Jim Indreika's July, 1991 interior of the Ramova, Chicago. He and Bill Benedict went to see it.

RAMOVA THEATRE, CHICAGO fundraiser

Jim Indreika's July, 1991 interior of the Ramova, Chicago. He and Bill Benedict went to see it.

via Glenview, Illinois THS member Carol Slingo. Fundraising event info at bottom of story.  THS member Jim Indreika grew up in Bridgeport and was part of the strong Lithuanian community there which earlier had helped fund construction of the theatre.

 

Maureen Sullivan stands outside the closed Ramova movie theater at 3518 S. Halsted St. in Chicago’s Bridgeport neighborhood. She’s leading an effort to rehab the theater. . .

Full story, photo here:

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/ct-met-ramova-theater-fundraiser-20120207,0,2910174.story?page=1

3 Comments

  1. The locals funded the theater’s construction? It wasn’t built by a theater circuit as a for profit venture?

  2. It was never owned by a chain. There were a number of independent houses in Chicago. The Patio and Music Box still are. The Ramova’s Lithuanian developer issued bonds. They were sold to the Lithuanian community with ads in the Draugas, Lithuanian language daily (now weekly) newspaper. Jim Indreika translated that ad and others in the Archive files for us.

  3. Very interesting as I didn’t know that any movie house was built due to bonds sold to a community!

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