951 E. 55th Street,
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Architects: Henry L. Newhouse
The Frolic Theater was located in the Hyde Park neighborhood on 55th Street between South Cottage Grove and Ellis Avenues, not far from Washington Park. The theater was built for the Ascher Brothers circuit in 1915 and was designed by prolific architect Henry L. Newhouse. It was a ‘revers’ theatre which had the screen at the entrance end to the auditorium. By 1929 it was operated by Fox Theatres.
The Frolic Theater was operated by Warner Brothers Circuit Management Inc. for 1931 and later by Stanley-Warner into the 1950’s.
In 1961, the theater was closed, and has since been razed, along with the surrounding block, replaced by the University of Chicago’s Stagg Field.
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