Thursday, March 22, 2012

Majestic Avalon Theater Opens in Chicago, August 29, 1927

1927 Chicago Tribune - AWG-566-CT

This amazing photo of the beautiful Avalon Theater was taken on it's opening day, August 29, 1927. The theater was constructed at 1641 East 79th Street in the South Shore neighborhood of Chicago, Illinois. Designed by nationally known John Eberson, the architechure reflects an "atmospheric" Moorish Revival infleunce. It's rumored that Eberson's design was inspired by a Persian incense burner he stumbled across in an antique market. Eberson also designed the Paradise theater which was located in Chicago's Garfield Park neighborhood.

1961 Chicago Tribune - AWG-573-CT
The ornate theater was said to have the largest oriental rub ever made at the time hanging from the lobby ceiling. The large stage was guarded by 4 gargoyles two of which can be seen in this photo at the left of the stage. The theater also contained a 3/15 Wurlitzer theater organ.

The movie house closed in the late 1970's and become the Miracle Temple Church. It was reborn in 1987 as the Regal Theater and operated as such until it closed in June of 2003. The theater was rescued yet again and reopened as the the New Regal Theater in October of 2007 for live venues.

These photos and many more of the Avalon Theater are available from the Chicago Tribune Archives at

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