Grove Theatre

7616-20 S. Cottage Grove Avenue,
Chicago, IL 60619

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Previously operated by: Lubliner & Trinz, Stanley-Warner Theatres, Warner Bros. Circuit Management Corp.

Architects: Walter W. Ahlschlager

Functions: Church

Styles: Spanish Baroque

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Grove Theatre

A large movie house in the Grand Crossing neighborhood, the Grove Theatre could seat over 1,800 and was opened by Lubliner & Trinz on May 12, 1926 with Rod LaRocque in “Bachelor Brides”.

Designed in the Spanish Baroque style, with an ornate terra-cotta facade, the Grove Theatre’s exterior is quite similar (on a smaller scale) in appearance to another W.W. Ahlschlager designed Chicago neighborhood theater, the Belmont Theatre in Lakeview, now demolished except for its facade.

Operated by Warner Brothers/Stanley-Warner during the 1930’s, 1940’s and into the mid-1950’s, the Grove Theatre was a first-run house for most of its existence.

After it closed as a movie theatre in the 1970’s, it later became home to a church.

Contributed by Bryan Krefft

Recent comments (view all 9 comments)

spectrum on November 12, 2010 at 10:06 pm

This is now the Israel Methodist Community Church.

TLSLOEWS on June 24, 2011 at 2:17 pm

What a great photo,Thanks for posting.

Life's Too Short
Life's Too Short on March 6, 2012 at 3:24 pm

Fantastic photo Bryan. That’s the first one I’ve ever seen of it before it was a church.

rivest266 on June 25, 2012 at 2:35 pm

May 12th, 1926 grand opening ad has been uploaded here.

warnergrand on January 24, 2013 at 9:07 am

Wonder what the auditorium looks like now. Are we guessing that it probably looks like the central park with the balcony separated?

Broan on October 10, 2015 at 7:18 am

Here is a nice opening day photo.

DavidZornig on June 7, 2017 at 5:57 pm

Clearer, larger version of the 1927 photo dded via Tim O'Neill.

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