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Chicago Theatre - French Baroque Out Of A Movie
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Seeing a concert at the Chicago Theatre is like spending the night with history. It is not hard to imagine what this place must have been like when it first opened.
Opening in 1921 as the first "movie palace" it set the stage for others across the country. From the lavish lobby with it's marble columns, grand staircase, and stained glass window (look for the original owner's coat of arms in the glass with the signature 35mm film coming out of the mouth's of lions) to the Steuben glass chandeliers, this place is magnificent! Stand in the theater and look at the individual boxes, the tier balconies, the ceiling murals and its opulence and beauty. It's like something you would see in the main dining room of the Titanic where the rich people on the ship eat. It is easy to imagine a young, beautiful lady in a big fluffy dress decending gracefully from the sweeping stairways to "come out" to society. This theater exudes class!
Like other theatres of this grandeur the Chicago Theater fell on hard times in the 1970's and for about 15 years lacked the stewardship owed to a building of this kind. In 1986 the theater was totally restored to what you see today, and it continues to be an icon of Chicago.
October 19th, 2012
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