Carnegie Theatre

1026 N. Rush Street,
Chicago, IL 60611

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DavidZornig on January 25, 2022 at 9:13 am

Enlargeable version of the 10/01/76-10/07/76 William C. Brubaker image.

DavidZornig on September 7, 2020 at 8:02 am

Thursday October 12, 1967 Grand Opening print ad added credit Chicago Tribune, via Tim O'Neill. This is the post 1966 fire re-opening after being rebuilt.

DavidZornig on August 18, 2020 at 8:33 pm

1964 night shot of the Carnegie marquee at 8:20 in the below video. I never knew the early vertical sign letters swept up and down, because I was too young at the time when we lived around the corner.

DavidZornig on August 18, 2020 at 9:18 am

State Street backside of the Carnegie in 1965 at 3:11 in the below Facebook video of “Mickey One” courtesy Mister Kelly’s Chicago. The Store a tavern mocked up as Club Xanadu for the film at 2:47 is also the former second location of The Gate of Horn at 1036 N. State.

DavidZornig on March 6, 2020 at 9:58 am

At 4:58 a brief glimpse of the Carnegie Theatre reconstruction site in 1967, after the 1966 fire. Mister Kelly’s already rebuilt and reopened that May. View of the State Street side after that. Courtesy J.J. Sedelmaier.

DavidZornig on May 9, 2018 at 7:48 am

November 21,1979 photo added courtesy of Joe Lynn via Craig Locaciato‎. Steve Dahl & Gary Meier during a live broadcast of The Coho Breakfast Club at the Carnegie Theatre. Steve is breaking a copy of the “Saturday Night Fever” soundtrack over his head.

MSC77 on December 22, 2017 at 1:55 pm

“The Graduate” opened here fifty years ago today. The film went on to play six months (day-and-date with the Loop). And here’s a new retrospective article which includes some exhibition history (and other) details to commemorate the classic film’s golden anniversary.

rivest266 on November 11, 2016 at 3:21 pm

December 3rd, 1949 grand opening ad as Carnegie in the photo section.

DavidZornig on May 3, 2015 at 12:07 pm

1963 image added copyright Dexter Press Inc. From their 1964 post card published by Cameo Greeting Cards Inc. Good example of the original Carnegie marquee. Before the 1966 fire.

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Paul Fortini on February 9, 2015 at 12:02 pm

‘…also the Carnegie Theatre had exclusive Chicago premiere runs of “Young Frankenstein” and “Silent Movie”.’

And as I vaguely recall, “Monty Pyhton & The Holy Grail” made its Chicago debut here.

DavidZornig on October 11, 2014 at 4:30 am

Article and photo source for 1965 marquee pic.

mo4040 on July 16, 2014 at 7:12 pm

Saw ‘Purple Rain’ at the Carnegie when it came out in 1984. Good Times!

Broan on July 12, 2013 at 11:19 am A photo of the original Canegie post-fire

DavidZornig on July 26, 2011 at 12:37 pm

We likely crossed paths radbid. I was 11, and went to every one of those Chaplin movies. If you’d like, I can send you a jpeg of my original picture of the Carnegie marquee with the Chaplin festival posted above in the Photo section. It’d make a nice anniversary card for your wife. Drop me an e-mail, and I’ll forward you the pic.

radbid on July 26, 2011 at 12:28 pm

Forty years ago in 1971, my wife and I were dating. We would go to the Carnegie and see newly re-released Charlie Chaplin movies that hadn’t been seen in years. After the movie, we crossed the street for beers and Italian beef sandwiches at Jay’s bar. It’s sad they both are gone, but we still have those great memories.

DavidZornig on December 16, 2010 at 11:51 am

Sorry captain54, didn’t see your question until today. I’ll have to ask around about Isbells. It appears from ken mc’s 04/18/09 photo to be in the building that housed The Athenian Room in the late 60's, and later Faces in the70’s. It’s now the “new” Barney’s of New York who vacated the old Oak Tree spot across the street.

To ken mc, the Singapore Room was indeed a restaurant. I posted previously about the colorful, animated neon monkeys that adorned that very marquee. A sign that was also seen in the opening montage of WGN’s old Night Beat news program with Jack Taylor, and later Marty McNeely. Good old Carl Greyson hosted a few times as well.

captain54 on April 21, 2010 at 10:34 am

thanks David….very interesting….

do you have any info on “Isbell’s” .. closing? opening? I know the owner/founder was instrumental in the Ramada Inn chain… I see that marquee in many vintage pix of Rush St.

DavidZornig on April 1, 2010 at 5:50 am

B&G was a 24 hour diner type restaurant. It had multiple booths that looked out of windows facing the Oak Street Side, and one that faced the Rush Street side. It later became The Oak Tree restaurant. Both served the Rush St. night life crowd on a continual basis.
There was one regular, rather surly waitress that worked at B&G. Notorious for just throwing your plates on the table.

captain54 on March 31, 2010 at 8:55 pm

In the picture posted by Ken Mc, does anyone know what the establishment with the B/G sign at the SE corner of Rush and Oak was?

DavidZornig on February 2, 2010 at 1:25 pm

Just another reminder to CT Admins, the year of the fire in the opening bio of the Carnegie needs to be changed from 1996 to 1966.

Also when it finally closed as a theater in 1986, it became Hamburger Hamlet first. It then opened as Hugo’s Frog Bar in 1996.
The former Mister Kelly’s site next door was Sweetwater up until 1989, when it reopened as Gibson’s.

Down the street, the 2 story former Norge Village Laundromat(60's-70’s), later Rubus Jungle (Ice Cream & Miniature Golf- late`70’s), then Guaduala-Harrys, thenu El Torito became Carmines in 1995.

OeOeO on April 23, 2009 at 4:59 pm

Does anyone know if the Tati movie,Playtime, was shown at the Carnegie?

OeOeO on April 23, 2009 at 4:59 pm

Does anyone know if the Tati movie,Playtime, was shown at the Carnegie?

DavidZornig on April 18, 2009 at 7:50 pm

Note to CT administrators: The opening theatre description by Bryan Krefft needs to have the year of the fire changed from 1996 to 1966.

Great picture Ken Mc. What was the source for it?

The picture is pre-1966, as that is the Carnegie that burned down.
We lived in the building just East,(to the left), of the corner building with the turret style wrapaound bay windows, in the lower left hand corner.
That building housed Gus' & the first incarnation of Jay Emerick’s many taverns.
Jay still has a place called Jay’s Amore in the West Loop. He also was involved in Face’s in the `70’s.

The Singapore Room was indeed a restaurant. That giant marquee had neon monkeys on timers that ran up the sides.

kencmcintyre on April 18, 2009 at 10:36 am

This photo shows Rush Street in the fifties or sixties. There’s no Singapore theater in Chicago, although there does appear to be a marquee in the photo, on the left. Perhaps it was a restaurant.

The Carnegie is across the street.