Tuesday, February 14, 2017

The History of the Telenews Theater at State and Randolph Streets, Chicago, Illinois.

Advertised as “the magazine of the screen," the Telenews Theater at 165 North State Street, Chicago, opened on December 23, 1939 as part of a chain that originated in San Francisco, California.
This small 606 seat theater was once the place where moviegoers could see a couple of cartoons, a newsreel, a comical short, and the famous “March of Time” news reports, all in a single hour. Newsreels featured world, national and local news, as well as weekly sports shorts. The Telenews Theater had seating provided in orchestra and balcony levels.
Keeping with its newsy theme, a United Press teletype machine clacked away in the lobby where an usher would continually spike the fresh news copy on the wall behind the machine.
The Telenews Theater opened showing World War II frontline footage and WWII news stories from 1939 through the end of the war in the mid 40s. With televisions in more homes, news broadcasts became a mainstay of viewers, and theaters like Telenews around the country closed or changed format. 
Telenews Theater was renamed the Loop Theater on April 8, 1950 and began to show first-run feature films. In July of 1950, the newsreel policy was restored, as was the Telenews name. Then in August of 1953, the theater again switched to first-run films, and the name was changed, this time for good, back to the Loop Theater.
In the mid-to-late-1960’s, the theater began to show a lot of B-grade films as well as Russ Meyer-type adult films, in addition to continuing to screen first-run features. The theater thrived during this mixed-format programming. Other downtown movie houses closed in the 70s with dwindeling attendance, along with the Loop Theater which closed on April 2, 1978.

For years, the former Loop Theater had housed retail stores, but had been vacant for some time. The building was demolished in November and December 2005 to make way for a mixed-use 31-story high rise originally called MoMo (for Modern Momentum), but now called the Joffrey Tower, for the Joffrey Ballet, which is now housed in the building. The tower also is home to the Residences at the Joffrey Tower condominiums and two floors of retail space. 


FROM THE JAN. 5, 1940 ISSUE OF THE FILM DAILY:

LATEST IN EQUIPMENT IN CHICAGO’S TELENEWS THEATER
Chicago — Latest advances in motion picture theater equipment are incorporated in the new Telenews Theater recently opened here by its owners and operators, Midwest News Reel Theaters, of which Herbert Scheftel of New York City is president.

House has RCA sound, Simplex projectors, and American Seating Co.’s Bodiform chairs. Approximately 400 of the latter are installed on the main floor of the auditorium, and 200 in the balcony.

A Westinghouse air conditioning system is used, Perey turnstiles, and Stanley Bigelow carpets supplied by Marshall Field Co.

The theater has a unique front and marquee, White Way Co. lighting, plus clear cut screen effect and excellent acoustics.

Marshall Field supplied the furnishings for the rest rooms. Equipment contract was executed by National theater Supply.

Shaw, Naess and Murphy were architects.




Movies played from 1964 until its closing in 1978.

