Ellis Theatre

932 E. 43rd Street,
Chicago, IL 60653

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The Ellis Theatre opened in 1910 as a vaudeville theatre. It closed 1915. It was in use as a laundry for many years.

Contributed by Bryan Krefft

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Broan
Broan on July 7, 2016 at 12:33 am

This entry appears to refer to two separate theaters.

The Shakespeare was built as the Shakespeare for the Alfred Hamburger circuit in 1914 and stood at 940 E 43rd. It was never named the Ellis and is demolished.

The pictured building at 932-934 E 43rd is probably the Ellis. I wasn’t able to find much on the Ellis; it was a vaudeville theater in the area but no listed address I could find. It seems to have operated 1910-1915. It was definitely closed by 1925, used by then as a laundry. The architecture is typical of a 1910 theater and it had a small balcony. Probably they closed the Ellis and opened the Shakespeare across the alley.

DavidZornig
DavidZornig on October 27, 2016 at 4:40 pm

To be converted into a music venue.

https://www.dnainfo.com/chicago/20161027/kenwood/new-music-joint-coming-former-church-on-43rd-street-bronzeville

DavidZornig
DavidZornig on October 27, 2016 at 5:25 pm

Name needs to be changed to the Ellis, and address needs to be changed to 932 as noted in the DNA article. When I have time I will add a listing for the demolished Shakespeare Theatre. Unless someone else wants to.

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