Times Theatre

4847 N. Milwaukee Avenue,
Chicago, IL 60630

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Styles: Art Deco

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Times Theater - Holiday Ballroom

This small theatre opened on December 25, 1936 in the Jefferson Park neighborhood (not far from Jefferson Park itself) near the intersection of N. Milwaukee Avenue and W. Higgins Avenue.

It played mainly second-and-third run fare, and often had theme days, such as all Western or mystery films.

The Times Theatre appears to have closed in 1954. The building later housed a nightclub, but this, too, closed. In the 1980’s, the entire block that the former theatre was located on was razed to make way for a strip mall and bus terminal.

Contributed by Bryan Krefft

Recent comments (view all 16 comments)

kencmcintyre on April 22, 2009 at 10:20 pm

Here is a 1982 photo. Not sure about the art deco, but I suppose that was before the remodel into the dance place.

jpitt on March 6, 2011 at 7:18 pm

Another theatre in the Jefferson Park area was Jeff. It was located on Milwaukee Ave. about two blocks south of Lawrence. As I recall it was a run down dump.

CSWalczak on March 6, 2011 at 7:29 pm

The Jeff has its own page here on CT: /theaters/18099/.

rso1000 on April 27, 2011 at 7:59 pm

The Rock dances continued into the late 70’s.

The Building was owned and operated by Dan Belloc, former band leader and music & record promoter. His name appears on many hit songs including ‘ PRETEND ’ by Nat King Cole.

The last ‘ BIG NAME ’ Big Band to appear here was The Woody Herman Orchestra circa 1976 – 77.

It was NOT a nostalgia concert although they did play a few of their 1940’s hits. The orchestra mainly performed their current style which consisted of Jazz & Jazz Rock – with some 1970’s pop hits of the day ( Jazzman, Alone Again Naturally, Superstar, Where is the Love ) etc. While a few probably tried to dance, it was more of a concert and most everyone just stood on the dance floor listening.

When the Embassy Ballroom sold and ran their official last on Sept 27, 1981, their regular Big Band Dancers were informed the dances would continue at The Holiday Balloom.

Those dances continued until the late 80’s when the ballroom was raised for the New – Jefferson Park terminal expansion.

Paul Fortini
Paul Fortini on November 29, 2012 at 3:07 pm

I know the Holiday Ballroom hung on until the mid 1980s. I have a photo of the back of it on my Flickr photostream http://www.flickr.com/photos/52209513@N03/6307805652/in/set-72157628174409751

The CTA “3400 Series” Flxibles spent their last few years on routes serving the Jefferson Park Transit Center. Note the mural proudly advertising shopping in Jefferson Park.

Broan on January 17, 2016 at 7:10 pm

Here is a THSA photo of the art deco front of the Times.

GFeret on January 18, 2016 at 10:12 am

it was in the ‘80s—not the '70s as stated in the theatre overview—the razing of the times theatre & adjacent bldgs. for the strip mall. The neat THSA photo showing Leonard Seed store right next door reminded me that I shopped there myself in the early '80s, when it was a handyman fix-it shop. Also there was a Foot-So-Port shoe store there too I liked (they re-located to by the portage theatre in subsequent years)

rivest266 on November 14, 2016 at 2:20 am

This opened on December 25th, 1936. Its grand opening ad is in the photo section.

rivest266 on November 14, 2016 at 2:21 am

Listings stopped in 1954.

DavidPalmquist on September 13, 2019 at 1:01 pm

Duke Ellington’s orchestra played here several times: Sunday November 10 1957 Sunday, August 20 1961. (contract signed with Mr. Dan Belloc, and the contract shows the venue as Holiday Club Ballroom in the contract.) Sunday September 30, 1962 Sunday May 31, 1964

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