Jingles Theater

2220 N. Damen Avenue,
Chicago, IL 60647

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Previous Names: White Eagle Theater, Ravina Theater

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Opened in 1913 as the White Eagle Theater it closed in 1915. It re-opened as the Ravina Theater in 1923 and closed in 1928. Not long after, it reopened yet again for a final time as the Jingles Theater.

I’d first mentioned the Jingles under my posting for the very closeby Webster Theatre. My dear Dad, who passed-on recently, grew-up there but couldn’t quite recall it though.

At his wake an old family friend Emil W. did, however. A holdover from nickleodeon/silent days, it was located on the west side of the street some doors north of Webster Street in the Bucktown neighborhood, and he says continued to show silents into the early ‘30s. Emil’s certain it didn’t survive into the '40s.

For most of its life the Jingles address would’ve been on Robey Street, but in the early ‘30s the city changed it to Damen Avenue, plus a number of other streets too (i.e., nearby Armitage Avenue had been called Center Street).

Right now that exact street number (numbering remains accurate today) would be directly beneath the Kennedy Expressway overpass, as built 1961. Emil also said an icehouse company was next door to the Jingles.

Contributed by G. Feret
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