“Two Pretty Chicago Theaters”

Nickelodeon, November 1909:

“The two picture theaters shown herewith, the photographs of which were taken by William Wright of the Kalem Company*, are among Chicago’s prettiest houses.”


“The Boston Theater, on East Madison Street, costs $18,000, and seats 296 people. The seating space is very generous, giving the audience a sense of comfort and freedom that adds not a little to the attractiveness of the house.

“The admission price is five cents on every day but Saturday and Sunday, when ten cents is charged, vaudeville being added on those days. The Boston is owned by the Boston Amusement Company, and managed by J. W. Ferris.”


“The Apollo Theater on Forty-seventh street cost $17,000 and seats 700. Pictures and vaudeville are given, and an admission charge of ten cents is made to all seats. Robert R. Levy is the owner of the Apollo.”

*Kalem was a pioneer film studio founded in New York City in 1907.

Cezar Del Valle is the author of the Brooklyn Theatre Index, chosen 2010 Best Book of the Year by the Theatre Historical Society.

He is available for theatre talks and walks in 2014, historical societies, libraries, senior Centers, etc.


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