1621 W. Howard Street

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1621 W. Howard Street was the Howard Theater, 1917, 1919.

1621 W. Howard Street, Issac Gluchovsky, Cleaner, 1919.

1621 W. Howard Street, Howard Cleaners & Dyers, 1919.

1621 W. Howard Street, Howard Shoe Shop, 1919.

1621 W. Howard Street, Factory Theater, 2016.

In 1917, Charles William Ferguson built the Howard Theater here. This location was visited in the 2009 Annual House Tour.The architect was Henry L. Newhouse. It was the first theater to be located on the city's far north side and one of Chicago's largest theaters in the age of great palaces. The building was made of red pressed brick and cream terracotta trimmings and had an ornate neoclassical facade with sculptured masks of comedy and tragedy. It had a seating capacity of 2,000. It was acquired by the Balaban & Katz chain not long after it opened. The name was inscribed above the arch-shaped window over the marquee. The stage could be converted into a theater.

The Howard Theater continued to show first-run films until it was shuttered in the mid-1970s. In 1999, the long-vacant Howard Theater was razed but its beautiful facade and outer lobby were saved and integrated into the apartments and retail structure which was built on the site of the Howard Theater.

Source: Rogers Park Directory, 1919, page 38.

Photos

RPWRHS photo C043-23599 shows the Howard Theater, 1621 W. Howard Street, as seen from the Northeast corner of Howard Street and Marshfield Avenue looking southwest.

RPWRHS photo C043-25620 shows the Howard Theater, 1621 W. Howard Street, War Bond Booth, circa: 1939 -1944.

RPWRHS photo D004-0301 shows 1600 block of Howard Street looking east from in front of the Howard Theater, 1621 W. Howard Street.

RPWRHS photo L009-0220 shows Mary Jo Doyle standing on north side of Howard Street with the Howard Theater in the background. No date given.

RPWRHS photo R044-0130 shows Howard Theater, 1621 W. Howard Street, 1918 advertisement.

RPWRHS photo R044-0401 shows Howard Theater, 1621 W. Howard Street, Orchestra pit. 1920.

RPWRHS photo S003-93841 shows Howard Theater, 1621 W. Howard Street under construction, 1917.

RPWRHS photo S013-0278 shows Howard Theater, 1621 W. Howard Street, June 1989.

RPWRHS photo S013-0279 shows Howard Theater, 1621 W. Howard Street, sign for Enrique's Unisex Salon, June 1989.

RPWRHS photo S013-0283 shows the Howard Theater, 1621 W. Howard Street, background, left side, dark building. July 1989.

RPWRHS photo T026-0109 shows the Howard Theater, 1621 W. Howard Street. Movie showing: Whilrlwind of Youth. May 27, 1927.