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Local architecture serves as foundation for Park Ridge IL library fundraiser

The powerpoint presentation referred to below on Chicago Movie Palaces presented by Richard Sklenar is available to other Chicagoland groups. Contact THS for details. 630 / 782-1800


March 10, 2011

Standing in the shadow of the Pickwick Theatre, the Park Ridge Library is the ideal place to celebrate local architecture. For more than a century Chicago and its surrounding communities have attracted gifted architects, who have found rich opportunities for designing ambitious, even dreamlike structures. On March 5 the Park Ridge Public Library celebrated that creative spirit at its second annual fundraiser, Architecture for the Ages: Great Movie Palaces and Critically Acclaimed Sites. . . . .

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  1. Gary Parks

    I’ve never set foot in the Pickwick Theatre, but I got my first look at it last January from the plane as I headed into Chicago for the THS Board meeting. Even from the air, it really stands out as a truly fantastical building. It’s unusual among theatres, as well as American buildings in general. It’s one of those that could easily appear in some old OR modern movie featuring some kind of alien or lost civilization.

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