Glamour Theater

220 W. 63rd Street,
Chicago, IL 60621

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The Glamour Theater, located in the Englewood neighborhood on W. 63rd Street, near S. Wentworth Avenue, was opened on April 10 1909. It was mentioned an article in the October 23, 1909 Moving Picture World which talks about the theater’s renewed success since it dropped vaudeville and began featuring “moving pictures and illustrated songs”. The theater was in operation until at least August 1915. By the 1920’s, a hardware store was listed at this address. The former theater was demolished to make way for the construction of the Dan Ryan Expressway in the early-1960’s.

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on January 25, 2022 at 8:34 pm

The Glamour Theatre was still in operation at least as late as August 1, 1915, when it was mentioned in that day’s edition of the Chicago Examiner. The owner at that time was an E. A. Rysdon, who had contributed $5 to the Mayor’s fund for the survivors of the S.S. Eastland, a Great Lakes excursion steamer which had capsized at its berth in the Chicago River a few days earlier, leading to the deaths of 844 passengers and crew members. This event remains the deadliest disaster in Chicago’s history and in the history of Great Lakes shipping.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on August 1, 2023 at 1:32 am

The April 17, 1909 issue of Show World said that the new Glamour Theatre in Chicago’s Englewood neighborhood had opened “last Saturday.” As the 17th itself was a Saturday, the opening would have taken place on the 10th. The 298-seat house cost $14,000 and opened with two acts of vaudeville, an illustrated song, and motion pictures. The policy of the new house was three changes of program per week, with admission ten cents for evenings and five cents for matinees.

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