Chicago Landmarks

Chicago Theater

State St. elevation     Address: 175 N. State St.
Year Built: 1921
Architect: Rapp & Rapp
Date Designated a Chicago Landmark: January 28, 1983

Detail State St. elevation and sign 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.

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