3315 W. Lawrence Avenue,
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Previously operated by: Ascher Brothers Inc., Balaban & Katz Corp.
Architects: John Edmund Oldaker Pridmore
Previous Names: New Terminal Theatre
The New Terminal Theatre was one of the largest movie houses built in Chicago’s Albany Park neighborhood. It was opened by the Ascher Bros. on January 7, 1926 with Alma Rubens in “The Gilded Butterfly”. It boasted 4,000 seats, but in reality it had 2,456 seats. It was equipped with a Wurlitzer 4 manual, 17 ranks organ which was opened by organist ‘Larry’ Ambrose Larson. It replaced the Ascher Brother’s earlier (1915) Terminal Theatre at 3308 W. Lawrence Avenue, which became the Metro Theatre after the New Terminal Theatre opened.
The New Terminal Theatre was acquired from the Aschers not long after by the always-expanding Balaban & Katz chain, which ran this popular movie house into the 1960’s. It was closed on April 18, 1963 with Bette Davis & Joan Crawford in “What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?” & Paul Newman in “Sweet Bird of Youth”. The Terminal Theatre was demolished in the early-1970’s.
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Hi, all. Been a while.
85 years since the Terminal opened? Wow, does that make me feel ancient.
Next month will mark 48 years since it closed. Last movie they showed was “Whatever Happened to Baby Jane?”
The book store next to Cooper’s was Terminal Books, an apt name for ANY store in that area. ;–)
This reopened on January 7th, 1926. I uploaded the grand opening ad here.
Here is a nice view of the front.
For some reason the highlighted “Here” link erases the cursor arrow, so it can’t be clicked on.
Even when Logged In to CT.
The highlighted links in the other comments still work.
Another try for a link to the nice view of the front.
For some reason that link goes to the page just before the targeted page. Scroll down, folks, I’m not messing with it any more.
Here is a nice interior view from THSA. Several more are searchable there.
1963 photo with Terminal in the background.
Update: Closed in April 1963 with “Sweet Bird of Youth” and “Whatever Happened To Baby Jane”. Last Tribune clipping for the Terminal Theatre.
18 Apr 1963, Thu Chicago Tribune (Chicago, Illinois) Newspapers.com