Castle Theatre

6 S. State Street,
Chicago, IL 60603

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Castle Theatre

Built in 1915 and opened a year later, the Castle Theatre, located on S. State Street at W. Madison Street, was one of many movie houses that sprung up in the Loop in the first couple decades of the 20th century. The Castle Theatre was wired for sound films in 1929.

Three years later, its new owner converted it into Chicago’s first all-newsreel theater, with shows every half hour for 15 cents each. It predated the opening of the Telenews (later known as the Loop) and Today newsreel houses by nearly a decade.

The building in which the Castle Theatre was located has long since been razed. In the 1980’s, a large Toys ‘R’ Us store was built on the site, which closed several years ago, and has recently been divided into a couple retail stores, including Office Depot and Urban Outfitters.

Contributed by Bryan Krefft

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KenC on August 10, 2006 at 5:39 pm

In the book “THEN & NOW- CHICAGO’S LOOP” by Janice A. Knox, there is a small picture of the Castle -circa 1928- on page 51. “THE JAZZ SINGER” is on the marquee.

DavidZornig on June 1, 2019 at 3:21 pm

1931 photo in below link.

rivest266 on August 8, 2020 at 11:31 am

The Castle theatre opened on January 17th, 1916 with Mary Pickford in “The Foundling”. Grand opening ad posted.

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