Information for this tour was contributed by Bryan Krefft.
The New Regal in Chicago, the former Avalon, the last remaining John Eberson former movie palace in Chicago (his Paradise was tragically torn down in 1956) is closed in July 2003 after operating on and off since 1987 as a venue for live shows. The Chicago Sun-Times cited declining attendance and a less-than-appealing neighborhood as main reasons for the New Regal's closure. Hope it doesn't meet the same fate as its fantastic namesake, the Regal, which was bulldozed in 1973 and was a vacant lot until just a few years ago, when a performing arts center was built on the site--but has remained only half-completed for the past couple years due to funding running dry. The Regal used to be to Chicago was the Apollo was to Harlem, complete with amateur nights and the biggest names in African-American entertainment playing there from the 1920s all the way into the 1960s.
February 2003 photos from the Adam Martin collection.
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