Happy 100th Birthday to the Chicago Theatre
Mayor Lori Lightfoot has declared today Chicago Theatre Day.
Five things to know about this iconic Chicago landmark on its 100th birthday:
- Balaban & Katz opened the building on October 26, 1921 and dubbed it "The Wonder Theatre of the World," a name that didn't really stick.
- Its first presentation was the silent film “The Sign on the Door,” accompanied by a 50-piece orchestra.
- The 3,000-plus seat theater has since hosted performers ranging from Duke Ellington and Aretha Franklin to Arcade Fire and Wilco.
- The grand lobby is modeled after the Royal Chapel at Versailles and the grand staircase is patterned after the Paris Opera House
- If you look hard, you can spot a mini replica of Paris' Arc de Triomphe sculpted above its State Street marquee.
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