Cadillac Palace Theatre
2002 Photo from the Adam Martin collection.
151 W Randolph St|
|Record #9885 |
Opened: October 4, 1926|
Capacity: 2300 seats|
Architect(s): Rapp & Rapp
Architectural Style(s): French Renaissance
Current Organ: none
| Also Known As: Bismarck, Palace|
| Previously operated by: Radio-Keith-Orpheum, RKO Theatres|
Opened as a vaudeville house in 1926, the 2,300-seat Palace was the flagship of the legendary Orpheum Circuit. The theater had many incarnations through the years, from banquet hall to B-movies. It was used sporadically through the 1990s, and was renovated at a cost of $17 million. The theater reopened in 1999 with the Chicago premiere of Elton John and Tim Rice's "Aida". The interior decor was inspired by the grand French palaces at Fontainebleau and Versailles.
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2002 photos from the Adam Martin collection.
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Photos from the Scott Neff collection.
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Last featured 2/14/2003. Last edited 11/25/2021.