1/03/1964 – WHO’S BEEN SLEEPING IN MY BED?
1/24/1964 – FANTASIA
3/06/1964 – TWO WOMEN plus THE SKY ABOVE, THE MUD BELOW
3/20/1964 – THE SILENCE
5/01/1964 – THE EMPTY CANVAS
5/15/1964 – WEEKEND
6/05/1964 – THE CHRISTINE KEELER STORY
6/19/1964 – HORRORS OF THE BLACK MUSEUM plus HOUSE OF FRIGHT
6/26/1964 – ZULU
7/24/1964 – YESTERDAY, TODAY AND TOMORROW
9/25/1964 – ONE POTATO, TWO POTATO
10/16/1964 - SHOCK TREATMENT
10/23/1964 - MASQUE OF THE RED DEATH plus BLACK SABBATH
10/30/1964 - LOS TARANTOS
11/06/1964 – LILI
11/27/1964 - DIARY OF A BACHELOR
12/18/1964 - SANTA CLAUS CONQUERS THE MARTIANS plus SANTA’S MAGIC KINGDOM 
12/25/1964 - GOODBYE CHARLIE
1/22/1965 – MARRIAGE – ITALIAN STYLE
3/19/1965 – ZORBA THE GREEK
7/02/1965 – THE PAWNBROKER
8/06/1965 – CASANOVA 70
10/08/1965 – DARLING
11/17/1965 - UNDER AGE? – THE VERDICT IS YOURS
11/26/1965 - PARIS SECRET
12/22/1965 - THE 1OTH VICTIM
2/11/1966 – THE SLENDER THREAD
3/10/1966 – DARLING
4/22/1966 – THE SHOP ON MAIN STREET
6/03/1966 – MALE COMPANION
6/24/1966 – AROUND THE WORLD, UNDER THE SEA
7/27/1966 – DEAR JOHN
8/17/1966 – THE WILD ANGELS
10/21/1966 - GIGI
11/18/1966 - HOTEL PARADISO
11/30/1966 - MATA HARI plus THE THIN MAN
12/7/1966 – NINOTCHKA plus MIN AND BILL
12/14/1966 - ANNA KARENINA plus GO WEST
12/21/1966 - CAMILLE plus THE BIG STORE
12/28/1966 - THE SOUND OF MUSIC
4/21/1967 – THE TAMING OF THE SHREW
9/27/1967 – ENTER LAUGHING
10/13/1967 - BLACKBOARD JUNGLE plus A PATCH OF BLUE
10/27/1967 - THE FLIM FLAM MAN
11/10/1967 - OUR MOTHER’S HOUSE
12/01/1967 – HOUSE OF 1000 DOLLS
12/22/1967 - THE GRADUATE
1/18/1968 – FAR FROM THE MADDENING CROWD
2/23/1968 – THE GRADUATE
6/14/1968 – BLUE
7/03/1968 – THE PRODUCERS
8/14/1968 – TARGETS
8/28/1968 – ANYONE CAN PLAY
9/18/1968 – THE PRODUCERS
10/04/1968 – THE YOUNG RUNAWAYS
10/25/1968 - THERESE AND ISABELLE
12/27/1968 - SKIDOO
1/10/1969 – LES BICHES
2/21/1969 – VIXEN
12/19/1969 - JOHN AND MARY
3/13/1970 – CHERRY, HARRY AND RAQUEL
8/26/1970 – WITHOUT A STITCH
12/16/1970 - EQUINOX
2/10/1971 – UNCLE TOM’S CABIN
3/19/1971 – THE STEWARDESSES
6/30/1971 – EVIL KNIEVEL
7/28/1971 – BILLY JACK
9/24/1971 – HONKY
11/05/1971 – THE ANIMALS
11/12/1971 - THE BUS IS COMING
11/19/1971 - HOUSE OF WAX (IN 3-D)
12/17/1971 - THE STEWARDESSES
12/25/1971- DIRTY HARRY
4/21/1972 – BUCK AND THE PREACHER
7/28/1972 – FRITZ THE CAT
9/22/1972 – A GROUP MARRIAGE
10/13/1972 - IS THE FATHER BLACK ENOUGH?
10/27/1972 - PRIVATE PARTY
11/3/1972 – BUCK AND THE PREACHER plus COOL BREEZE
11/17/1972 - RAGE
12/01/1972 – SUPERFLY plus MELINDA
12/20/1972 - TRICK BABY
2/02/1973 – BLACK GIRL
2/23/1973 – SHAMUS
3/14/1973 – DELIVERANCE
3/23/1973 – WATTSTAX
4/13/1973 – SCHLOCK
4/22/1973 – DUEL OF THE IRON FIST
5/11/1973 – THE MACK
6/01/1973 – THE MAN FROM DEEP RIVER
6/15/1973 – KUNG FU: THE INVISIBLE FIST
6/29/1973 – EMPEROR OF THE NORTH
7/06/1973 – DUEL OF THE IRON FIST plus KUNG FU: THE INVISIBLE FIST
7/27/1973 – CAHILL – U.S. MARSHALL
8/10/1973 – THEY CALL ME TRINITY plus TRINITY IS STILL MY NAME
