Easterly Theatre

2768 N. Lincoln Avenue,
Chicago, IL 60614

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Architects: Clarence Hatzfeld

Firms: Hatzfeld & Knox

Functions: Beauty Salon

Previous Names: Walton Theatre, East Theatre, East End Theatre

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EASTERLY (WALTON, EAST, EAST END) Theatre; Chicago, Illinois.

This fairly small neighborhood theater opened as the Easterly Theatre in 1915 for the Alfred Hamburger circuit, and was located in Lincoln Park, on Lincoln Avenue, close to the “six corners” of Lincoln and Racine Avenues and Diversey Parkway.

In 1939 it was renamed Walton Theatre, but this was only for a brief time as it was re-named East Theatre in 1941. When it closed in 1951, it was known as the East End Theatre.

The building that once housed this movie theater still stands, and now is home to a hair salon.

Contributed by Bryan Krefft

Recent comments (view all 7 comments)

Broan on October 11, 2007 at 3:38 am

Currently Sine Qua Non Salon. This would be an interesting theater to study because of the way it wraps to fit the corner lot.

Broan on August 28, 2008 at 3:01 pm

Architect appears to be Clarence Hatzfeld of the firm Hatzfeld & Knox, according to the American Terra Cotta index. Original owner Emil J. Dirks.

DavidZornig on December 8, 2008 at 10:19 pm

Another one I’ll have to check out this week. The very corner space used to have a consignment antique store called The Time Well as a tenant. I think the rent increased, and then they had no tenant for years.
It was an art gallery for a brief time too.
It is an interesting building, as you can see clear through the space to Racine from Lincoln Ave. I helped a buddy fabricate the dental sign across the street on Racine back in 1989 or `90.

DavidZornig on April 19, 2009 at 11:36 am

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rso1000 on March 31, 2012 at 1:05 am

Does anyone know what if anything is left of the auditorium as it still appears to be intact. On the Racine side there is a cleanng store built into the rear of the auditorium.

lboton on July 18, 2013 at 2:15 pm

Hi! I own Sine Qua Non which is in the vintage building that used to be The Easterly. We have restored the vintage beams as best we could and lofted out the ceiling to reveal them. It is an absolute vintage gem and I am concerned out landlord will sell as a tear down in a few years. Oh Chicago, why is there no historic preservation??

Broan on July 18, 2013 at 2:19 pm

Can you post some pictures here?

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