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Chicago Theatre

Chicago Theatre
Made by Vintage Roadtrip
175 N State St Chicago, Illinois The grandeur of The Chicago Theatre often leaves its visitors breathless. The elegant lobby, majestic staircase and beautiful auditorium complete with murals above the stage and on the ceiling, are components of an amazing building called the Wonder Theatre of the World when it opened on October 26, 1921. The Chicago Theatre was the first large, lavish movie palace in America and was the prototype for all others. This beautiful movie palace was constructed for $4 million by theatre owners Barney and Abe Balaban and Sam and Morris Katz and designed by Cornelius and George Rapp. It was the flagship of the Balaban and Katz theatre chain. Built in French Baroque style, The Chicago Theatre's exterior features a miniature replica of Paris' Arc de Triomphe, sculpted above its State Street marquee. Faced in a glazed, off-white terra cotta, the triumphal arch is sixty feet wide and six stories high. Within the arch is a grand window in which is set a large circular stained-glass panel bearing the coat-of-arms of the Balaban and Katz chain - two horses holding ribbons of 35-mm film in their mouths. The grand lobby, modeled after the Royal Chapel at Versailles, is five stories high and surrounded by gallery promenades at the mezzanine and balcony levels. The grand staircase is patterned after that of the Paris Opera House and ascends to the various levels of the Great Balcony. The 3,600 seat auditorium is seven stories high, more than one half of a city block wide, and nearly as long. The vertical sign C-H-I-C-A-G-O, at nearly six stories high, is one of the few such signs in existence today. A symbol of State Street and Chicago, the sign and marquee are landmarks in themselves, as is the 29-rank Wurlitzer theatre pipe organ. Balaban and Katz spared no expense on the workmanship and materials for this miniature Versailles. Marshall Field's supplied the drapes, furniture and interior decoration. Victor Pearlman and Co. designed and built the crystal chandeliers and lavish bronze light fixtures with Steuben glass shades. The McNulty Brothers' master craftsmen produced the splendid plaster details and Northwestern Terra Cotta Company provided the tiles for the facade. The Chicago Theatre first opened its doors on October 26, 1921 with Norma Talmadge on screen in The Sign on the Door. A 50-piece orchestra performed in the pit and Jesse Crawford played the mighty Wurlitzer pipe organ. After a white glove inspection, a staff of 125 ushers welcomed guests who paid 25 cents until 1 p.m., 35 cents in the afternoon and 50 cents after 6 p.m. During its first 40 years, The Chicago Theatre presented the best in live and film entertainment, including John Phillip Sousa, Duke Ellington, Jack Benny, and Benny Goodman. The Chicago Theatre was redecorated in preparation for the 1933 Chicago World's Fair and modernized in the 1950s when stage shows, with few exceptions, were discontinued. In the 1970s, under the ownership of the Plitt Theatres, The Chicago Theatre was the victim of a complex web of social and economic factors causing business to sag. It became an ornate but obsolete movie house, closing on September 19, 1985. In 1986, Chicago Theatre Restoration Associates, with assistance from the City of Chicago, bought and saved the theatre from demolition and began a meticulous nine-month multi-million dollar restoration undertaken by Chicago architects Daniel P. Coffey & Associates, Ltd. and interior design consultants A.T. Heinsbergen & Co. of Los Angeles, interior design consultants. The Chicago Theatre reopened on September 10, 1986 with a gala performance by Frank Sinatra. Since that time, an array of the entertainment world's brightest stars and greatest productions have graced the stage, including Allman Brothers Band, Arcade Fire, Blues Traveler, Kelly Clarkson, Harry Connick Jr, Ellen DeGeneres, Aretha Franklin, Kathy Griffin, , Gipsy Kings, Indigo Girls, Alicia Keys, David Letterman, Lyle Lovett, Oasis, Dolly Parton, Prince, Diana Ross, Van Morrison, Widespread Panic and Robin Williams.

