The Morse Theater, 1328 W Morse Ave, Rogers Park, 1910, Chicago.
The theater still exists and is now known as Mayne Stage. It is one of my favorite music venues in the city.
Crossing Randolph at Dearborn, 1956, Chicago.
McVicker’s Theater, 25 W Madison, 1878, Chicago.
This building was the second iteration of the theater, the first built in 1857 and destroyed in the Great Fire in 1871.
There would be 3 more versions of McVicker’s built, the last demolished in 1985.
Burlesque Birthday Cake, 1933, Chicago. Aaron Bohrod
Chicago (Backstage at the Ballet), 1962, Chicago. Lee Balterman
Birth of A Nation showing at the Illinois Theater, 65 E Jackson, 1931, Chicago.
This showing was a rerelease of the classic film from 1915.
Cross section of the Auditorium Theater, 50 E Congress, 1889, Chicago.
Tarzan and the Golden Lion showing at the Castle Theater, State and Madison, 1927, Chicago.
via Cinema Treasures
South State Street, 1963, Chicago.
State Street at Randolph, 1932, Chicago.
The Ambassador Theater, 5825 W Division and Mansfield (now Monitor Street), 1924, Chicago.
The building still stands and is now a church.
Lobby card for the film noir classic, The Chicago Kid, 1945.
Men’s smoking room in a Chicago theater, 1907, Chicago.
From a German guidebook of Chicago.
Flooding at State and Monroe, (the Orpheum stood at 112 S State Street), 1937, Chicago.
Built in 1907 as a vaudeville theater, the site is now occupied by a Men’s Wearhouse.
Carnegie Theater, Rush St between Oak and Bellevue, now Hugo’s Frog Bar, 1962, Chicago.
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