United Artists Theatre

45 W. Randolph Street,
Chicago, IL 60601

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DavidZornig on November 22, 2011 at 8:26 am

That did it, thanks!

RickB on November 22, 2011 at 8:17 am

This should make the Oct 11 link clickable. When adding links to comments I generally copy and paste the sample line from the how to make links on Cinema Treasures page and replace the data. Although it should be possible to duplicate that style on the keyboard for some reason it doesn’t always seem to work for me.

DavidZornig on November 22, 2011 at 7:58 am

Greetings CSWalczak. Your embedded link from October 11, 2011 still does not work for me.

CT Administrators have indicated that there is some specific manner in which links have to be embedded within posts, since the website revamp.

The link likely still works outside of CT, but there is no way to click on it within your CT post. It just appears as a jumbled sentence. It will not highlight when clicked on. I presume it cannot be added to the Photos section, because it is a link with more than one photo. And not a specific photo file or whatever.

According to CT, it is the manner in which it is embedded.

CSWalczak on November 22, 2011 at 12:37 am

I checked the link I embedded in my comment of October 11, 2011 and it appears to be working.

The photo that shows “Middle of the Night” playing at the United Artists also shows that “Anatomy of a Murder” was playing at the Woods; then Mayor Richard J. Daley tried to ban the film’s showing within Chicago because of content some considered at the time to be taboo, but he and the then Chief of Police were overruled.

chicagokid on November 21, 2011 at 10:54 am

The photo from btkrefft was taken in 1954. The film playing at the Oriental was “Woman’s World,” starring Clifton Webb, Lauren Bacall and several other prominent actors/actresses of the time.

DavidZornig on October 11, 2011 at 6:26 pm

The embedded links don’t seem to work. Any way to add the pics or links to the Photo section at the top of the page?

CSWalczak on October 11, 2011 at 6:16 pm

The first two photos are of the interior of the Chicago United Artists on this webpage: http://www.rphillipsphoto.com/gallery_art/movie_theatre/index_5.htm

The headnote should be revised to reflect that a commercial and retail complex finally was erected on Block 37 after years of false starts, revised designs, and financial wrangling. The proposed multi-screen cinema is not, at least as of 2011, a part of it, but there is much vacant space within in it and it still might happen one day, though not likely at any time soon.

figaro14 on October 11, 2011 at 1:30 pm

Any interior shots of the United Artists?

RickB on August 7, 2011 at 11:40 am

The “Rally Round The Flag Boys” picture may be seen here. Thanks to archive.org for having old versions of the theater page, making a search possible. The picture was originally listed as appearing courtesy of Fred R. Krauss; perhaps if someone in charge asks Mr. Krauss nicely he will let the site use it again.

Broan on August 6, 2011 at 5:23 pm

Here is a photo of the Apollo

Broan on August 6, 2011 at 5:22 pm

Here is a rendering of the Apollo

Broan on July 27, 2011 at 8:30 pm

Here is a 1964 view

DavidZornig on June 23, 2011 at 11:10 am

Apparently since the revamp of Cinema Treasures, it seems whatever the last photo posted in the new format, is what appears as the theater’s profile pic. Also it seems to maybe change, with whatever the last pic looked at by any member was. Though I’m not sure.

Pictures that are posted within the text of a members comments, don’t seem to get added to the new photo section too. As evidenced by telliots June 22nd above comment, with picture of the cherry picker changing the marquee.

What I’d say you should probably try doing, is sifting through all the old comments. And finding that “Rally Round The Flag Boys” picture in whatever comment it was originally in. Then download it, and re-post it to the new photos section for this theater. And then hope it remains as the profile pic.

telliott on June 23, 2011 at 10:34 am

I was wondering what happened to the terrific photo of this theatre from the old Cinema Treasures site showing “Rally Round the Flag Boys” on the marquee? That was a great shot.

RickB on April 26, 2011 at 7:21 pm

The picture above is probably from early 1962—the UA marquee shows One, Two, Three with James Cagney while the Woods has Rita Hayworth and Rex Harrison in The Happy Thieves. Both are dated as 1961 films, but The Happy Thieves has a January 1962 release date.

Life's Too Short
Life's Too Short on April 26, 2011 at 7:07 pm

Really cool picture. That block in the foreground was gone before my time. It looks much bigger with Daley Plaza on it.

JAlex on April 22, 2011 at 1:25 pm

Does anyone know when the vertical was removed?

TLSLOEWS on April 22, 2011 at 12:48 pm

You are right Mike,only a few loose letters,maybe it was a windy day,it is a great shot.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on April 20, 2011 at 6:16 pm

That is WHAT I CALL A MARQUEE,thanks Bryan great shot.

Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois
Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois on April 11, 2011 at 1:42 am

In the above photo, the 1872-1874, Julius H. Huber, Wheelock & Thomas, Delaware Building on the corner, now has a McDonalds in it. The building to it’s right is the ford center for the performing arts ORIENTAL THEATRE. The building behind the Delaware Building is also part of the ORIENTAL THEATRE. It is the 1907-1908 Holabird & Roche, Oliver Typewiter Co. Building. In the 1990s, when the ORIENTAL THEATRE wanted to expand its backstage area, Architect Daniel P. Coffey came up with a design plan that used the Oliver Building, while preserving the building’s Dearborn Street facade and a portion of its alley facade.

CSWalczak on February 4, 2011 at 5:08 pm

I remember when it was exciting just to walk around State, Randolph, and Dearborn with all of those theater marquees ablaze. I would trade that clunky Block 37 monstrosity with its pretentious and useless collection of overpriced stores for the return of the Roosevelt and the United Artists any day.