Esquire Theatre

58 E. Oak Street,
Chicago, IL 60611

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DavidZornig on May 26, 2023 at 6:53 am

Cooper’s Hawk Will Vacate Esquire Theater Space and Close Its Sole Chicago Location, link below:

Life's Too Short
Life's Too Short on January 18, 2020 at 9:34 pm

Click here for an architectural review of the building’s retail conversion.

DavidZornig on December 10, 2019 at 2:59 pm

The former Del Frisco’s is now called Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurant. They have an Esquire wine, with an exterior image on the bottle…

ridethectrain on September 27, 2019 at 11:58 pm

Please update in description, the theatre closed for renovations late January 1988, reopened under Loews and M and R on February 9, 1990. Theatre closed by AMC on September 14, 2006. Just uploaded some material from the Chicago Tribune.

Question is what happened to the orchestra, when I was their in August 1994, it had 6 screens which were on the two old balcony levels. It would of been nice Loews would of built a screen in the old orchestra level.

ridethectrain on August 19, 2019 at 4:59 pm

Seating capacity of the six auditoriums from Loews Cineplex Directory. 1. 212 Ultra Stereo 2. 245 Dolby SR 3. 214 Dolby SR 4. 224 Ultra Stereo 5. 245 Dolby 6. 238 Ultra Stereo

ridethectrain on August 19, 2019 at 4:10 pm

Just want to add to the description, the theatre was operated in the 1980’s by Plitt Theatres, when Cineplex Odeon bought the change, the theatre was Loews Theatres entry into the Chicago area.

DavidZornig on January 25, 2019 at 7:31 pm

Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steak House in the shell of the former Esquire building is now permanently closed as of January 2019. Apparently originally announced in November 2018.

Tim O'Neill
Tim O'Neill on February 2, 2016 at 10:33 am

GONE WITH THE WIND premiered simultaneously at the Woods and Oriental Theatres. Maybe GWTW played at the Esquire later in 1940; I’m not sure.

juliamcfit on February 2, 2016 at 10:29 am

Does anyone know the what the premier date for Gone With The Wind was-at the Esquire theater, in 1940? Also the dates for premiers also at esquire in spring, summer 1939. I’m looking for a magazine cover of my grandmother standing in a long line at the Esquire in 1939 or 1940. Any help would be appreciated!

DavidZornig on November 16, 2015 at 7:16 am

Circa 1937 aerial photo added showing construction of the Esquire Theatre, courtesy of Javier Quevedo.

rivest266 on November 23, 2014 at 11:14 am

February 16th, 1938 uploaded in photo section as well as

Also: February 2nd, 1990 grand opening ad also in photo section

mo4040 on July 16, 2014 at 7:15 pm

Another great movie house shuttered. I remember when the Esquire ran ‘Star Wars’ non-stop in the summer of 1977.

RJT70mm on November 13, 2012 at 7:28 am

In “the Sound Track Book of the Theatre” published by Motiograph in the late forties there’s an article about the Esqire’s booth and projectionist Lou Malisoff. They had Motiograph K’s, RCA 1050’s and Brenkert Enarcs.

Life's Too Short
Life's Too Short on November 13, 2012 at 12:09 am

Judgement should not be passed until they finish. But to me it looks like this is going to be an extremely clumsy-looking building.

CSWalczak on May 13, 2012 at 11:24 am

Click here to see Broan’s pictures.

Tim O'Neill
Tim O'Neill on May 13, 2012 at 10:39 am

Here’s what I usually do with links; I BLUE copy it; then go to my e-mail; click “COMPOSE”; paste link onto page where I would normally type e-mail; send it to myself….and then click link and WALLLLA….there’s the link with photos of video clip….

Broan on May 13, 2012 at 9:30 am

Just copy and paste the address, David. I don’t always have time to mess with the HTML link formatting, but the URL address works and that’s what matters.

DavidZornig on May 13, 2012 at 9:22 am

Broan, your above link is not accessable.
When CT changed their website format, they changed the manner in which links need to be embedded into comments.

Unfortunately I do not know what that requires. Therefore I only attach photos in the Photo Section.

Broan on May 13, 2012 at 5:14 am

Broan on August 25, 2011 at 9:55 am

Broan on July 27, 2011 at 8:44 pm

Here is a 1955 photo of the topiary at the Esquire

CompassRose on February 20, 2011 at 9:42 pm

Hmmm. You’re right, it does look like it might say Carnegie. Perhaps the eBay seller got it wrong, or the original newspaper photographer? (The actual caption says the Esquire on Rush, so something is wrong.)

I purchased images from this seller before, and he told me his negatives came from the Sun-Times or the Detroit News.

RickB on February 20, 2011 at 6:41 pm

There’s a larger version of the picture here right now. Using a zoom function to examine the sign above the admission price, I’m pretty sure that it says “CARNEGIE THEATRE”. The turnstile could be a relic of the Carnegie’s brief early existence as a newsreel theater just a couple years before. What the 12-year-old is doing on Rush Street in the dark is another matter.

Broan on February 20, 2011 at 5:42 pm

The marble looks like the Esquire though.