Lyceum Theatre

3851 S. Cottage Grove Avenue,
Chicago, IL 60653

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Lyceum Theatre, Chicago ILL in 1911
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Broan on December 28, 2007 at 6:41 pm has a photo of what is presumably this Lyceum theater.

Englewood on May 21, 2008 at 2:57 pm

From the Chicago Tribune of August 2, 1908 —– In The Theaters … Vaudeville Bills:

“The Lyceum, a new low priced vaudeville house at Thirty-Ninth street and Cottage Grove avenue, opened last evening. The opening bill included Sophia Everett and and company in a comedy sketch, Lottie Wilson, a soubrette and others. The theater, which seats 600, will introduce the innovation of changing its bill twice a week.”

Englewood on July 7, 2011 at 11:42 pm

I’ve seen the Library of Congress’s photograph of the Lyceum and it may not be the same Lyceum Theater. There was another Lyceum Theater in Chicago, on Desplaines Street just off Madison Street. It was built in the 1880s. What makes it so important was its proximity to the Haymarket Riot of 1886. Persons attending the meeting could look down Desplaines Street and see the 180 or so policemen marching up the street silhouetted by the lights from the Lyceum Theater. This was confirmed in the trial transcript by two witnesses who named the Lyceum Theater in their testimony.

I’m trying to find more information on the Lyceum Theater of Desplaines Street to see if it’s the same as that in the Library of Congess photograph.

Electrova on July 30, 2011 at 12:34 pm

This seems to be the correct photo for the Lyceum on Cottage Grove. They bought their decorations from the Decorators Supply Co. on Archer Ave.

Englewood on July 30, 2011 at 12:58 pm

Why would the Library of Congress photograph necessarily be that of the Lyceum Theater at 39th & Cottage Grove rather than the one at Desplaines & Madison? That they bought decorations from Decorators Supply Co. on Archer Ave. really proves nothing.

Electrova on July 30, 2011 at 1:58 pm

The Decorator’s Supply Catalog of 1910 shows this photo and this address. Has nothing to do with the Library of Congress photo, other than it matches.

Englewood on July 30, 2011 at 4:22 pm

Thanks. Where can I get that catalog?

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on May 3, 2014 at 12:42 pm

The September 16, 1911, issue of The Moving Picture World listed the Lyceum Theatre on Cottage Grove Avenue as one of four large neighborhood houses in Chicago that had substituted movies for vaudeville during the summer, but were continuing to show pictures for the fall.

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