11053 S. Michigan Avenue,
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Previously operated by: Nokimos Theaters
Firms: Rapp & Rapp
The Parkway Theatre dates from 1914. Not to be confused with the Parkway Theatre on the North Side of Chicago, this theatre was located in the Roseland neighborhood on the east side of South Michigan Avenue between 110th and 111th Streets (note that the larger State Theatre - where I ushered as a kid was on the West side of Michigan Avenue near 110th).
A great old theatre, albeit not in the class of the nearby State Theatre, which had a large balcony, vaulted ceiling, retractable Wurlitzer organ under the stage and catacombed dressing rooms behind the stage from the vaudeville days.
I remember seeing “White Christmas” at the Parkway Theatre in 1954. I moved from Chicago and don’t know the current status of the building, but I believe the Parkway Theatre shut down sometime in the 1960’s, leaving the State Theatre, the Roseland Theatre and the Normal Theatre as Roseland/West Pullman’s three main theatres.
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