Hoyburn Theatre

615 Davis Street,
Evanston, IL 60201

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Previously operated by: Balaban & Katz Corp.

Firms: Lebenbaum & Marx

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8/16/21, looking East on Davis St. Photo copyright and courtesy of J.J. Sedelmaier

The Hoyburn Theatre, one of Evanston’s earlier movie houses, opened December 15, 1914, across from Fountain Square on Davis Street between Chicago Avenue and Orrington Avenue. The Hoyburn Theatre was equipped with a 2 manual Kimball organ. It was closed in 1927 and was converted into a music store. In 1943, the buildings' owners Balaban & Katz donated it to the American Red Cross for its headquarters. It was demolished in 1966 to build a drive-in facility for the State National Bank.

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Englewood on July 10, 2007 at 9:51 pm

This from the Chicago Tribune of November 2, 1943:

“Movie Building Given Evanston Red Cross Unit”

“The four story Hoyburn building at 615-17 Davis street, Evanston, has been given to the Evanston branch of the Chicago chapter of American Red Cross by Balaban and Katz corporation, William Hollander, vice president of the theater company, said yesterday.

The building, which formerly housed the 850-seat Hoyburn Theater and is valued at $30,000, will make it possible for the Red Cross, thru addiditional facilities, to extend its activities along the north shore. Harry L. Wells, chairman of the Evanston Red Cross branch, said that various home services will be operated in the area between the northern city limits of Chicago and the south limits of Waukegan.

Wells said the Red Cross will use the entire building as rapidly as it can be occupied."

lovethepast on October 3, 2012 at 4:32 pm

I have a photogragh of 48 young ladies taken by Eugene Ray (photographer) in the Hoyburn Building Evanston, Illinois sometime in the 1920s. It shows he had a studio in the building. The ladies could be teachers or secretaries. Is there a photo of the original Hoyburn Building? It’s always a shame to lose part of our past. Especially the old theaters.

Broan on January 7, 2013 at 12:43 pm

David Zornig found this photo showing the Hoyburn in the distance

DavidZornig on April 28, 2017 at 3:45 pm

1909 postcard added courtesy of Cherie Calm Frye‎.

The 5th building in was either torn down or refaced to become the Hoyburn Theatre by 1914.

DavidZornig on November 20, 2017 at 6:00 pm

This building is proposed for the former Hoyburn site.


DavidZornig on March 31, 2024 at 2:17 pm

April 1928 Music Indicator Magazine image added, announcing the sale of the Hoyburn Building to Six-Fifteen Davis Corporation, with Lyon & Healy getting a then 26 year lease.

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