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Oriental Theatre

2002 Photo from the Adam Martin collection.
20 W Randolph St
Chicago IL
(800) 745-3000

Visit Website Live Theatre National Register 1978
Record #9884  
 Opened: May 8, 1926
Capacity: 2200 seats
Architect(s): Rapp & Rapp
Architectural Style(s): Oriental
National Register: 1978    Bldg # 78003401
Current Organ: none
 Also Known As: Ford Center for the Performing Arts
 Previously operated by: Essaness Theatres

The Oriental was opened in 1926 and was one of the first cinemas inspired by the Far East. The theater played a mix of movies and stage shows. The theater closed in 1981 and sat shuttered for 17 years before undergoing a $32 million restoration. It reopened in 1998 with the Chicago premiere of "Ragtime".

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2002 photos from the Adam Martin collection.

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Photos from the Conrad Schmitt Studios collection.

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Photos from the Scott Neff collection.

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Last featured 12/7/2002. Last edited 11/1/2016.

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