A Lithuanian Nickelodeon’s Second Act

The Eagle Theater in Bridgeport

98 years ago the doors opened at The Eagle Theater.  In 1914 it was a nickelodeon in the heart of Bridgeport’s Lithuanian community. 

Today, dozens of theaters in the area have been abandoned or bulldozed, but the Eagle continues as a banquet hall for the Polo Cafe (3322 South Morgan Street).  Though it’s not much to look at from the outside, inside the mezzanine still exists, along with the theater organ.

This was also a filming location for “Hoodlum” — a 1997 movie about black gangsters in 1930’s Harlem.


Author: Editor

Editor founded the Chicago Architecture Blog in 2003, after a long career in journalism. He can be reached at chicagoarchitectureinfo@gmail.com.

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