Address: 175 N. State St. Year Built:
Rapp & Rapp
Date Designated a Chicago Landmark:
January 28, 1983
A distinctively American building type, the motion picture palace provided a fantasy environment in which the wonders of cinema could be enjoyed. This Beaux-Arts style Classical Revival building, with its elaborate decoration and grand proportions, was one of the first movie palaces in the nation and is the oldest surviving one in Chicago. Its upright sign and marquee, alone, serve as an unofficial emblem of the city. Its architects also designed the Uptown Theatre, another Chicago Landmark.