The Patio Theater is located in the Portage Park neighborhood of Chicago at the corner of Irving Park Rd. and Austin Avenue. Its address is 6008 West Irving Park road.
The theater opened on January 1, 1927. Its architect was Rudolph Wolff. Its style is atmospheric and Spanish Colonial. The ceiling of the theater had twinkling stars and drifting clouds in a night sky. The Patio featured a Barton Pipe Organ which was used during silent films. There was one screen. Capacity was 1,500 seats.
Due to mechanical and licensing issues, the theater closed in 2001. It underwent renovations in 2010. It reopened in 2011. A 2K projector was installed in 2012. It switched to a rental facility in 2013. The Northwest Chicago Film Society was a tenant until 2014. The Patio closed early in 2014 and reopened later in the same year. It closed and reopened in 2016.
In 2015, the Kouvalis family sold the Patio to Eddie Carranza. In 2016, Dennis Wolkowicz was named general manager. He started a Tuesday nite revival series in addition to an irregular schedule of indie screenings and free community shows.
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