Schindler's Theater

1005 W. Huron Street,
Chicago, IL 60622

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Schindler's Theatre, Chicago, IL

This theater was open in the first decade of the 20th Century, located on W. Huron Street near N. Milwaukee Avenue, on the Near North Side, not far from today’s I-90/94. The theater was opened around 1908 and operated at least through the late-1940’s. It was shown as open in the 1945 Film Daily Yearbook with seating for 1,000.

Today, there is a truck repair and rental business at the site, housed in at least part of the former theater.

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Angelo on September 22, 2006 at 7:12 am

As a youngester I recall going to this theater. Children under twelve before 6 p.m. was 12 cents admission. The theater was not airconditoned but somehow was comfortable even on very hot days I recall posters on the outside of the building that read Movies direct from the Loop. During the late forties the owners remodled the lobby, installed all new seats and a new sparking marquee.
Fond memories of a time past

JimRankin on September 22, 2006 at 7:20 am

Angelo, how do you mean “a new sparking marquee”? Was it merely neon tubing that occasionally “sparked” or an actual sparking device? If a device, please describe it for us.

Broan on December 27, 2007 at 8:57 pm

It was open at least 1908-1951, had a balcony and was converted into a garage by 1953. It also had a sizable stage.

kencmcintyre on November 26, 2008 at 5:45 pm

1954 yellow pages list this theater at 690 N. Milwaukee Avenue. If you look at the Google photo for that address, you see an old building which is in the middle of some drastic renovation.

GFeret on March 19, 2012 at 11:22 am

a 1946 Chicago newspaper movie listing contains a listing for SCHINDLERS, and the location shown in teeny-tiny ad print is ‘Milwaukee & Huron’

Addison on April 17, 2018 at 9:16 pm

My grandfather owned this theater for a very brief time. My mother often worked at the concession counter. My grandfather was robbed once at gunpoint in the theater office and my mother never forgot the episode. A tailor by trade, he was a poor businessman and let the kids in for pennies.

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