Adams Theatre

20 E. Adams Street,
Chicago, IL 60603

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Firms: Ohrenstein & Hild

Functions: Retail

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The Adams Theatre, one of the smaller Loop theatres. It seated just 291, and opened in June 1921. It stood on E. Adams Street between S. State Street and S. Wabash Avenue. A 2 manual Robert Morton organ was installed in June 1921.

Initially operated by Vista Amusement Enterprises, it had been showing newsreels and shorts and children friendly fare since the late-1920’s.

It was divided into three small retail stores by 1932. The originally four-story building the Adams Theatre was constructed within originally dates back to 1888. It is still standing, though it has lost its upper two stories and just two of the three retail spaces are still in operation, a nail salon and a fast-food restaurant.

Contributed by Bryan Krefft

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CHICTH74 on March 9, 2008 at 11:00 pm

If if am right this theatre is closer to Michigan Ave then State
18 East Adams is between Wabash Ave and Michigan Ave.

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