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Javier Ayala of the Chicago Theatre and Richard Sklenar, THS executive director getting readsy to sample the Chicago Theatre's 90th birthday cheese cake. James A. Theremin photo

90 CANDLES FOR “WONDER THEATRE OF THE WORLD”

Today is the 90th anniversary of the 5:30 pm opening of the legendary Chicago Theatre.  Having conquered the West, South and North sides with palatial palaces, Balaban and Katz  arrived in the Chicago Loop in a big way and they were on their way to much bigger things with Paramount Pictures and Paramount – Publix theatres.  The Chicago was designed by Rapp & Rapp with furnishings by Marshall Field & Co. and bronze and crystal fixtures by Victor S. Pearlman Co.

Opening day featured Norma Talmadge in “The Sign on the Door”,  Buster Keaton in  “The Playhouse”, a symphony orchestra filling the expansive pit,  and Jesse Crawford “Poet of the Organ” at the still extant Wurlitzer.  Happy 90th birthday Chicago Theatre ! (RS)

THS member Javier Ayala of the Chicago Theatre and Richard Sklenar, THS executive director getting ready to sample the Chicago Theatre's 90th birthday cheese cake. James A. Theremin photo

 

2 Comments

  1. Now, if the only could really restore the lobby and get rid of that terrible chandelier AND put a deeper stage on the place, they might be really have a really useable venue. However, after ninety years, it’s still there!
    Happy Birthday Chicago Theatre, you have made it’s builders your original cost 50 or more times over!

  2. They are probably willing to name it the Chaney-Carlo lobby if you would like to fund those restorations.

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