Halfield Theatre

5451 S. Halsted Street,
Chicago, IL 60609

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Previously operated by: Schoenstadt

Firms: Grossman & Proskauer

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Brynes Building

The Halfield Theatre was located in the Englewood neighborhood at S. Halsted Street near W. Garfield Boulevard (hence the theatre’s name), and was operated by the Schoenstadt chain from the time it opened in 1914 until 1957. It was designed by the architectural firm of Grossman & Proskauer. A Wurlitzer organ was installed at the Halfield Theatre during the early-1920’s.

The Halfield Theatre was closed in 1957 and has long since been demolished. A fast food restaurant is currently on the site.

Contributed by Bryan Krefft, jpkjr

Recent comments (view all 15 comments)

John P Keating Jr
John P Keating Jr on February 13, 2007 at 3:59 am

Sorry, I know of no photos. I can still see the Halfield in my mind though. I grew up at 50th and Peoria. Our local “show” was the Radio at 50th Place and Halsted. Sometimes we would take the walk up to the Halfield. It was a much larger place.

rugzee12 on February 22, 2007 at 1:50 am

Thanks for answering John. I still take a ride through the neighborhood every now and then, not much left. There is 1 house standing on my old block at 55th and Lowe. I’m also trying to find photos of the Burns or Byrnes building which was located at 5500 S. Halsted. I believe right on the same corner was a Callas restaurant. That apartment building was big, there has to be a photo of that building somewhere. I’ll just keep trying. Thanks Again!

Telios on September 21, 2010 at 5:48 pm

I have a picture of the byrnes building on 55th. and Halsted. I also lived there in the 60’s I think about that building all the time and have lots of memories growing up there. The corner store that was located on the corner was called pappas homemade candy store. I went to Oliver wendall Holmes grade school that was located a couple of blocks west of the building. I also have fond memories of going swimming at Shermann Park. I miss that old building and all the people that there. Thanks Pat

ellenm on February 19, 2012 at 4:51 pm

Telios, I would love to get a picture of the Byrne Building (No s, I think. ) My grandmother lived there until her death in 1967, and I stayed there for months as a young child, playing in the back yard and summoning my grandpa from the tavern for supper. Is there a link to the picture?

Telios on May 25, 2012 at 6:40 pm

ellenm, I would love to send you a picture of the Byrnes Building. My E-mail is Thank You Telios

Telios on August 31, 2012 at 6:49 pm

To: Rugzee12 and ellenm I have posted a picture of the Brynes building look under photos Thanks, Telios

Broan on May 3, 2014 at 7:57 pm

Here’s an image. http://www.ebay.com/itm/1937-original-8-x-10-glass-negative-HALFIELD-MOVIE-THEATRE-THEATER-Chicago-IL-/121333725952?pt=Art_Photo_Images&hash=item1c400dbb00&ssPageName=RSS:B:SHOP:US:101

DavidZornig on December 5, 2015 at 6:58 pm

1952 photo added, photo credit Ms. Mildred Mead.

Halsted55 on December 10, 2017 at 6:51 am

I lived in the Brynes bldg in the early 50s to 1961 i remember all the freinds i had and hung out with.loved the music from Whites hardware at Christmas and Louis s candy store on 56 hung out there to .lived at 817 W Garfield on the 4th Fl had a great view of the BLVD

Broan on April 6, 2022 at 2:01 pm


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