1328 W. Morse Avenue,
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Rhapsody Theater (Official)
Firms: Grossman & Proskauer
Styles: Art Deco
Previous Names: Co-Ed Theatre, Morse Theatre, Mayne Stage
News About This Theater
- Oct 14, 2008 — Chicago's Morse Theater reopens as music club
The Morse Theatre, located on Morse Avenue near Wayne Avenue in the Rogers Park neighborhood, opened in 1912 as a vaudeville and movie house originally seating 650. On March 19, 1938 it had been remodeled in Art Deco style and reopened as the renamed Co-Ed Theatre, playing on its proximity to Loyola University.
The Co-Ed Theatre closed in 1954 and from 1956 until 1977, it became home to a synagogue. In 1986, the building was converted into the Cobbler’s Mall, which included, as the name implies, a shoe repair store.
In 2008, the Morse Theatre was renovated and restored, and reopened in October 2008 as a venue for concerts, despite an arson attack in August. Live theatre, independent cinema, and children’s programs were also planned. It reopened early-2010 as the Mayne Stage. In March 2016 it ceased being a concert venue and hosted special events.
On June 16, 2022 it reopened as the 200-seat Rhapsody Theater, presenting live entertainment, magic shows, cabaret & chamber music.
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