Hooray For Hollywood

    Nancy Sinatra


Remember The Movie Theaters We Went To?


A Walk Down Movie Theater Memory Lane

Sorry That Some Are Blurred; Finding Any At All Was Difficult

If You're Interested In A Theater's History, Click On Its Name; VERY Interesting Stuff


Last Updated 04/10/12


12/30/11 – Rick Rann sent me these menus from Sonny's, at the Harlem Avenue Outdoor Theater.



11/15/09 – Jerry Williams found a ‘Wish I had one of these!’ Happiness Book, to B&K Theaters.


08/03/09 – I stumbled on a photo of the interior of the Melody Top Tent Theater in Hillside!


Ah, The Melrose Theater; I Spent SO Many Saturday Afternoons Here, Watching 3 Westerns!


The Beautiful Lido Theater, In Maywood; Remember The 'Air-Conditioned' Banners Hanging From The Marquee?


The Lido's Beautiful Auditorium



       The Lake Theater, In Oak Park, As It Looked In 1936; It Looks The Same Today, Except It Has 8 Theaters


Also In Oak Park, On South Marion Street, The Lamar Theater, Closed In 1988



   South Of Oak Park, In Berwyn, Was The Parthenon Theater, Circa 1930   The Olympic Theater, In Cicero, Still Active



A Bit To The South Is The La Grange Theater, In (Duhhh) La Grange; It's Still Active, Today

Coincidentally, Here's A Trib Link On The Renovation Of The La Grange, For As Long As The Link Lasts


Further Southwest Is The Hinsdale Theater, Yep In Hinsdale, Which Is Now Retail Shops


A Bit To The North Was The Rose Theater, In Franklin Park, Built In A Quonset Hut!


Mmmm, Some Fannie May Candy, And A Good Movie At The Des Plaines Theater, In, You Guessed It, Des Plaines



Then There's The Pickwick Theater In Park Ridge; Look At That Art Deco Marquee, And That Fabulous Interior!


Then We Move On To The Theaters In DuPage County



The York Theater, In Elmhurst, Both In The Past, And The Way It Looks Today



       The DuPage Theater Was Located In Lombard; Sad To See It Like This           The Once-Beautiful Auditorium



       The Glen Theater Is Located In (Another Duhhh) Glen Ellyn, And Is Still Going    Above Is A 20's Postcard View



               The Tivoli Theater Is In Downers Grove, And Still Has A Pipe Organ                Tivoli Auditorium


Last, But Certainly Not Least


Remember Riding The 'L' To The Loop, To The Chicago Theater?  AND, We Saw A Stage Show, TOO!

When I Was 13, I Saw Ethel Smith Play That Landmark Wurlitzer Organ, Mentioned On The Marquee.

They Turned Out The Lights, Had Her Nails And Shoes Painted In Flourescent Paint, And Turned On A

Blacklight.  I Watched Her Play Her Famous Version Of Tico-Tico.  Here Are Two YouTube Videos Of

Ethel Having Fun Doing Just That.  Tico-Tico1 Followed By The 'Heated-Up' Version, Tico-Tico2


Here's That Landmark Wurlitzer Opus434 Organ That She Played



 The United Artists Theater Is Gone; But The Palace Theater (Interior Above), And The Oriental Theater Survive

I Find It Annoying That, When A Landmark Theater Gets A Sponsor, Their Name Goes Above The Theater's.



                       The Oriental Theater, In Its Former Glory                What A Magnificent Staircase!



   The Roosevelt Theater, On The Left     Where The State-Lake Theater Was     The Shubert Theater Is Still Active


Many Thanks To Jerry Williams, Who Found Many Of The Above Photos


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