Elmo Theatre

2404 W. Van Buren Street,
Chicago, IL 60612

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Elmo Movie Program - Outside.

Located in the East Garfield Park neighborhood, near the intersection of W. Van Buren Street and S. Western Avenue, the 780-seat Elmo Theatre opened in 1913. It closed in the early-1930’s, and reopened in the mid-1930’s, continuing to operate into the 1950’s. It was demolished to make way for the Congress (later renamed Eisenhower) Expressway.

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RickB on July 5, 2011 at 10:57 pm

If this theater was torn down for an expressway built in the 1950s then the cars in the photos must be capable of time travel. Doesn’t really look like Chicago either. I like the marquee though. Which Elmo is that, really?

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on July 6, 2011 at 12:14 am

RickB;You are correct, the photograph above is not this Elmo Theatre. It is a photograph of the Elmo Theatre, St. Elmo, IL, which has its own page on Cinema Treasures #7601

CrustyB on April 21, 2014 at 3:20 pm

I have about 50 movie programs from the Elmo theater my grandparents collected from about 1936 through 1938. I’ve uploaded a sample of one to the photo section. Note the “free stainless steel kitchenware” promotion that was common at the time.

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