My Kind of Town

My kind of town, Chicago is
My kind of town, Chicago is
My kind of razzmatazz
And it has all that jazz”

composed by Jimmy Van Heusen with lyrics by Sammy Cahn

 

Postally Unused

From back of postcard:
“Chicago’s State Street features the famous Chicago Theatre among many hot spots.”

 

Chicago Theatre

 

Postally Unused (circa 1947):

State Lake Theatre

Telenews Theatre

History of State Street: How it Remained a Great Street

League of Chicago Theatres

 

Postcard part of the Theatre Talks Collection, please ask permission to copy and/or use. At least give credit to source. We know that some people will not honor this but it would be nice if they did.

Since 1997 theatre historian,  Cezar Del Valle, has conducted a popular series of  theatre talks and walks, available for  historical societies, libraries, senior centers, etc.

Private walks also available.

Del Valle is the author of the Brooklyn Theatre Index, a three-volume history of borough theatres.

The first two chosen 2010 OUTSTANDING BOOK OF THE YEAR by the Theatre Historical Society. Final volume published in September 2014.

Currently seeking funding for “Editing & Formatting” the first three volumes of the Brooklyn Theatre Index, 3rd Edition

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Auditorium Theatre, 50 E Congress Pkwy, Chicago, IL 60605

Two postcards of the theatre in the Auditorium Building, designed by Louis Sullivan and Dankmar Adler.

“The greatest room for music and opera in the world – bar none”
– Frank Lloyd Wright

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From back of postcard:

“The Auditorium Theatre occupies one of the most fireproof structures for Theatre purposes. It has a seating capacity of 3700 people. It is one of the leading Theatres and is located on Congress Street, near Michigan Boulevard, within 5 minutes walk of the leading hotels.”

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Auditorium Theatre

Postcards are part of the Theatre Talks Collection, please ask permission to copy and/or use.
At least give credit to source. We know that some people will not honor this but it would be nice if they did.

Cezar Del Valle is the author of the Brooklyn Theatre Index, a three-volume history of borough theatres. The first two chosen 2010 OUTSTANDING BOOK OF THE YEAR by the Theatre Historical Society. Final volume published in September 2014.

He is available for theatre talks and walks in 2015: historical societies, libraries, senior centers, etc.

Now selling “vintage” on Etsy.

Gayety Theatre 9205 S. Commercial Avenue, Chicago, IL

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From back of postcard

“92nd and Commercial Business Section”
“View looking North showing a very active shopping center on the far South Side of Chicago.”

Correct title of the film is Atom Man vs. Superman, a 15 chapter serial starring Kirk Alyn with Lyle Talbot as Lex Luthor.

 

Postcard is part of the Theatre Talks Collection, please ask permission to copy and/or use.
At least give credit to source. We know that some people will not honor this but it would be nice of they did.

Cezar Del Valle is the author of the Brooklyn Theatre Index, chosen 2010 Best Book of the Year by the Theatre Historical Society.

He is available for the theatre talks and walks in 2014, historical societies, libraries, senior centers, etc.