Douglas Theater

3236 W. Cermak Road,
Chicago, IL 60623

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Previously operated by: Goodman & Harrison Theatres

Architects: Ralph C. Harris

Functions: Storage

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DOUGLAS Theatre; Chicago, Illinois.

This North Lawndale neighborhood theater, located near Douglas Park (hence its name), opened in 1914 and sat just over 700. It was located on W. 22nd Street (later renamed W. Cermak Road) near S. Sawyer Avenue. The theater was first operated by the Brunhild and Young circuit, which also operated such theaters as the President Theatre, the Temple Theatre and the Shakespeare Theatre during the 1910’s.

In its later years, the Douglas Theater was part of the small Goodman and Harrison chain (which also included circa-1950 the Marshall Square Theatre, Illington Theatre and West Theatre). The Douglas Theater closed during the 1950’s.

Contributed by Bryan Krefft

Recent comments (view all 8 comments)

Broan on October 25, 2007 at 10:23 pm

It is still standing.

Life's Too Short
Life's Too Short on November 19, 2009 at 11:22 am

If this is the one I am thinking of, I believe it was a dance hall or ballroom of some sort in the 80’s-90’s somewhere.

0123456789 on November 9, 2010 at 5:57 pm

The building is still th go to this website to see it.

Broan on February 28, 2017 at 7:08 am

The Douglas was built in 1910 by Edward Kounovsky, who later opened the nearby Parkway. It was sold to Brunhild & Young in 1923.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on May 1, 2018 at 5:32 am

No date is given, but the records of the American Terra Cotta Company list the Douglas Theatre, 22nd and Sawyer, Chicago, among the projects using the company’s products. The architect was Ralph C. Harris.

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