Belpark Theatre

3231 N. Cicero Avenue,
Chicago, IL 60641

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Previously operated by: Balaban & Katz Corp., Lubliner & Trinz

Architects: Roy B. Blass, Edward P. Steinberg

Functions: Church, Live Performances

Styles: Spanish Baroque

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Edward F. Mooney, projectionist

The 2,600-seat Belpark Theatre opened on March 13, 1927 with 5 acts of vaudeville and on the screen the short subject “The Perch of the Devil” starring Mae Busch. It was part of the Lubliner & Trinz circuit. It was located on N. Cicero Avenue near W. Belmont Avenue in the Belmont Cragin neighborhood.

The Belpark Theatre was designed by E.P. Steinberg and contained a Barton 3manual 17ranks theatre organ which was opened by organist Bill Bennett. In spring of 1930, the Belpark Theatre was taken over by the Balaban & Katz chain, which operated it for the remainder of its career as a movie house.

The Belpark Theatre closed as a movie theatre in the mid-1950’s and after periods of use as a warehouse and later, a banquet facility, the building became a bingo hall, which was closed around 2014. It was converted into the Chicago Tabernacle church which opened March 15, 2015. The building is also used for live performances.

Contributed by Ray Martinez

Recent comments (view all 54 comments)

GFeret on March 14, 2015 at 5:15 pm

tomorrow mar 15 this place (what was the BelPark theatre) re-opens as

a modest canopy hangs over the front entrance on Cicero ave stating ‘Chicago Tabernacle CT’, in place of what once many years ago was the BelPark theatre marquee.

I don’t exactly know but I’d hazard a good guess the newest renovation here utilizes what the old theatre had to offer inside, much much better than the previous Golden Tiara seniors bingo hall had done

DavidZornig on March 24, 2015 at 4:36 am

I added one photo as Chicago Tabernacle, March 2015. I’ll get another some Sunday when there is no parking directly in front.

Broan on May 25, 2015 at 4:08 pm

It looks like they did a nice job. Before:

Construction videos: Video 1: Video 2: Video 3:

They seem to have preserved and exposed most of what remained, and walled over the rest. They partitioned off the rear part of the auditorium into classroom-type space. I’m sure they intend to dismantle that and move those functions to storefront spaces as their congregation grows. The one odd thing I noticed in the video was that the lunettes at the top of each archway in the theatre were removed for some reason.

Life's Too Short
Life's Too Short on June 13, 2015 at 1:43 am

That’s quite a fundraising drive they pulled together.

I’ve been wondering what would happen to the Belpark. It’s been Golden Tiara for so long, it just seemed like the average run of a Chicago business meant change was coming.

DavidZornig on July 8, 2017 at 3:23 am

I found two pics in my phone from 2014. Interior elements leaving being hauled away on a truck. Not the best pics, but both are in the Photos section.

Life's Too Short
Life's Too Short on December 4, 2017 at 4:41 am

It’s a shame the interior made it so many years only to get dumbed down. I wonder if some Urban Remains-type place bought those plaster pieces. If they got hauled away whole it would seem to be a possibility.

Broan on December 4, 2017 at 1:25 pm

I remember seeing construction pictures where those tops of the exit arches were all that was left.

Life's Too Short
Life's Too Short on October 21, 2018 at 11:58 pm

Brian Wolf: I tried to reach you recently at your email address. But, like so many people, it’s possible you don’t monitor Yahoo any more. I have some Chicago movie palace artifacts that need a new home. You seem plugged into the Chicago preservation scene. So I thought you might be able to help identify a destination. My attempts so far have been fruitless. Please contact me at if you think you might be able to help.

Ssc48 on January 31, 2024 at 4:47 pm

This should be status to opened. They do have stage shows here for performances. Open

Trolleyguy on January 31, 2024 at 5:13 pm

That’s great news Ssc48. Do you have a link to an article or website to check this out? Thanks.

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