Monarch Theater

2123 W. Division Street,
Chicago, IL 60622

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Architects: David Saul Klafter

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Sanborn Map 1914

This small Wicker Park neighborhood theater was open 1912-1915. In recent years it functioned as a car wash, which closed by 2019.

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kencmcintyre on July 17, 2008 at 11:21 pm

Small is an understatement. I’m surprised they fit 172 seats in there. Please also note that we do not yet have a theater listed as now being a carwash, so that would be a first.

The photo is taken off Google maps. An internet search shows the carwash at 2123 W. Division.

kencmcintyre on July 18, 2008 at 12:12 pm

Here is the car wash listing on

David_Schneider on September 28, 2020 at 2:23 pm

The 2019 Google Street View image shows that the carwash, called Division Wickerwash, is closed and its storefront empty with the blue awnings and signage removed.

I enjoyed finding this listing a couple years ago when I looked at the Cinema Treasures page for Movie Theaters Organized by Current Function and saw “car wash” included ….. Car wash! : ) Does this make it a sort of drive-thru theater? : )

The place looked cute. I liked that the vertical “car wash” sign seemed to be designed and placed in cinema signage style with lights around the edges like an homage to the location having been a movie theater.

Click here for some external photos on Google.

Wow, mine is the first comment on this page since 2008…. though this means the Monarch will no longer be listed as a “car wash” for others to discover the way I did.

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