3940 W. Lawrence Avenue,
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Previously operated by: Balaban & Katz Corp.
Firms: Gallup and Joy
Functions: Live Performances
The 1,500-seat Admiral Theatre opened on March 31, 1927 with Helen Chadwick “Stolen Pleasures”. It was a showcase for both vaudeville and motion pictures. It was equipped with a Marr-Colton 3 manual 10 ranks organ. On January 1, 1942, the theatre was acquired by the Balaban & Katz chain.
By the mid-1950’s, the Admiral Theatre was closed due to declining business. In 1969 it reopened its doors, strangely enough, screening only cartoons, with admission for a quarter. Predictably, this venture didn’t pan out, and within a couple months, closed.
In 1971, the Admiral Theatre reopened again, this time showing pornographic films. In the late-1980’s, the theatre received a makeover, and restored some of the original décor. About the same time, the focus of the Admiral Theatre went from films on the screen to live entertainment, and received the more proper designation as a “gentleman’s club”, as it remains today.
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