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".
2002 photos from the Adam Martin collection.
Photos from the Conrad Schmitt Studios collection.
Photos from the Scott Neff collection.
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