8/24/1973 – HEAVY TRAFFIC
10/05/1973 – LAST TANGO IN PARIS
11/16/1973 - DAY OF THE JACKAL plus PETE N TILLIE
11/22/1973 - BLACKBELT
11/30/1973- BLACK GIRL plus ACROSS 110TH STREET
12/20/1973 - TROUBLE MAN plus HAMMER
12/25/1973 - THE STING
7/19/1974 – THE LORDS OF FLATBUSH
8/02/1974 – BUSTER AND BILLIE
8/16/1974 – THE CHINESE GODFATHER
9/04/1974 – BLAZING SADDLES plus BLUME IN LOVE
9/13/1974 – EXORCISM’S DAUGHTER
9/20/1974 – VIXEN/CHERRY, HARRY, RAQUEL/BEYOND VALLEY OF THE DOLLS
10/18/1974 - UPTOWN SATURDAY NIGHT plus THE LEGEND OF HELL HOUSE
10/25/1974 - LAW AND DISORDER
11/08/1974 – THE SPOOK WHO SAT BY THE DOOR/5 ON THE BLACK HAND SIDE
11/15/1974 - THE MANDARIN MAGICIAN
11/22/1974 - GOLD
12/06/1974 – LOVE UNDER 18 plus SENSUOUS YOUTH
12/20/1974 - THE FRONT PAGE
1/15/1975 – VOODOO BLACK EXORCIST
1/31/1975 – YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN
3/14/1975 – A WOMAN UNDER THE INFLUENCE
4/25/1975 – SUPERVIXENS
6/20/1975 – DOLEMITE
6/27/1975 – SHAMPOO
7/04/1975 – THE GROOVE TUBE plus FLESH GORDON
7/11/1975 – LOVE (IN 3-D)
8/08/1975 – ILSA – SHE WOLF OF THE SS
8/29/1975 – SUPERVIXENS/CHERRY,HARRY,RAQUEL/VIXEN/FINDERS KEEPERS LOVERS WEEPERS
10/03/1975 – THE MASTER GUNFIGHTER
10/31/1975 - LENNY plus LAST TANGO IN PARIS
11/21/1975 - BLACK ALLEYCATS plus THE BLACK BUNCH
12/19/1975 - VIXEN/CHERRY,HARRY,RAQUEL/FINDERS KEEPERS LOVERS WEEPERS
12/26/1975 - SNOW WHITE AND THE SEVEN DWARFS
1/16/1976 – THE NAUGHTIEST SHOW IN TOWN plus HOT TIMES
1/23/1976 – THREE DAYS OF THE CONDOR
1/30/1976 – THE ADVENTURES OF FRONTIER FREEMONT
2/11/1976 – NO DEPOSIT, NO RETURN
2/27/1976 – BLACK HOOKER plus COME BACK, CHARLESTON BLUE
3/12/1976 – MAN FRIDAY
3/19/1976 – BRUCE LEE – ALIVE OR DEAD?
4/16/1976 – DEEP JAWS
5/07/1976 – TAXI DRIVER
5/28/1976 – JACKSON COUNTY JAIL plus MEAN FRANK AND CRAZY TONY
6/18/1976 – VIGILANTE FORCE
6/15/1976 – PETER PAN
7/09/1976 – A SMALL TOWN IN TEXAS
7/16/1976 – THE OUTLAW JOSEY WALES
8/06/1976 – INFRA-MAN plus WONDER WOMEN
8/27/1976 – THE SPOOK WHO SAT BY THE DOOR
10/01/1976 – APE (IN 3-D)
10/15/1976 - ADIOS AMIGO plus THE KILLER ELITE
10/20/1976 - THE POM POM GIRLS plus SWINGING STEWARDESSES
10/29/1976 - WOODSTOCK
11/05/1975 – RUSS MEYER’S UP
12/24/1976 - MARATHON MAN
1/14/1977 – TRICK BABY plus BLACKBELT JONES
1/28/1977 – IN SEARCH OF NOAH’S ARK
2/18/1977 – THE ENFORCER
3/04/1977 – MANDINGO plus DRUM
3/11/1977 – ANDY WARHOL’S FRANKENSTEIN
4/22/1977 – FANTASTIC INVASION OF PLANET EARTH (IN 3-D)
5/06/1977 – THE STEWARDESSES (IN 3-D)
5/20/1977 – FRITZ THE CAT plus HEAVY TRAFFIC
6/03/1977 – CINDERELLA (X-rated)
10/14/1977 - SHORT EYES
12/21/1977 - OH, GOD! plus AMAZING GRACE
12/30/1977 - CINDERELLA plus ALICE IN WONDERLAND (X-rated)
1/27/1978 – THE ADVENTURES OF THE WILDERNESS FAMILY
2/03/1978 – LOOKING FOR MR. GOODBAR plus LIPSTICK
2/10/1978 – EMMANUELLE IN BANGKOCK
2/24/1978 – WHICH WAY IS UP? plus THE BLACK BIRD
3/17/1978 – STRAIGHT TIME
CLOSED AFTER PERFORMANCES SUNDAY APRIL 2, 1978

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