4223 S. Archer Avenue,
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Firms: Levy & Klein
Previous Names: Brighton Park Theatre
Opened as the Brighton Park Theatre in 1919, it was built for the Schoenstadt circuit by the architectural firm of Levy & Klein, whose other Chicago theatres include the North Side’s Granada Theatre and Diversey Theatre (later the Century Theatre). It was named for the neighborhood it was located in and stood on S. Archer Avenue near S. Sacramento Avenue.
The Brighton Park Theatre, which did not have a stage and was built specifically for movies, also contained a 2/6 Kimball organ.
The theatre was known as the Brighton Theatre after the ‘Park’ portion of its name was dropped during the 1950’s.
After a long life as a popular neighborhood house, it closed its doors on September 26, 1991 with Walt Disney’s “101 Dalmations” & Kathleen Turner in “V.I. Warshawski”. It was demolished in September 2003.
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