The Chicago Theatre

The Chicago Theatre
Made by Lights in the Old Farmhouse
All I can say is, WOW! I'd love to see inside this palace . . . and I'm thinking that the Neil Young concert this past weekend would have really been a wonderful way to experience the place! : ) Here's a bit of history for those who are interested in this kind of thing: The Chicago Theatre opened in October of 1921 and was the first large, lavish movie palace in America. Built in French Baroque style, its exterior features a miniature replica of Paris' Arc de Triomphe sculpted above its State Street marquee. Faced in a glazed, off-white terra cotta, the triumphal arch is sixty feet wide and six stories high. The grand lobby, modeled after the Royal Chapel at Versailles, is five stories high and surrounded by gallery promenades at the mezzanine and balcony levels. The grand staircase is patterned after that of the Paris Opera House and ascends to the various levels of the Great Balcony. The 3,600 seat auditorium is seven stories high, more than one half of a city block wide, and nearly as long. The vertical sign C-H-I-C-A-G-O, at nearly six stories high, is one of the few such signs in existence today. A symbol of State Street and Chicago, the sign and marquee are landmarks in themselves, as is the 29-rank Wurlitzer theatre pipe organ. During its first 40 years, The Chicago Theatre presented the best in live and film entertainment, including John Phillip Sousa, Duke Ellington, Jack Benny, and Benny Goodman. The Chicago Theatre was redecorated in preparation for the 1933 Chicago World's Fair and modernized in the 1950s when stage shows, with few exceptions, were discontinued. In the 1970s, under the ownership of the Plitt Theatres, The Chicago Theatre was the victim of a complex web of social and economic factors causing business to sag. It became an ornate but obsolete movie house, closing on September 19, 1985. In 1986, Chicago Theatre Restoration Associates, with assistance from the City of Chicago, bought and saved the theatre from demolition and began a meticulous nine-month multi-million dollar restoration. A gala performance by Frank Sinatra reopened the theatre on September 10, 1986. Added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1979, #79000822.

State Street. December 28, 2010

State Street. December 28, 2010
Made by rjseg1
A street scene near the Chicago Theater on State Street. Check out the bizarrely random mix of scheduled acts on the marquee. The guy on the sidewalk started to yell at me after I took this shot, but I just ignored him as I walked away. Now if you want to see truly great street photography, check out my cousin's recent Blurb-published book at www.blurb.com/bookstore/invited/1401641/f2c1f2aa8ed1373b1... (Make sure to click on the full-screen icon). He is a commercial photographer, but spends part of his free time making absolutely fabulous street images/portraits in New York City.

Elvis Costello And The Imposters

Elvis Costello And The Imposters
Made by Sheehan Family
Chicago Theater. June 8 2002. SETLIST 45 Accidents Will Happen Sulky Girl Spooky Girlfriend Honey, Are You Straight Or Are You Blind? 15 Petals (I Don't Want To Go To) Chelsea Clown Strike When I Was Cruel No. 2 Clowntime Is Over I Hope You're Happy Now The Judgement Shabby Doll Tart Little Triggers Deep Dark Truthful Mirror Lipstick Vogue Watching The Detectives Encore 1 Dust 2 Uncomplicated Tear Off Your Own Head (It's A Doll Revolution) Encore 2 Alibi You Belong To Me Pump It Up I Want You

Y ICA

Y ICA
Made by The New No. 2
Large View On Black A detail of the world famous Chicago Theater marquee. This detail highlights the hidden y located in the sign. The Y is an official symbol of Chicago representing Wolf Point which is where the north and south branches of the Chicago River meet and is near where the first settlers lived. Somewhat appropriately to Chicago, Wolf Point itself is named after a popular bar that was located there.

Page Brothers Building

Page Brothers Building
Made by reallyboring
Page Brothers Building 177-91 N State John Mills Van Osdel, 1872 The north side of the building, the only remaining cast iron façade in Chicago, addresses State Street, which was the hub of commercial activity at the time the building was built. In 1902, architects Hill & Woltersdorf renovated the west façade, to present a more modern look to State Street, which supplanted Lake Street as Chicago's primary commercial thoroughfare.

