Chicago Theatre

175 N. State Street,
Chicago, IL 60601

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DavidZornig
DavidZornig on November 10, 2021 at 7:36 pm

Paul Dimler photo.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/37640374@N04/6287620225?fbclid=IwAR1sjFPLlENa-LqXr23Rv48fIMKbwm708R5PE_u9HB_qV8va6RyPJSZCbYI

DavidZornig
DavidZornig on October 28, 2021 at 3:26 pm

OK, I’d say check the State-Lake across the street and the Oriental now listed as Nederlander on CT.
The film lists/dates for those theatres were added the same time in 2007 in the comments.

bigjoe59
bigjoe59 on October 28, 2021 at 2:56 pm

Hello-

to DavidZ.- I looked at the list you mentioned and none of
the films listed were roadshow engagements.

DavidZornig
DavidZornig on October 28, 2021 at 2:26 pm

That I do not know, other than various premieres. But on page 7 of the archived comments, is a May 1, 2007 comment that lists all the films and their run dates from 1964-1980. Which you can use to do any research on what were possibly roadshow engagements or not.

bigjoe59
bigjoe59 on October 28, 2021 at 2:10 pm

Hello-

thanks to DavidZ. for your reply. just out of curiosity from 1952-1972 the studios regularly released their BIG films with roadshow engagements. was the Chicago ever used for roadshow engagements?

DavidZornig
DavidZornig on October 28, 2021 at 1:51 pm

Per the Overview:

“Later operated by Plitt Theatres, they closed the Chicago Theatre as a movie theatre on September 19, 1985 with Michael Dudikoff in “American Ninja” & Michael J. Fox in “Teen Wolf”.”

Both films were released in August, so I believe considered first run if showing in September.

bigjoe59
bigjoe59 on October 28, 2021 at 1:27 pm

Hello from NYC-

when did this theater end its life as a 1st run venue?

DavidZornig
DavidZornig on October 26, 2021 at 4:15 pm

Opened 100 years ago today. October 26, 1921. In addition to Norma Talmadge in “The Sign on the Door”, was Buster Keaton in “The Playhouse”. Grand Opening print ad added to Photo Gallery. Not previously posted.

plugai
plugai on September 22, 2021 at 3:10 pm

This theater I have many stories for! I saw Magnum Force in 1973 and the Texas Chainsaw Massacre in 1974. The theater was dark and nasty during these years. We would take the Lake Street Elevated train from Oak Park, Illinois during this period. My best friend Kevin and his brothers Michael and Danny were blessed to be part of the “carpenter rehab” of the Chicago Theater rebirth that would have Frank Sinatra open. Michael told stories of the carpenters taking their hammers and hitting the backs of the original seats, and rats would come running out. Both brothers stayed aboard to the Frank Sinatra openings and were granted opening night seats for their respective families. I was blessed with working for Donny Osmond for the Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat play. I was able to snoop everywhere in that theater which was my home away from home for a few years. The architecture is fantastic!! I even got to see Penn and Teller, Chita Rivera, Kiss of the Spiderwoman, and two “Glamorama” Marshall Field events for Charity! Stage left or right stage for viewers, the fountain and secret door was fun to come inside and outside of. Hanging in the closed off private “club seats” observing play progress. The wall of autographs both stage right and left. The dressing room of Frank Sinatra and others following are awesome experiences. I will always love the Chicago theater.

DavidZornig
DavidZornig on July 12, 2021 at 4:50 pm

Some 1996 Library of Congress photos.

https://www.loc.gov/resource/hhh.il0807.photos?st=gallery

DavidZornig
DavidZornig on June 14, 2021 at 9:44 pm

Link with a photo and description of the Chicago Theatre organ in 1924.

http://theatreorgans.com/southerncross/Radiogram/ListeningRoom/thelisteningroom-crawfords.htm

DavidZornig
DavidZornig on February 17, 2021 at 7:57 pm

1989 marquee photo via Flickr.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/23340744@N06/30871523153?fbclid=IwAR0bTpHP0yTgOyayVQbYMY9c5mEKrb5SvH-e1h4PdXxTPk5YOMgyfXDuK3k

DavidZornig
DavidZornig on May 6, 2020 at 6:17 am

Photos of Loop, Chicago & Shangri-La Theatres in below link.

https://www.pappaspost.com/vintage-greek-independence-day-parade-photos-chicago/

Trolleyguy
Trolleyguy on February 21, 2020 at 5:35 pm

I just uploaded a 1941 marquee picture.

Willburg145
Willburg145 on February 16, 2020 at 4:23 am

It’s great that this beauty escaped the fate of so many grand theatres, demolition.

macoco
macoco on January 7, 2020 at 2:43 pm

Bigjoe59: The Michael Todd, Cinestage, McVickers, Palace (AKA Bismark)—these were the regular venues during the 50s and 60s. The Roosevelt had The Longest Day and the United Artists had Funny Girl and Thoroughly Modern Millie.

davidcoppock
davidcoppock on January 7, 2020 at 7:16 am

The father of the singer Toni Basil(who sang the song “Mickey”), Louis Basilotta conducted an orchestra at this theatre.

bigjoe59
bigjoe59 on July 5, 2019 at 3:10 pm

Hello from NYC-

i was wondering during the prime roadshow period (1952-1972) which Chicago theaters did studios regularly use for their roadshow engagements? Manhattan had 7.

DavidZornig
DavidZornig on June 21, 2019 at 8:19 am

Additional 9/16/77-10/06/77 Saul Smaizys photo.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/ceebop/24096682332/in/album-72157662523920010/

DavidZornig
DavidZornig on June 21, 2019 at 8:18 am

9/16/77-10/06/77 Saul Smaizys photo.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/ceebop/23836894229/in/album-72157662523920010/

DavidZornig
DavidZornig on June 21, 2019 at 7:54 am

3/14/75-4/17/75 Saul Smaizys photo via Flickr. Will enlarge in link.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/ceebop/24244411795/in/album-72157662523920010/

DavidZornig
DavidZornig on June 21, 2019 at 5:36 am

Saul Smaizys mid `70s pic via Flickr. Will enlarge in link.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/ceebop/23970600360/in/album-72157662523920010/

DavidZornig
DavidZornig on January 20, 2018 at 8:29 pm

Posting this history of Balaban & Katz here as it is likely the most visited.

https://chicagoandcookcountycemeteries.com/2018/01/19/the-golden-era-of-chicago-movie-theatres/

RickB
RickB on November 10, 2017 at 2:25 pm

Last day of operation as a cinema was September 19, 1985 with “American Ninja” and “Teen Wolf,” both of which were also playing at suburban theaters. Plitt’s advertising for the Chicago at the end seems to have become sporadic at best—on the Saturday before the closing, their display ad notes an all-night Bruce Lee marathon at the Chicago but does not mention what might have been playing at other times. A Tribune story on the day after the finale alludes to $2.50 tickets and lots of martial arts films, so it’s likely that the theater was no longer a true first-run house.