So what is the purpose of this brief article? First and foremost, to draw attention to oft-forgotten pieces of Windy City history. Although these particular buildings are in great disrepair, there are organizations out there fighting for funding to help these structures be restored to their former glory. If you're interested in supporting a historic Chicago cause, there are opportunities here with these movie palaces. Secondly, there are also many historic theater venues that are still in operation, several of which have been recently restored. The Logan Theatre (Logan Square), Portage Theater, and Patio Theater (both in Portage Park) show that there is still a place in Chicago for grandiose arts venues. They serve as anchors to commercial centers and community gathering places.
Although we don't have many images, we'd like to share where these theaters are, and how you can help. So here are Chicago's abandoned (and hopefully soon-to-be-restored) move palaces.