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Cam commented about Glenwood Theatre on Aug 6, 2011 at 3:24 am

There are a few pics of the Glenwood, taken in March 2011, in one of the “Lost Palaces” photo sets:

Anyone have any additional info on the demolition?

Cam commented about Commodore Theatre on Jan 26, 2010 at 12:23 am

If you want an example of how the Internet is making the world a smaller place, here you go: a photo of the Commodore appears on cover of a CD by a Croation band, released on a Brazilian label. There’s a short review at: View link

Not sure whether or not it’s their official site, but there’s a page for the band (Florence Foster Fan Club) at

Cam commented about Granada Theatre on Dec 7, 2009 at 3:00 am

Hi Rick. Since the guestbook was hosted on a different site, it’s possible. However, since the email address that was on the site is no longer active, it’s unlikely that guestbook entries are reaching anyone. It also looks like the last three entries in the guestbook are probably comment spam. Too bad.

Cam commented about Granada Theatre on Dec 6, 2009 at 6:25 pm

There was a terrific site mentioned in the thread above, written by a guy named Michael Kuecker. The domain has been taken over by different owners, but the original content is still available in the Wayback Machine. It’s not much to look at, but it’s wonderful to read:

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If anyone knows how to contact the author, it would be great to hear from him. I’d love to provide a new home for his site. I hate seeing good work like that disappear.

For that matter, anybody who wants to share memories of the Granada is welcome to contact me by email (). I really loved that place.

Recently I’ve been going through some of my old photos, and I’ve got a few more shots of the Granada that I’ll be adding to my gallery.

At the moment, there are about 40, starting here:


Cam commented about CMX Market Cinemas Old Orchard on Nov 4, 2009 at 7:30 am

A couple exterior photos are here:

Cam commented about AMC Showplace Village Crossing 18 on Nov 4, 2009 at 7:28 am

I’m with Ken: I’ve been visiting this theatre for years, and it’s always seemed just fine. Some recent pics are here:

Cam commented about Highland Theater on Aug 7, 2009 at 5:25 am

Hi LTS — here’s a page with a couple of (medicocre) pics of the auditorium:

Sorry for the delay in posting these. Turns out that I had never bothered to print either of the photos from the auditorium, so I had to find the original negative, and scan that.

By the way… I’ve read many of your comments here over the past few years, and would love to ask you a few questions offline. If you wouldn’t mind that, feel free to email me sometime: cambodia at

Cam commented about Highland Theater on Jul 30, 2009 at 10:13 am

A pic of the lobby, taken in 1992, is here:

At the time, it was a church, and was well-maintained. I think I have a pic of the auditorium; I’ll try to post it if anyone is interested.

Cam commented about Lincoln Village 1-6 on Jul 23, 2009 at 2:36 pm

A recent photo is here:

Cam commented about Varsity Theater on Jul 23, 2009 at 2:32 pm

I was also surprised to learn that all those pics were taken by one guy. To even have COLLECTED that many photos would be an accomplishment… and to have actually TAKEN them is absolutely incredible.

Oddly enough, I wasn’t looking for anything about American Classic Images when I found that article. Just stumbled across it when I was searching for something else on Google News.

Cam commented about Varsity Theater on Jul 23, 2009 at 8:33 am

There’s a really excellent article about the guy who took the photos on American Classic Images, here:

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Cam commented about Copernicus Center on Jul 23, 2009 at 3:59 am

They’ve done a terrific job with this place. Some new photos are here:


Cam commented about Varsity Theater on Nov 21, 2008 at 7:23 am

David, at one point there were fire escapes in the north alley. You can just barely see them in this photo:

Man, I miss that place. I loved that theatre!

Cam commented about New Devon Theater on Apr 14, 2008 at 3:13 pm

Thanks for the info. Could that have been 6417 W. Devon, or maybe 6417 N. Broadway? Devon runs east and west, so I don’t think 6417 N. Devon could be the right address.

