Alcazar Theater, Chicago

Alcazar Theater Internet Photo


     The Alcazar Theater was located at 69 W. Madison Street, Chicago. It opened in 1907.  It was one of the older loop theaters.  Construction costs were $20,000. It had one screen.  Its seating capacity was 300.  It was one of the first.loop theaters to install a pipe organ.

     It was located in Chicago first theater row at the intersection of W.Madison and N. Clark Streets.  Located nearby were the Boston and Rose Theaters.  All three theaters were owned by Harry C.Moir.  He also owned the Morrison Hotel.

     In the late 192o’s  and early 1930’s, the Alcazar operated as a 24 hour venue.  It closed in the mid 1930’s.  The Morrison Hotel, the Acazar Theater along with other structures on the block were razed in 1965 to build the First National Bank and Plaza.


Boston Theater Chicago


Boston Theater Chicago

     The Boston Theater was located at 79 West Madison Street.  It opened in 1908.  It was owned Harry Moir. It had one screen.  Its seating capacity was 296. 

    It was demolished in 1925 along with the Rose and Alcazar Theaters to make way for expansion of the Morrison Theater.

Today Theater Chicago



Marquee Today Theater

This theater was located at 62 West Madison Street. It opened on February 28, 1941.  It apparently was the second theater in Chicago that used a newsreel format.  During its last year’s of operation, it featured adult films.  It was razed in the 1980’s.  The site is now occupied by 3 First National Plaza

Casino Theater Chicago


Casino  Theater Chicago

    This was a little known theater located at 58 West Madison Street, Chicago.  Originally, it was called the Casino Garden Theater.  It was owned by Charles Weeghman.  It was managed by Harry Fitzpatrick.  It operated from 1910 to 1937.  It had one screen.  Its capacity was 400 seats.  At some time its named was changed to the Casino Theater.

     Currently, its former site is occupied by Chase Plaza.

Cinestage Theater Chicago

The Cinestage Theater was located at 180-190 N. Dearborn Street.  It was originally known as the Selwyn.  It was designed by C. Howard Crane in 1922 for producers Sam Harris and Edgar Selwyn.  It was built in Georgian Style.   After its run as a legitimate theater, it was purchased by Mike Todd.


Cinestage Michael  Todd Theater

Mr. Todd converted it to the first permanent Todd AO showplace in Chicago.  It opened on April 4, 1957.  It was known as the Todd AO laboratory.

The theater was acquired by States Theater.  It featured adult films at the Cinestage.  A flat  screen was installed.  Porno films were shown from 1970-1980.

     MR Theaters acquired the building and renamed it Dearborn Cinema in December 20, 1985.  Their management was short lived.  The building was abandoned.   It was purchased by the city.  It was demolished with the exception of its facade which was used in the new Goodman Theater Building.