Chicago Theater

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Chicago Theater Soundex Code C220

175 N. State Street

Chicago, IL 60601

Status: Open

Screens: Single Screen

Style: French Renaissance

Function: Concerts, Live Performances, Special Events

Seats: 3500

Architect: Cornelius W. Rapp and George Leslie Rapp

Firm: Rapp & Rapp

One of the grandest movie palaces ever built, this 3500 seat palace opened in 1921, the work of the firm of Rapp & Rapp, the favored architectural firm of the theater's original operators, the Balaban & Katz chain.

The Chicago was restored in 1986 to its 1930s appearance and now hosts a mix of concerts, live entertainment, and assorted special events (like the annual Glamorama fashion show sponsored by Macy's -formerly Marshall Field's- and the occasional movie screening for the Chicago International Film Festival).