Unity Hall


Chicago Movie Theaters


Cuneo Hospital


St. Anthony’s Hospital


Woodlawn Avenue


Gethsemane Church


Prentice Hospital


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Chicago’s Historic Movie Theaters - 2012 Chicago 7

Chicago was once home to hundreds of neighborhood movie palaces, a type of movie house that was pioneered in the city. More than just a place to see a movie, these structures were places to escape from everyday life for working class Chicagoans. Often ornately designed with whimsical details, today very few of these structures remain, and even fewer remain in their original configuration. Preservation Chicago has identified five neighborhood movie palaces that are endangered due to potential demolition by neglect or extensive alterations.

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