When you visit the Chicago theater for the first time, you are left breathless with its sheer beauty that includes superbly crafted staircase, amazing looking auditorium and an elegant lobby. If seeing all this has made you curious about the history of Chicago theater then you should know it briefly right here.
It opened its doors on October 26, 1921, and the guests were asked to pay 25 cents till 1 in the afternoon, 35 cents after that and 50 cents after 6 in the evening. The sign on the Door was played, a 50-piece orchestra performance was organized, and Jesse Crawford enticed everyone with a Wurlitzer pipe organ. The theater was created by spending 4 million USD.
During first 40 years since its origin, the theater served its fans with top class film and live entertainment that included Benny Goodman, Jack Benny, Duke Ellington, and John Philip Sousa. The theater was redecorated in 1933 and added with a few modern touches in the 1950s. It was during that latter time the stage shows were discontinued.
The theater had a bad phase in the 1970s and was closed in September 1985. It was brought back to life in September 1986 and saved from demolition. Millions of dollars were spent to return its glory and architects and interior design consultants put in a lot of effort to meet people’s expectations.
It won’t be wrong to say that the Chicago theater was reintroduced in 1986 and since then it has ruled the hearts of all entertainment lovers who want something unique and authentic. Top stars and greatest productions have performed on the stage and charmed millions. Some mentionable names are Allman Brothers Band, Kelly Clarkson, Ellen DeGeneres, Arcade Fire, Alicia Keys, David Letterman, Blues Traveler, Prince, Diana Ross, Robin Williams, and many others.
Even now, this theater looks as good as new and provides undiluted entertainment to everyone.