Advance Theater

3948 N. Damen Avenue,
Chicago, IL 60613

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Architects: Harry I Dalsey

Functions: Housing, Retail

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This theater, located in the North Center neighborhood, near the intersection of N. Damen Avenue, N. Lincoln Avenue and W. Irving Park Road. The Advance Theater was opened in late-1912. It is briefly mentioned in 1914 and 1916 articles in the Motion Picture World. By 1920, the Chicago Tribune gives this address as an auto dealership. Today the building houses mixed retail and residential.

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on January 1, 2018 at 5:22 am

Damen Avenue was called Robey Street until 1927, so this item from the September 21, 1912, issue of Construction News must be about the Advance Theatre:

“Stores Offices & Theater— $30.000. Robey, Lincoln Av. and Irving Park Blvd. Archt. H.I. Dalsey 1123 Throop St. Owners Kusel & Harris, 30 N. La Salle St., taking bids to close at once. Brk., and re. conc., 2 stys.”
Architect Harry Dalsey was quite active during this period. If bids on the project were being taken in September, it’s possible that the project was completed before the end of 1912, but even if not the theater was surely open by early 1913.

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