Realart Theatre

2138 W. Madison Street,
Chicago, IL 60612

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Previous Names: Bell's Place, Kriterion Theatre

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Realart Theatre, Chicago, early 1921

This West Garfield Park neighborhood movie house was opened in 1913 by William H. Bell as Bell’s Place. It stood on Madison Street between Leavitt Street and Hoyne Street. The theater was renamed the Kriterion Theatre in 1915 and the Realart Theatre in 1921. The theater closed in 1922 and by 1924 a furniture store is listed at the address. The site of this building is today a vacant lot.

Contributed by Bryan Krefft

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jfw on October 27, 2013 at 7:13 pm

Note the spelling is “Realart Theatre” (it was affiliated with the Realart Pictures production company). I uploaded a family photo from early 1921 (the theatre manager John Whitehead was my great-grandfather).

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