Will Rogers Theater
5641 W. Belmont Avenue,
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Firms: Rapp & Rapp
Styles: Art Deco
News About This Theater
- Dec 20, 2007 — Chicagoist remembers Will Rogers Theatre
The Will Rogers Theater, opened on September 5, 1936 with W.C. Fields in “Poppy”. Balaban & Katz Corp. named it in tribute to Will Rogers, who had died in a plane crash the year before. The Rapp & Rapp designed movie house was located on W. Belmont Avenue at N. Parkside Avenue in the Belmont-Cragin neighborhood of Chicago.
The theater’s Art Deco style design was influenced by ideas featured in the architecture of Chicago’s Century of Progress World’s Fair of 1933.
Closed in 1986, the Will Rogers Theater was demolished in 1990 to make way for the strip mall which sits on the site today.
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