United Artists Theatre

45 W. Randolph Street,
Chicago, IL 60601

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DavidZornig on January 9, 2023 at 9:24 pm

United Artists Theatre seen 7/14/87 & 9/17/89 in two panoramic photos copyright Thomas Yanul in below link.


DavidZornig on October 3, 2022 at 2:30 pm

6/20/75-12/4/75 photo in link below. Disregard description of it being June 1976.


DavidZornig on July 9, 2021 at 6:47 pm

12/29/86 photo credit Kevin Mueller.


DavidZornig on March 29, 2021 at 6:47 pm

Painting on Flickr.
Some artistic license as that film came out 2 years after the United Artists was demolished.


DavidZornig on March 9, 2021 at 5:43 am

Mis-dated Chicago Sun-Times image.
“Jaws” ran at the United Artists 6/20/75-12/04/75.


DavidZornig on October 1, 2020 at 7:55 pm

Full width 8/31/66-9/22/66 photo credit Zeus Of Hollywood via Flickr.


DavidZornig on September 21, 2020 at 7:25 am

I thought this was in the gallery but it wasn’t. Underside of the United Artists marquee. 1/17/64-2/20/64 photo credit Jeanette Williams via Flickr link below.


DavidZornig on January 6, 2020 at 12:44 pm

YouTube link with footage from November-December 1978 that shows the United Artists Theatre beginning at the 2:46 mark. It shows “Blackjack” with an added feature of “The Black Godfather” from 1974, which does not appear on the master list of film presentations on page 5 of the comments. The Oriental Theatre is seen as well.


Trolleyguy on May 9, 2018 at 8:12 am

The much maligned Block 37 has been completely developed and also includes a mainstream movie theatre, the AMC Dine In Block 37.

DavidZornig on January 20, 2018 at 8:02 pm

July 29, 1965 photo added credit Roland Anderson.

DavidZornig on August 7, 2017 at 7:34 pm

6/24/66-7/22/66 photo, source unknown.

DavidZornig on June 7, 2017 at 5:40 pm

5/15/64 -6/04/64 photo added credit Saul Smaizys.

Trolleyguy on September 13, 2016 at 7:43 am

My neighbor Joe was the manager of the UA towards its closing. He told me that in 1973, a long-term run of “The Exorcist” was helping keep the doors open while the other Loop theatres were showing Kung Fu and Blaxploitation films.

Tim O'Neill
Tim O'Neill on September 13, 2016 at 2:12 am

Hey, Barry. Check out the photo section. I just posted a photo of the auditorium.

barryinperth on September 13, 2016 at 1:36 am

Why are there no auditorium photographs posted? I’m keen to see what the interior was like.

DavidZornig on April 29, 2015 at 7:44 pm

1962 photo added courtesy of the John Chuckman Collection.

DavidZornig on February 18, 2015 at 6:44 am

Additional demolition photos added. Photo credits John P. Keating Jr.

WayOutWardell on January 31, 2015 at 7:14 pm

Re: the nightclub next door, Flo’s Kit Kat – there’s a short film called “Dance Craze” on YouTube filmed at Flo’s, including a scene of the swinging girl outside.

RobertR on December 31, 2014 at 6:01 am

What awesome signage and to think now how AMC makes the outside of their locations dark and marqueeless.

Tim O'Neill
Tim O'Neill on December 30, 2014 at 11:27 pm

It turns out the United Artists was still in operation as of February, 1988. Here’s a newspaper ad from February 26, 1988. Cineplex Odeon pulled out of there , I believe, in late 1987 and Henry Plitt took it back briefly, if I’m not mistaken.


rivest266 on March 5, 2014 at 4:54 pm

1927 ad in photo section.

chicagomike47 on September 9, 2012 at 9:10 pm

i saw the world premeire of NORTH BY NORTHWEST there, and got alfred hitchcocks’s autograph

CSWalczak on February 29, 2012 at 7:44 pm

I was referring to the photo at the top of the page that is part of the photos gallery for this page, not any photo posted by bkrefft.

chicagokid on February 29, 2012 at 3:31 pm

The photo by btkrefft clearly showed “Woman’s World” at the Oriental. “Anatomy of a Murder” was a 1959 release and was not in the photo about which I commented originally.