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Dec 13 / Neal

Mercury Theater – 7330 W. North Avenue

Mercury Theater

The Mercury Theater opened in the late 1940s at the intersection of North Avenue and Harlem Avenue and  from the 1950s until the 1970s was owned by famed theater operators Balaban and Katz.  The theater  was purchased by Pitt Theaters in the 1970s.  Cineplex-Odeon eventually controlled the property  and closed the theater for business in 1988.  The theater was subsequently demolished. A March 1986 Chicago Tribune reported Cineplex-Odeon had planned a 6 theater complex with 2000 seats  for the site.  Research did not reveal why the project was not built.   A Walgreens now operates near the site.

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