Chicago's Great Old Theatres

Some of Chicago’s Great Old Theatres:

* The Tivoli Theatre in Downers Grove was built in 1928. It was the second movie theater in the United States to show “talkies.” The theater’s French Renaissance style has been restored to keep its charm. Did you know there is a bowling alley under the theater?

* The Music Box Theatre is a 1929 movie palace for people who love movies. It is located on the north side of the city, just a few blocks from Wrigley Field. The Music Box is able to project every kind of film – from 16mm to 70mm. The theater’s programming schedule has something for everyone, from cult classics and midnight movies to independent movies and foreign films. From the best of today to silent films, the Music Box has it all.

* The Portage Theater is located in the Six Corners (Milwaukee, Irving Park, Cicero) area in Portage Park. This 93-year-old theater is home to the Silent Film Society of Chicago. Did you know that the Portage’s proscenium doubled as the interior of the Biograph Theatre in the 2009 film Public Enemies?

* The Patio Theater (pronounced Pay-cheeoh) is located on the Northwest side of the city on West Irving Park Road. The Northwest Chicago Film Society has screenings on the Patio’s enormous screen. It’s a great place to see authentic 35mm or 16mm motion picture film prints. The projection system has been upgraded but the seating is as plush as ever.

* The Logan Theater on Milwaukee Avenue first opened in 1915 as the Paramount Theater. It still has its charming marble walls and the stained glass window at the entrance. You’ll enjoy the concession stand from days gone by, the vintage movie posters and the retro wallpaper.

* The Pickwick Theatre in Park Ridge opened in 1928 as a vaudeville stage and movie theatre. Its marquee and 100-foot tower, appeared in the opening credits of Siskel & Ebert’s “At the Movies.” The main auditorium was built to resemble an Aztec or Mayan temple. The building was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1975. It seats up to 1,400 people and continues to host films as well as live stage shows.

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