Alamo Theatre

3639 W. Chicago Avenue,
Chicago, IL 60651

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Additional Info

Previously operated by: Balaban & Katz Corp.

Architects: Roy B. Blass, William T. Hooper, Fred W. Janusch

Firms: Hooper & Janusch

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Alamo Theatre, 1937

The Alamo Theatre was opened on August 18, 1926 with Marie Prevost in Up in Mable’s Room" & Paul Zimm and his Band on stage. It was equipped with a 3 manual 9 ranks Kilgen organ which was opened by organist Ramon Barry. It was closed in the early-1960’s and was demolished in 1962 and a supermarket was built on the site. This has since closed

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Recent comments (view all 34 comments)

Broan on November 23, 2016 at 7:54 am

William T. Hooper was architect and F.W. Janisch the structural engineer. Hooper and Janisch did not do much theatrical work.

GFeret on November 23, 2016 at 10:36 am

‘especially nowadays’ certainly does not apply here regarding enclosed (free) parking for the old Alamo theatre, simply because we see it stated in this vintage 1960 (after you say you’d moved away from the neighborhood) Chicago newspaper theatre section listing. Look under Alamo Theatre @ 3639 Chicago Ave there (after you’ve copied & pasted the link to access) and see for yourselves:

I remember the tearing down of the Alamo a few years later (I remained in west humboldt park through 1981 and wish now I could pinpoint just where that enclosed theatre parking may’ve been, having worked @ Rock-Ola nearby), though as a boy didn’t attach a great deal of importance to the loss

GFeret on November 23, 2016 at 10:40 am

(the link again since it appears cinematreasures site has strangely cropped off the right side of my post):

GFeret on November 23, 2016 at 10:41 am


(they can’t crop that)

JAYJay on November 23, 2016 at 11:16 am

KUDOS to C-T I must pay high compliments to Cinema Treasures for all the work the people behind the scenes have put into this wonderful site to keep it up and running for several years now. Happy Thanks Giving to all……..

TalismanP on March 7, 2017 at 11:16 am

I remember there was a pop machine in the east end of the lobby- The type which dispensed a cup and mixed the syrup with the soda water. The cups always came down crooked and you had to open the little door and straighten it, so you woud always get pop on your hand!! GREAT MEMORIES, GREAT THEATER.

JAYJay on November 29, 2017 at 7:01 am

Changing neighborhoods destroyed most theaters, like the Marbro-Paradise and The Alamo to name just a few…………………..

rockvito on January 22, 2020 at 6:54 am

i lived around the corner at 624 n monticello til 1964, lived at the alamo sometimes twice a week,wish i had pictures of the famous theatre across the street , it wasa the patrone american legion post, when i was a kid . anyone have the same memories

JAYJay on December 2, 2020 at 12:32 pm

I rem. the Famous theater it was kind of dirty compared to the Alamo. My older bro. got the organ pipes when it was shut down. Yes I do rem. The Patrone post also. I went to Ryerson School in the 1950s just south of that area.

Jake Bottero
Jake Bottero on September 18, 2022 at 3:49 am

There’s no supermarket there, though there is a possibly newer building that has very similar characteristics.

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