Saturday, July 01, 2006

Text: November 9, 1930

Chicago Daily Tribune

Chicago's First Marine Movie

Above is an interior view of Chicago's newest talkie temple now under construction near Devon and Western by the Publix-Balaban and Katz Interests. J.E.O. Pridmore of Chicago is architect. An exterior view was given in this section on Sunday, August 10, 1930. The auditorium will be of the atmospheric type but instead of the conventional landscape treatment of sidewalls this new playhouse will have a seascape effect, so that the audience apparently are seated in full view of the ocean with lighthouse effect and ships passing in the offing. It is claimed that this will be the first theater in America with a marine treatment. The combination of water, sky and stars offers an unusual field for unique lighting effects. The theater will have 3500 seats and will cost in the neighborhood of $1,000,000 it is stated. Paschen Bros. are the general contractors. Completion is scheduled for early next year.

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