Road Theatre

3723 W. Roosevelt Road,
Chicago, IL 60624

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Firms: Oman & Lilienthal

Styles: Art Deco

Previous Names: Independence Theatre

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Road Theatre

This North Lawndale neighborhood theatre could seat 608, and opened in 1912. It was located on Roosevelt Road (then still called W. 12th Street), between Independence Boulevard and S. Lawndale Avenue (though it actually was closer to S. Lawndale Avenue, it was named after the grander Independence Boulevard).

The Independence Theatre was remodeled in an Art Deco style and renamed the Road Theatre in 1938. It remained in operation until closing in 1951. It was razed during the 1960’s. A gas station is on the site today.

Contributed by Bryan Krefft

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Jimindreika on November 20, 2003 at 7:16 pm

The Independence was renamed the Road Theatre in the late 30s, and operated well into the 40’s, according to Beatrice Shapiro’s book on the Lawndale community.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on December 29, 2014 at 6:05 pm

The bottom photo on this page of Boxoffice for January 7, 1939, has a photo of the Road Theatre auditorium, in which 608 new seats from the Ideal Seating Company had recently been installed.

JBachrach on June 6, 2018 at 5:53 pm

This was designed by Chicago architects Oman & Lilienthal

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