The Chicago Theatre, initially known as the Balaban and Katz Chicago Theatre is a landmark theater situated on North State Street in the Loop area of Chicago. Constructed in the year 1921, the Chicago Theatre was the flagship for the Balaban and Katz (B&K) group of theaters. All along with the other B&K theaters, from the year 1925 to 1945 the Chicago Theatre was a significant movie theater enterprise. Now the Chicago Theatre is a performing arts location for stage plays, magic shows, comedy, speeches, and also popular music concerts.
The building was added to the National Register of Historic Places on June the 6th, in the year 1979, and it was scheduled as a Chicago Landmark on January 28th, in the 1983. The iconic Chicago Theatre marquee, "as an unofficial emblem of the city", appears in film, television, artwork, and photography. Abe and Barney Balaban, together with Sam and Morris Katz who were the founders of the Balaban and Katz theater chain, constructed the Chicago Theatre in the year 1921 with plans for it to be one of a large chain of wealthy motion picture houses. The theater might become the flagship for twenty eight theaters in the city and over 100 others in the Midwestern United States that B&K operated in union with the Paramount Publix chain.
Address;175 North State Street Chicago, IL 60601-3623, United States
Now the Chicago Theatre is a performing arts venue for stage plays, magic shows, comedy, speeches, and popular music concerts.
The Chicago Theatre was one of the first theaters in the nation to be built in Rapp and Rapp's signature Neo-Baroque French-revival style.
The restoration of the adjoining Page Building, which is itself a Chicago Landmark and on the National Register of Historic Places, provided office space to support the Chicago Theatre.