Thursday, February 19, 2009
Address: 2433-43 N. Lincoln Ave.
Year Built: 1914
Architect: Samuel N. Crowen
Date Designated a Chicago Landmark: March 28, 2001 ..
The Biograph Theater is also one of Chicago's oldest remaining neighborhood movie houses. It was designed in 1914 by Samuel N. Crowen, an architect known for his classically detailed designs. The Biograph Theater possesses many of the distinguishing characteristics of the earliest movie houses, including a simple storefront-width lobby, recessed entrance, free-standing ticket booth, and canopy marquee. The building is finished with red pressed brick and white-glazed terra cotta, and its construction typifies the first-generation movie houses whose architectural style gave legitimacy and respectability to the fledgling motion picture industry ...
Perhaps best known for its historical connection to the infamous gangster John Dillinger, who was killed here by the FBI.
RED: Chicago Landmarks: Biograph Theater ... click here ...