Chicago theatre fire escape, Chicago, USA (October 2008)

Chicago theatre fire escape, Chicago, USA (October 2008)
Made by Cor Lems
The Chicago Theatre was the first large, lavish movie palace in America and was the prototype for all others. Opened in 1921, it was constructed for $4 million by theatre owners Barney and Abe Balaban and Sam and Morris Katz and designed by Cornelius and George Rapp. It was the flagship of the Balaban and Katz theatre chain. www.thechicagotheatre.com/about/history.html

Bret models all the T-shirts

Bret models all the T-shirts
Made by ozmodiar
Jemaine looks at their setlist. A list of our songs. In no particular order. Bret wore all the souvenir shirts at the same time and took them off one by one to show what was for sale. When he got to the last shirt he wore for the rest of the show, a woman shouted for him to take that one off, too. There was their usual deadpan reaction, then a long pause, then a man yelled, Take off your pants!

Chicago Theater

Chicago Theater
Made by d.norwood
I've been slammed with work & travel lately. Normally, this means lots of cool photos from the places I visit, but each trip has just been slammed. I did manage to open the shutter a few times in Chicago though. Though nothing special, this was my fav from the trip. Nikon D300s Nikkor 17-55 f/2.8

Chicago Theater Marquee featuring American Life

Chicago Theater Marquee featuring American Life
Made by spudart
Streets after a rain always have such a nice glow. This was shot on March 1, 2007 when Ira Glass came back to Chicago to do his This American Life show in the Chicago theatre. I like how the Jeweler's Building fits into the composition in the background.

The Chicago Theatre

The Chicago Theatre
Made by Jon Vitale
The Chicago Theatre, is a landmark theater located on North State Street in the Loop area of Chicago, Illinois. Built in 1921, the Chicago Theatre is now a performing arts venue for stage plays, magic shows, comedy, speeches, and popular music concerts.

The Chicago Theater

The Chicago Theater
Made by bongarang
Another Chicago landmark. Wikipedia entry of the Chicago Theater When I took this photo, the vaudeville-based Cirque du Soleil show 'Banana Shpeel' was running there.

Chicago Theater

Chicago Theater
Made by Ambernectar 13
The Chicago Theater www.thechicagotheatre.com as seen from the bus tour www.coachusa.com/chicagotrolley/

Chicago, IL: Chicago Theatre

Chicago, IL: Chicago Theatre
Made by pobrecito33
Chicago, IL: The landmark Chicago Theatre, located on State Street. Built in 1921, it was originally known as the Balaban and Katz Chicago Theatre. Every time I see this, I'm reminded of the Sufjan Stevens song Chicago.

that would be cyndi lauper

that would be cyndi lauper
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that would be cyndi lauper - via www.twitxr.com/tapps/updates/58666 - Location: E Benton Pl, Chicago, IL 60601, USA

iconic

iconic
Made by windybug
Chicago Theatre Chicago, Illinois Cook County LARGE I used the following .

tegan and sara

tegan and sara
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tegan and sara - via www.twitxr.com/tapps/updates/58635 - Location: E Benton Pl, Chicago, IL 60601, USA

Chicago, Illinois - Chicago Theatre Winning

Chicago, Illinois - Chicago Theatre Winning
Made by Dogbert10
The Chicago Theatre was winning! Charlie Sheen was soon to be in town, followed thereafter by Glenn Beck. I sort of wish they had been on stage together.

equality

equality
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equality - via www.twitxr.com/tapps/updates/58694 - Location: E Benton Pl, Chicago, IL 60601, USA

lauper's gym

lauper's gym
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lauper's gym - via www.twitxr.com/tapps/updates/58680 - Location: N Wabash Ave, Chicago, IL, USA



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The Illinois Institute of Art - Loop Campus
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