Linden Theater

743 W. 63rd Street,
Chicago, IL 60621

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Previously operated by: Indiana-Illinois Theaters

Previous Names: Winchester Theater, Lindenm Photodrome

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1935 image courtesy of Frank Axelson via the website.

The Linden Theater was one of many theaters in the Englewood neighborhood of Chicago. It was located on the south side of 63rd Street just east of Halsted Street. It was opened prior to 1895. In 1914 it was briefly renamed Winchester Theater. By October 1914 it had been renamed Linden Photodrome.

The Linden Theater was closed in 1957 and was demolished in 1961.

Contributed by John P Keating Jr

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Broan on November 27, 2006 at 4:24 pm

Built 1910, closed 1957, burned and demolished 1961. Manager claimed Bob Hope had once performed there.

Broan on February 4, 2007 at 2:49 pm

Known as the Winchester as of 1914

Englewood on July 31, 2007 at 11:36 pm

From the Chicago Tribune, Thursday, April 22, 1948


The body of Simeon Wilson, 63, a railway enginer who died in a neighborhood theater while his wife was the guest of honor at a surprise party on her 64th birthday in their home at 6533 Peoria Street, was identified yesterday in the county morgue by his son, Newel.
Wilson had taken Tuesday off from his duties with the Chicago Belt railroad and helped his wife observe her birthday. When members of her club arrived in the evening for a surprise party he went to the Linden Theater, 743 W. 63rd Street. His body was found slumped in a seat when the theater closed. His identity was traced thru his railway locker key.
Surviving also is another son, Herbert.

John P Keating Jr
John P Keating Jr on August 27, 2007 at 10:51 am

The new Kennedy-King college which is part of the Chicago Junior college system now stands on the site of the old Linden.

Englewood on September 13, 2007 at 12:38 pm

It appears that the Linden Theater probably was built before 1910. I have a Chicago Tribune article about a Republican convention (probably a state convention) in April 1900, that lists as its meetings:


6922 Wentworth avenue. Speakers Judge Carter, W. Clyde Jones, Western Starr.
Hesperian hall, Sixty-ninth street and Ashland avenue. Speakers, Judge Carter, Dewitt C. Jones, John A. Henry
Linden Theater, Sixty-third and Halsted streets. Speakers Judge Carter, General George Hunt, McKenzie Cleland.

Englewood on September 13, 2007 at 5:10 pm

Re: The posting I had above … it can be taken back even further, to March 25, 1895:

Thirty-first Ward, Linden Theater, Sixty-third and Halsted streets—-Speakers: G.B. Swift, C.G. Neely, Adam Wolf, Roy O. West, James R.B. Van Cleave, and others.

(These were speakers from a Republican convention.)

calvin on September 18, 2007 at 12:00 pm

What I remember about the Linden was making it a point not to sit close to the walls, or under anything (I don’t remember a balcony) and keeping our feet off the floor as much as possible. And most of all I remember the crackling sound and white streaks in most of their films. And who could forget the basement restroom?

Englewood on November 12, 2008 at 2:23 pm

Shedding a bit of light on the start of the Linden …

One thing, real quick, in the early days of Englewood, i.e., pre-Fire of 1871 and possibly pre-Civil War, what would become the intersection of 63d and Halsted was known as Linden Grove.

OK, that’s out of the way.
From the Englewood Times, Fri., April 30, 1909, small item on the front page:

"The old frame structure, built originally as the Linden theater on 63rd St., just east of Halsted, on the south side of the street, is being torn down, and it is said another theater will be built on the grounds. The new owner, Tom Gaynor, wants it to yield some revenue, as he does not intend to build on the corner for five years, and it was impossible to rebuild the old structure to comply with the fire ordinance.”

Hopefully, more to come [at some point]. Also, Tom Gaynor, at the time, also owned most of the properties at the intersections of 63rd and Cottage Grove Ave.,63rd and Ashland Ave., as well as most of 63rd and Halsted St.

davidplomin on May 17, 2015 at 10:35 pm

Looks like a colorful marquee when lit after dark! There seems to be a sign over the side part of it. “For Sale”? Or rent?

Ossraa on March 15, 2023 at 1:47 am

In a fall, 1914 edition of the Englewood Economist, the theater is called The Linden Photodrome. (October 19, 1914, p. 3.)

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