Cam commented about New Devon Theater on Apr 9, 2008 at 3:21 am

The late Don Klein, who managed a number of theatres in Chicago, once told me that this was the “original” Devon Theatre, and that the nearby Knickerbocker (6225 N. Broadway) was renamed the Devon when this theatre closed.

Cam commented about New 400 Theaters on Apr 7, 2008 at 1:50 pm

Sam Burrows managed the 400 Theatre — now called the Village North — through most of the 1980s. At one point, in about 1980 — Burrows no longer remembers exactly when — a very old woman walked up to the box office.

“Excuse me,” she said. “I have a free pass to this theatre. I think it may have expired, but I was wondering if you would still honor it.”

She handed him her pass. It read:

Admit One
When Accompanied With One Adult Paid Admission
Up To And Including April 17, 1925

Needless to say, he let her in.

A scan of the pass can be seen at

Cam commented about Wilmette Theatre on Apr 6, 2008 at 1:32 am

Some recent photos of the exterior are in set #23, here:

Cam commented about Chicago Theatre on Sep 11, 2007 at 2:30 pm

Hi LTS — thanks for the kind words. If you get a minute, shoot me an email (). It’s about a project you might find interesting.

Cam commented about Chicago Theatre on Sep 11, 2007 at 12:15 pm

The Chicago offers tours on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays, for five bucks. (Check the theatre’s website to make sure; sometimes other engagements preempt the tours.) It’s definitely worth the trip. I’ve posted several photos (most of which were taken during the tour) in Set #21, at this URL:

Our guide was great: informative, charismatic and funny.

Cam commented about Varsity Theater on Aug 23, 2007 at 4:27 pm

OK, after a delay of only five months or so, here is the image I promised to upload: a scan of one of the old film schedules from the Varsity. I’m not sure, but I believe this one is probably from 1981 or 1982:

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Cam commented about Rhapsody Theater on Jul 28, 2007 at 1:56 am

Hi LTS —

You might be right that “gutted” is too strong a word. Andy McGhee had told me beforehand that there was basically nothing left of the original decor. Nonetheless, you can still see a few traces both inside and out, and you can also see the hallmarks of the 1930s-era renovation.

One of the interesting things that Andy pointed out was that some elements of the Morse are virtually identical to the Village North. The terra cotta on the parapet walls, in particular, is nearly identical.

Cam commented about Rhapsody Theater on Jul 26, 2007 at 5:37 pm

Hi All —

Although the interior of the Morse is gutted, there is no mistaking its roots. Thanks to AMcGhee’s willingness to put up with me and my camera, some recent pictures can be seen here:

For those of us who are accustomed to seeing old theatres ground to dust, the Morse project is a terrific change: this one appears to be coming back from the dead.

Cam commented about Nortown Theater on Jul 2, 2007 at 5:17 am

It’s very sad to see the Nortown being demolished, but I’m happy that a few things are being salvaged by the people from Urban Remains Chicago. I have an old pamphlet from the Theatre Historical Society that says the during the demolition of another old Chicago palace – the Norshore – “Local newspapers ran photos of the wrecker’s ball swinging at the columned lobby with chandeliers, furniture, and statuary still in place.”

I’ve put up a few photos from the Nortown at


Cam commented about Beverly Theatre on Feb 9, 2007 at 10:34 pm

Bill and Brian… thanks very much for your help. It’s great to be able to rely on the expertise of all the people here!

Cam commented about Village Art Theatre on Feb 7, 2007 at 3:27 pm

There is a pic of the auditorium, taken in 1990, in Set #15, here:

I used to do some work at the Village from time to time in the late 1980s. As Chitownguy noted above, there was a cat that lived in the theatre. His name was Mitchell (after a nearby restaurant), and he was supposed to be a mouser. I don’t know how effective he was, but I’m guessing he never went hungry.

This theatre had the tiniest bathrooms of any theatre I ever went in, and it was the only theatre I can recall where the ladies' room was actually SMALLER than the men’s room.