Ideal Theatre

1622 N. Larrabee Street,
Chicago, IL 60614

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Architects: Eric E. Hall, Carl W. Westerlind

Firms: Hall & Westerlind

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This nearly 700-seat Lincoln Park neighborhood theatre opened in 1914, and was located on N. Larrabee Street near W. North Avenue. It was in operation until at least June 1958 and within two years it had become a church. Today the site is part of the Larrabee Commons residential development.

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KenC on March 30, 2006 at 8:28 pm

The Ideal theatre was in operation at least through mid 1957. From the Chicago Sun Times movie listing, Friday July 12, 1957: IDEAL 1622 N. Larrabee “BEGINNING OF THE END” “UNEARTHLY”.

fepilkington on September 19, 2013 at 8:31 am

Went to the Ideal every Saturday as a child as did all of the kids in the neighborhood. They often had “Cartoon Extravaganzas” when they showed 50 cartoons in a row. As I recall there were way too many Heckll & Jeckll and we were all booing when another one came on. 15 cent popcorn and 7 cent boxes of candy. 25 cents admission if you were under 12. Made the rats running across your feet well worth it.

LouRugani on November 1, 2015 at 6:25 pm

The architectural firm was Hall and Westerlind of 179 W. Washington Street. The builder/owner was a Mr. Edelman. Cost of construction: $15,000.

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