Panorama Theatre

5110 S. Prairie Avenue,
Chicago, IL 60615

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Previously operated by: Alfred Hamburger Theaters

Firms: Grossman & Proskauer

Functions: Bar, Fraternal Hall

Styles: Neo-Classical

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Panorama Theatre

This theater, on Prairie Avenue south of East 51st Street, and visible from the Green Line of the “El”, opened February 1, 1913 and closed in 1917. The exterior is well-intact. It currently serves as an Elks lodge and a bar.

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Broan on March 11, 2007 at 8:00 am

Architects were Grossman & Proskauer.

Broan on March 13, 2007 at 2:40 pm

Here are photos of this theatre.

Broan on March 13, 2007 at 2:59 pm

I’m told the bar that currently occupies the space has a great genuine deco interior.

Life's Too Short
Life's Too Short on December 13, 2007 at 10:13 am

Never picked up on this location before. That is a nice building. Kind of reminds me of the Adelphi on N. Clark St.

I can’t believe the bar occupies space going all the way to the rear auditorium wall. I wonder what else is back there? Just storage space I suppose.

Broan on December 13, 2007 at 10:56 am

What it should remind you of is the Morse/Co-Ed – the facades are extremely similar. Also, note that the terra cotta over the entrance of the Morse is a virtually identical design to that at the Village North. Also similar are the Bertha, Broadway and Village North designs. Grossman and Proskauer seem to have had something of a template.

Life's Too Short
Life's Too Short on December 13, 2007 at 4:09 pm

I can see those comparisons as well. I think the Adelphi comes to mind first because I have seen it more times.

LouRugani on November 20, 2023 at 3:49 pm

“Preservation Chicago is working closely with Craig Loftis, leadership of the Great Lakes Elks Club, their architect and lawyers, and other stakeholders to prevent the demolition of the Lodge. Urgency steps are being taken to resolve and correct deferred maintenance issues that have been identified by city inspectors. Additinally, we have attended Building Court to stand alongside preservation partners to formally request a delay in any movement towards emergency demolition and to request additinoal time to raise funds and hire contractors to resolve specific code related issues. Significant progress is being made. Additionally, we are working to help resolve contradictory directives from the City of Chicago regarding the Elks Lodge status as a theater or a dance club. The 86-year-old space–once a cinema and meeting point for the Chicago Suffragists–was opened as a private house music members club in 2015 by local artist Craig Loftis. He told Resident Advisor that he’s been battling with the City Council over “minor issues” to do with the building for several years. Since 1937, the building has been under the ownership of African-American fraternity group The Elks. Members of the group have been throwing music and dance events for the local community for decades. Loftis, who is also a member of the group, told RA that without the means to stay open for business, raising the target amount has become a catch-22 situation. For this reason, Loftis has launched a fundraiser to help the cause. While he’s confident that he can make the necessary repairs by the chosen date, he said shutting the building down was ‘unwarranted when one branch of the city government said we were operating in complete compliance and the other decided we weren’t.’ Preservation Chicago, a local architectural conservation group, has joined forces with Loftis to help protect the venue from any possible future demolition threats, should it ever change hands. If granted, this would give the venue the chance to apply for city funding to help with restoration and renovation. The group’s spokesperson, Max Chavez, told RA that an application to get the building landmark status was submitted to the local authority last week and achieving this will mean the building ‘would be well-positioned’ to receive the funds. He continued: ‘Preservation Chicago is proud to partner with Craig Loftis on this important effort to save this significant historic site. This building is too important to lose and deserves to be honored as an official Chicago landmark.‘ (Resident Advisor, 9/27/23) The venue will go into receivership and shut for good without the necessary funding. (Resident Advisor, 9/27/23) (© Preservation Chicago | All rights reserved)

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