Cine Theatre

2516 W. Devon Avenue,
Chicago, IL 60659

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Previously operated by: Balaban & Katz Corp.

Architects: George W. Leslie Rapp

Firms: Rapp & Rapp

Functions: Restaurant

Styles: Streamline Moderne

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The Rapp & Rapp-designed Cine Theatre was opened in 1937 in the neighborhood of West Rogers Park, on W. Devon Avenue at N. Maplewood Avenue. The Cine Theatre closed in 1953 and was converted into a Boys World clothing store. The former theatre has housed an Indian restaurant for many years.

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Recent comments (view all 15 comments)

Life's Too Short
Life's Too Short on October 1, 2007 at 2:53 am

Really? I thought I donated an old catalog to them about ten years ago that had some photos of the lobby and auditorium when new. Maybe I didn’t, which would mean it is up in my parents' attic. I visit them every month or two and will try and remember to look next time.

Life's Too Short
Life's Too Short on March 6, 2012 at 7:39 pm

Wow, I hadn’t realized this placed didn’t even make it twenty years.

Life's Too Short
Life's Too Short on March 6, 2012 at 7:40 pm

I’m also glad to see that they finally cleaned up the scar left by that glass brick tower.

rivest266 on June 25, 2012 at 9:19 pm

September 9th, 1937 grand opening ad posted here.

TheALAN on May 31, 2015 at 9:37 pm

Wow, that vertical, glass block pylon — or tower — was so impressive that Owens-Illinois Glass Company used the installation in advertising for their Insulux Glass Block. I guess architects Rapp & Rapp were ahead of their time! It’s a shame this portion of the building was destroyed!

DavidZornig on March 20, 2017 at 5:23 pm

I uploaded the July 1938 Owens-Illinois Glass Company image, in case the 2009 link goes dead.

DavidZornig on September 25, 2017 at 4:57 am

1937 photo added courtesy of Michael Murphyā€ˇ.

drgale on December 2, 2020 at 5:13 am

The Cine Theatre was converted into the Boys' World clothing store.

Dplomin on October 23, 2023 at 8:26 am

1200 seats?! Wow! Closed in 1953? Too much competition from the nearby Nortown? Or the advent of television?

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