Atom Theatre

4338 S. Wentworth Avenue,
Chicago, IL 60609

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Previously operated by: Gollos Brothers

Functions: Church

Previous Names: Adam Theatre, Emmett Theatre

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Atom Theatre

Located in the Canaryville neighborhood, the Adam Theatre was built for the Brunhild & Young circuit in 1912. The theatre was renamed the Emmett Theatre a year later. It was located on S. Wentworth Avenue, near 43rd Place (not far from where Interstate 90/94 runs past today).

The Emmett Theatre was renamed the Atom Theatre on December 23, 1945, and continued to operated for another six years, last as part of the Gollos Brothers chain.

Today, the building houses a church.

Contributed by Bryan Krefft

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Englewood on September 12, 2007 at 9:35 pm

Chicago Tribune
July 30, 1948

Theater Manager's
Body Found in Pit
In Calumet Park

The body of Harry Martin, 27, of 7132 Ellis av., manager of the Atom theater, 4338 So. Wentworth av., missing since July 24, was found yesterday in two feet of water in an abandoned clay hole at 122d st. and Winchester av., Calumet Park. Police said they believed drowning was the cause of death.

Martin was last seen about 2:30 a.m. on the day of his disappearance by William Pagels, 23, of 235 Root st., assistant manager of the theater, when they parted at 63d st. and Yale av., after visiting several taverns and a dance hall. Martin told Pagels that he planned to go to another tavern.

The theater manager had about $120 when he was with Pagels. Police said they found only 12 cents in his pocket.

kencmcintyre on June 14, 2008 at 2:04 pm

A view of the former theater can be seen on Google maps.

p5050 on June 23, 2012 at 4:06 pm

does anyone have any information on who owned the Atom/ Emmett Theater (4338 Wentworth Ave. Chicago, IL) in the early 1940’s?

rivest266 on August 17, 2020 at 3:54 pm

1st listing in the Tribune is on December 23rd, 1945.

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