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Historic Theatres & Movie Palaces of Balaban and Katz

Sister Movie Palaces of the Uptown Theatre

Historic Theatres of Balaban and Katz: Chicago Theatre

The Chicago Theatre was built in 1921 for the Balaban and Katz theatre chain of Chicago. This image is available as a poster.

The Uptown Theatre at Lawrence and Broadway was the crown jewel of the Balaban and Katz theatre chain. We hope to one day see a thoughtful, respectful restoration of this grand old movie palace take place. Like its sister movie houses that have already been restored, we feel that this theatre is worthy of a second chance.

We plan to provide a brief history of each of the major historic theatres of the Balaban and Katz chain, those that have been restored and those that have been lost to the ages. We hope that by showing how the Uptown Theatre fits into the history of Chicago and Chicago theatre, it will urge city planners to take a more proactive approach to seeing it restored to its former glory.

If you have any historic photos of Balaban and Katz theatres that you would like to share with the online community, please contact us. We also invite you to sign the petition to show your support for the Uptown Theatre.

Enjoy these historic images of some of the greatest architecture the City of Chicago has ever known.

Historic Theatres & Movie Palaces of Balaban & Katz

In our collection of Chicago memorabilia, we have a Balaban & Katz Theaters Happiness Book, one still filled with movie coupons. On the back cover is a list of some of the major theatres operated by B&K, which we have used as the basis for our list of B&K theatres. As we add more photos and individual histories of these theatres to the Compass Rose site, the links will become active. If you would like to write a history about one of these theatres, please contact us.


Chicago Movie Palaces Book.

The Chicago Movie Palaces of Balaban and Katz chronicles the history of the Balaban and Katz movie chain and features the Uptown Theatre on its cover. The book is available through our affiliate link with Amazon.com. You may go directly to Balaban and Katz Book to purchase your copy. A small portion of the sale will go to Compass Rose Cultural Crossroads for continued support of this Web site.



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