Coral Theatre

4710 W. 95th Street,
Oak Lawn, IL 60453

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Previously operated by: Lucas Theaters

Architects: Frank Neubek, Donald Thomas Smith, Frederick Stanton

Firms: Smith & Neubek

Styles: Streamline Moderne

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Circa 1980 photo courtesy of the Chicago's Extinct Businesses Facebook page.

The Coral Theatre opened in 1942 for the Lucas Theaters Corporation on 95th Street at S. Cicero Avenue in Oak Lawn. In 1963, the theater was totally remodeled both inside and out.

The Coral Theatre closed in 1984, and was razed that same year, for the construction of the Coral Plaza shopping center.

Contributed by Bryan Krefft

Recent comments (view all 33 comments)

knadles on January 23, 2014 at 6:03 pm

I loved the Coral. Saw many films there as a kid and teenager. It didn’t look like much from the outside, but I recall a lobby with a red leather couch and chairs and a fireplace, an attached courtyard/garden where you could walk around while waiting for the movie to start, and huge murals of Polynesian scenes (people building canoes, etc.) painted on the interior side walls of the auditorium. It was a great building, so of course it had to go. The strip mall that replaced it is half empty.

If anyone has interior photos of the Coral, I’d love to see them.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on January 23, 2014 at 6:38 pm

knadles: The second page of the Boxoffice article I linked to in my previous comment has a black and white photo of the Coral’s auditorium (here) though it is small and the scan is rather blurry.

KurtisT on June 24, 2014 at 10:19 pm

Yes, Smith & Neubek was the architecture firm, but the Coral Theater was designed by Frank Neubek, who designed many landmarks in the Chicago area. Mr. Neubek has retired from practice and lives in Naples, Florida.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on June 25, 2014 at 1:47 am

Smith & Neubek also handled the remodeling of the Arlington Theatre in Arlington Heights, Illinois.

DavidZornig on March 31, 2015 at 1:20 am

Circa 1980 photo added courtesy of the Chicago’s Extinct Businesses Facebook page.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on March 31, 2015 at 6:35 pm

Here are fresh links the the April 25, 1942, Boxoffice article about the Coral and Arlington Theatres (illustrations are on the first two pages, with text only on pages three and four):

Page one

Page two

Page three

Page four

Lawrence A. Pagliaro
Lawrence A. Pagliaro on January 16, 2017 at 2:28 pm

I have been casually searching for the name of the Ice Cream stand on the corner of 95th and Cicero near the Coral theater for a number of years. My wife and I grew up in Oak Lawn and our earliest dates were at the Coral and ended at this Ice Cream shop. In searching recent Oak Lawn Library photo history I found photos of two sisters (Wettergren children) sitting on a bear and the photo identifies the location as Harold’s Custard Stand located on the Northeast corner of Cicero Ave and 95th St, near the Coral Theater. The photo is from 1950 and a bit before our time there but this is the closest that I have come to finding hard evidence of the Ice Cream stands name.

DAL on January 18, 2017 at 6:30 pm

The Coral Theatre was not operated by Cineplex Odeon. C-O didn’t enter the Chicago market until December, 1986. They did take over operation of the Chicago Ridge Mall Theatres nearby.

Tim O'Neill
Tim O'Neill on March 30, 2017 at 1:06 pm

Cineplex-Odeon came to the Chicago market in the Fall of 1985.

DavidZornig on April 28, 2017 at 10:15 am

12/06/52 photo added courtesy of the Chicago’s Extinct Businesses Facebook page.

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