 4 Star (Wilson) is visible in the distance. Ironically, the signboard reads “Come in, relax, and see a movie in comfort”