Century Centre Cinema
2828 N. Clark Street,
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Landmark Theatres(USA) (Official)
Operated by: Landmark Theatres (USA)
Architects: Edward E. Eichenbaum
Firms: Levy & Klein
Previous Names: Diversey Theatre, Century Theatre
News About This Theater
- Aug 25, 2004 — Zemeckis, Hanks to Close Chicago Int'l Film Festival
Opened as the 3,080-seat Diversey Theatre on July 30, 1925 at the busy intersection of N. Clark Street and W. Diversey Street in the Lake View neighborhood. the opening program featured on the screen Douglas MacLean in “Introduce Me” & on the stage 5 acts of vaudeville. It was designed in Spanish Baroque style by architect Edward Eichenbaum of the firm of Levy & Klein, whose work also included the Granada Theatre in Rogers Park and the Marbro Theatre in Garfield Park. It was equipped with a Wurlitzer 3 manual 15 ranks organ.
The interior of the theatre was remodeled by Publix Theatres in the Art Deco style, reopening February 7, 1930 with Jack Holt in “Flight”. The Wurlitzer organ was retained and was played by organist Henri A. Keates. It was renamed the Century Theatre, in honor of the Century of Progress World’s Fair that was held in Chicago during 1933 and 1934.
In 1973, the Century Theatre was closed, the interior was completely gutted, and the theatre was rebuilt as the Century Shopping Centre, a multi-level shopping mall.
On March 31, 2000, the struggling mall gave its uppermost levels over, ironically, to a new 1,116-seat seven-screen art house cinema, operated by the Landmark Theatres chain. The small auditoriums were decorated in a neo-Art Deco style, and the ornate Baroque terra-cotta façade was cleaned and restored and given new signage.
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