College Theatre

2219 N. Sheffield Avenue,
Chicago, IL 60614

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Architects: John Edmund Oldaker Pridmore

Previous Names: Lyceum Theatre, DePaul University Auditorium

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COLLEGE Theatre; Chicago, Illinois.

The College Theatre opened in 1907, named for its proximity to DePaul University. The theater stood on Sheffield Avenue between Belden and Webster Avenues. In 1918, the theater was renamed the Lyceum, but closed as a movie house two years later.

DePaul converted the building into a gym in 1923, as it remained until 1956, during which it was known officially as the DePaul University Auditorium, but was nicknamed "The Barn". The building was torn down in 1979.

Contributed by Bryan Krefft

Recent comments (view all 3 comments)

DavidZornig on December 5, 2008 at 9:05 pm

Thanks Bryan. You know, I thought that building looked like a theater. I delivered pizzas for a place called Lincoln Park Pizza on Lincoln & Altgeld in 1977 & `78. Delivering in and around DePaul was the norm.

Thanks again for finding all the extra lost chicago gems.

Broan on August 6, 2011 at 12:40 pm

There are quite a few pictures Here and Here

davidplomin on June 23, 2015 at 7:35 pm

Such a beautiful interior! Can’t understand why it was converted to a gym so early in its life?! Thanks, Broan for the link. I like the description of the architectural style: “Collegiate Gothic”! That’s a new one on me!

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