Casino Theater

3508 S. Halsted Street,
Chicago, IL

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Functions: Housing, Retail

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Former Casino Theater

This small 275-seat Bridgeport neighborhood theater opened, most likely as a legitimate house, in the early 1890s, but by the 20s, had switched to movies. It closed in the mid-to-late 40s.

The Casino was located on the same block of Halsted Street as the long-disused 1929 Ramova Theater. The old Casino building currently is used for retail on its street level and apartments on the upper floors.

Contributed by Bryan Krefft

Recent comments (view all 5 comments)

CHICTH74 on February 21, 2006 at 1:44 am

I think this theatre is now a pc service place and it may share space with a Tak Kon Do studio. A lot of this part of the city is being bought up and made into condos and mix use buld`s.

CHICTH74 on June 11, 2006 at 10:44 pm

Does any one know the “style” of this theatre.
Thank You .

Broan on October 14, 2007 at 9:54 pm

This is the building that is currently “Nail Station”. The theater part of it used to go back farther but was removed, likely to make way for construction of the Ramova.

mfs3757 on November 7, 2009 at 11:03 pm

I’m writing a book about the history of Bridgeport for Arcadia Publishing and would LOVE a picture or two of the Wallace.

Please contact me if you have any of the Wallace or any Bridgeport theaters (I have the Ramova, The Milda and The Eagle (1991), but would love to see any and all shots of the 12-13 theaters that used to be in the neighborhood.

On a really sad note, Nancy of Nancy’s Best Little Hair House passed away his past week. The Wallace theater building has been for sale for the last few months too.

Look forward to hearing from you.

ChicagoBikeAdventures on February 25, 2021 at 2:42 pm

The 1912 Sanborn Map has the theater at 3506 (Bridgeport News as of writing), so it might not have need to be removed as Broan speculated. I don’t know for sure, of course.

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