7526 Madison Street,
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Previous Names: Forest Park Theatre
The Forest Park Theatre was located at Madison Street and Des Plaines Avenue. It was opened on August 28, 1920 with T. Roy Barnes in “Scratch My Back”, and was operated by the Ascher Brothers circuit. This 1,500-seat theatre was designed by architect Henry L. Newhouse and originally featured both vaudeville as well as movies before turning to movies exclusively. The ‘Park’ portion of the theatre’s name was dropped around the 1930’s. In 1937 it was rebuilt with 1,100-seats to the plans of architect Roy B. Blass. The Forest Theatre operated at least into the 1960’s, if not later. The theatre has since been razed and a McDonald’s Restaurant now stands on the site.
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