1612 W. Chicago Avenue,
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Previously operated by: Balaban & Katz Corp.
Architects: David Saul Klafter
Functions: Art Gallery
Located in Chicago’s West Town neighborhood, the Alvin Theatre opened in 1914 and sat 540. The theatre was originally built for the Lynch circuit and later was part of the Balaban & Katz chain. It was equipped with a Gottfried organ. The Alvin Theatre was operating as a Spanish-language movie house during the 1970’s.
The former theatre building was until recently used as a retail store. In 2016 it was converted into the Shapiro Ballroom which opened October 3, 2016. It was closed in March 2020 due to the Covid-19 pandemic. It never reopened and in 2021 it became an art gallery named Patron.
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