Revelry Theatre

342 E. 47th Street,
Chicago, IL

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Functions: Retail

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Revelry Theatre

This small theater (around 250 seats) opened before 1910, located in the Grand Boulevard neighborhood, near the onetime bustling retail and entertainment district of 47th Street and South Parkway (originally called Grand Boulevard, now Martin Luther King Jr. Drive).

The Revelry, a vaudeville or burlesque house when it opened, sat on 47th Street near Calumet Avenue, within walking distance of the larger movie palaces which would open up post WW I and through the 20s, like the Metropolitan and the Regal, as well as the legendary Savoy Ballroom next to the equally famed Regal.

Some of the smaller former vaudeville houses, nickelodeons and movie houses in this neighborhood went out of business with the opening of these far larger and more ornate palaces. The Revelry closed in 1924, and was afterward converted into retail use. The building still stands today, still used for retail.

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