Halsted Theatre

6108 S. Halsted Street,
Chicago, IL 60621

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Previous Names: Tulane Theatre

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Halsted Theatre

This small theater, located in the Englewood neighborhood, on Halsted Street near 61st Street. It opened as the Tulane Theatre in 1912, and was just a couple blocks away from two slightly larger theaters on Halsted, the National (originally the Ace) and the Empress, which were both not far from the commercial and entertainment district on 63rd Street.

The Tulane Theatre was renamed Halsted Theatre in 1926. It closed in 1940, and has long since been demolished.

Contributed by Bryan

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Englewood on January 13, 2005 at 10:27 am

Was this ever known as the Halsted Theater? A burlesque house?

Broan on March 13, 2005 at 6:03 pm

Jazz Age Chicago shows this as having been called the ‘Halster’, although I imagine that is a typo. Status should be changed to demolished.

Englewood on October 22, 2008 at 3:20 pm

It appears that the Tulane opened earlier, in July 1907, as the Bona Venture Theatre. An ad for the theater boasted: “Restful. Educating. Refined. Strictly Moral Entertaining. The patronage of Ladies and Children especially solicited;” and admission, five cents.

Englewood on December 2, 2008 at 10:31 pm

I have an ad from the Englewood Economist, dated May 6, 1912. There is an ad for the Halsted Theatre. After the name is the address, 6208 Halsted Street. Next to, in smaller type, it reads: “Opposite the National Theatre.”

In another ad of the same newspaper, dated December 7, 1914, that has two ads: One for:
“Marcus Loews Empress"
"Halsted, near 63d Street
"Always 6 Big Acts of Vaudeville”

The other:
“Halsted Theatre
"62nd and Halsted Street
"Continuous Daily 12:30 to 11 p.m.”

Obviously, these are not the same theaters. Question again, where is the real Halsted Theatre? It appears that Jazz Age Chicago had it correct all along.

glyndaantonio on November 3, 2019 at 10:36 am

Apparently, my great grandfather, Frederick Z. Lewis purchased this theatre and lived there from 1919-23. At that time he purchased the Capitol Theatre in Eaton, MI. and moved his residency. I obtained this information from a family history published by Fred Lewis' son, Lionel Lewis.

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