The Chicago Theater Turns 92, Still The Belle of the Ball
Oct27

The Chicago Theater Turns 92, Still The Belle of the Ball

Imagine a gaggle of tourists fresh off the MegaBus from Des Moines. They hit Garrett’s for some salty-sugary sustenance, do a little shopping at Macy’s and walk north on State Street. Just to the north of the Walgreen’s they raise their smartphones to photograph NOT the Chicago Theatre, but instead a drab modern office building. It very nearly happened. There was a very real effort to demolish the grand old theatre in the 1980’s. The...

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A Look Inside Chicago’s First Theater and More

In case you missed Geoffrey Baer’s latest piece exploring Chicagoland on WTTW’s Chicago Tonight, on Tuesday he took a tour of some of the city’s most important theaters, including the first one, and one that still plays silent films with a live organist. The video below runs ten minutes, but is thoroughly...

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