Rosewood Theatre

1823 W. Montrose Avenue,
Chicago, IL 60613

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Previously operated by: Ascher Brothers Inc.

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Rosewood Theatre, Chicago IL in 1917

This nearly 1000-seat theater was located in the Ravenswood neighborhood, and opened in 1916 for the Ascher Brothers circuit.

Having closed as a movie house decades ago, the building served until recently as a retail store, but in October 2006, was demolished.

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Broan on October 13, 2006 at 8:52 pm

I should add that I do have copies of photos showing the facade and interior from opening. The interior was much like the Logan before it was quadded.

Broan on October 14, 2006 at 6:17 am

It closed May 3, 1953 and was considered for use as a dance hall, but the community did not allow it and it underwent retail conversion.

Broan on November 3, 2006 at 6:54 am

Demolition is proceeding quickly. You can see the remaining plaster work.

ewokpelts on December 3, 2006 at 12:48 am

Is this where the Beatuy Salon(and later a subway franchise) was?
My stepfather owns a baseball card store not too far away ( and I would walk past this every time i got off the montrose stop.

Broan on December 3, 2006 at 6:56 am

If you were looking out the front door of the station, it would be across the street to the right. There was a cleaners on the corner and the theater itself was a cabinet shop.

Broan on December 3, 2006 at 5:06 pm

Here are photos of this theater.

Broan on January 22, 2008 at 12:28 pm

Today’s major street collapse due to a broken water main occurred immediately in front of the building that previously included the Rosewood theater. A portion of the former lobby sidewall is visible in many of the shots.

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kencmcintyre on November 20, 2008 at 5:41 pm

Here is a brief excerpt from a Chicago Daily Tribune article dated March 1, 1921. The article says the theater is at the intersection of Montrose and Lincoln.

One of Lincoln Street’s best known movie houses, the Rosewood, has changed hands. Alee G. Lurie has bought the property at the southeast corner of Montrose and Lincoln.

kencmcintyre on April 16, 2009 at 5:33 pm

Organ failure in 1921:

March 23, 1917, plaintiff had judgment against defendants by confession for $3,759.72 and costs. The defense set up in the affidavit is that defendants on February 13, 1917, operated the Rosewood theatre as a moving picture house; that when they purchased the theatre it was supplied with a pipe-organ orchestra of plaintiff’s manufacture; that it did not give satisfaction and that plaintiff represented that it could not be made to give satisfaction because of its location in the theatre; that thereupon the plaintiff sold to the defendants one pipe-organ orchestra, style “V,” for $5,500, and warranted that it would give satisfaction; that $1,510 was paid on account of the purchase price at the time and the balance of the purchase price was the note in judgment; that the organ did not give satisfaction in that it failed to keep in tune; that the various pipes and stops were so constructed as to create sounds which were displeasing to all who heard them; that defendants notified plaintiff of the defects, which it attempted to correct, but failed in doing so; that by reason of such defects the organ was of no value to defendants, who notified plaintiff to remove it, which plaintiff refused to do, whereupon defendants removed it and placed it in storage for plaintiff’s account, sending the warehouse receipt therefor to it; that a consideration for said $3,900 note on which judgment had been confessed had wholly failed. A chattel mortgage was given upon the organ to secure the note, and it appears that after the organ was stored plaintiff sold it under the chattel mortgage and that it brought $1,044. On a trial before court and jury there was a verdict and judgment in defendants' favor, and plaintiff brings the record here by this appeal for review.

There was an abundance of evidence from which the jury might properly find that the style “V” organ which defendants bought of plaintiff for their moving picture theatre was wholly unsatisfactory for the purpose for which it was purchased and entirely worthless to defendants in their moving picture business in which it was to be used, and that plaintiff knew the purpose for which the organ was to be used and, so knowing, installed it in defendants' Rosewood theatre.

We find no error in the instructions or in the rulings of the trial judge upon the admission or exclusion of testimony. The record being free from reversible error, the judgment of the municipal court is affirmed.

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