6226 S. Halsted Street,
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Firms: Rapp & Rapp
The Empress Theatre opened in 1913, located in the Englewood neighborhood of Chicago, one of a handful of theatres in the S. Halsted Street and 63rd Street business district, including the Englewood Theatre, National (Ace) Theatre and Stratford Theatre. The architect was J.E.O. Pridmore with George Lesley Rapp of architectural firm Rapp & Rapp.
Originally a legitimate theatre, it later turned to vaudeville and finally switched over to movies by 1927 when it was operated by the Cooney Brothers National Theaters Corp. circuit. Later taken over over by Warner Bros., it would remain a movie house until closing in the 1970’s.
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