Forgot to add my 2 cents worth regarding the movie scene..The Julian(Julien?) was a half block west of Clark at Belmont and showed oaters and cartoons back in the forties. The Calo theater was still showing 'B' movies at that time. If I recall,
they both were 10 cents and the first run shows were 25 cents
I think I remember the Julien(Julian?) theater being just west of Clark
on Belmont which showed Oaters and serials, toons..Also, the Calo on North Clark
before Robby Robinson turned it into the bowling alley.
There are a couple of guys that want to turn the old Hub Theatre into a brewery. They are dealing with the city to make this happen and they have tons of red tape to work through. Have not heard what kind of progress they've made in their endeavor. I am a member of every block.com so this sight usually keeps a person updated on all kinds of baby steps that are in motion.
I vaguely remember going into ABT when they were there on Milwaukee--lot's of washing machines. Hardly any shoppers there at the time, not much reason to shop there when there was Polk Bros. Quite unlike now and what you'll encounter out in ABT's vast Glenview barn. I remember their 2 intermediate locations--on Dempster west of Waukegan in the '70s to mid-'80s (still fairly small), then on Waukegan Rd north of Dempster in much bigger digs right after that.
Back on Milwaukee there was this large photo/darkroom store across Milwaukee Ave from ABT, up to the mid-'70s I think, that I cannot for the life of me remember the name of.
> Don't know if this is the theater you had in
> The only reference that I could find for a Rialto
> theater was in a article that it was being knocked
> down in 1953. It was built in 1916 and had 1,500
> seats. They mention the location as the NW corner
> of State & Van Buren. At the time the theater was
> being operated as Minskie's Burlesque.
I remember the Rialto (Burlesque) my brother and I would pass by when our Mom would take us downtown to go to the Chicago Theatre in the early 50's. We kind a new what type a show it was looking at the marquee. LOL