Does any body know of the "Radio" Movie house on 50th pl. and S. Halstead? I used to go there with my folks in the late 30's and early 40's. The building is still there as a church.---Richard Stachowski
I don't remember this movie house but your question prompted an old memory going back to grade school days, particularly summers back then.
One of my favorite memories was trying out recipes in our kitchen and listening to Don McNeal's Breakfast Club. Something about marching around the breakfast table. The show was different and broadcast from atop of the Allerton Hotel. Good morning breakfast clubbers was the invitation. They featured various singers and other entertainment which I have forgotten now.
I listened to pop music on my transistor radio, and almost no daytime TV, but this program captured my imagination.
Don Mc Neal's Breakfast Club was a listening staple in morning radio. I think that it was broadcast on WLS in Chicago, but was nationally syndicated. I recall hearing the program on the Armed Forces Network while overseas during the 60s.
I never saw the Radio theatre, but the name reminds me of Radioland Liquors, at the corner of Kostner & Armitage. Whenever we would go over to visit my grandmother who lived on Lowell Avenue, my uncle would take us kids with us over to Agoranos Bros. Radioland Liquors on the corner there so he could have a short one and get away from all of the women talking. We were bribed with a big thing of ice cream to keep our mouths shut about our destination. When I think of it now, its kind of strange that a bar would have ice cream, but the place seemed to be much more of a family place than a bar would be today. My dad also had some cousins who ran an auto repair shop, Fritz Service Garage, in the back end of the shop. We kept going there for our car service until the two brothers retired to Florida, probably in the 1970's.