Re: Theater - Archer and Western?
Date: May 16, 2011 10:20PM
The Archer Theater was actually not on Archer and Damen, (where the supermercado is located in the old Osco Drugs building) but, from what I have read, on 35th street just west of Damen. There is a refrigeration company there now, that I think was there in the 60s when I was a kid. The facade of the refrigeration company is much newer than the building itself, so it may be the skeleton of the old Archer Theater behind that new facade.
(The map Cinema Treasure takes you to though is the wrong address)
As to the west side of Western Ave between Archer and the railroad viaducts, that's across the boulevard median from McKinley Park. The only thing I remember in that block on the west side of Western, other than one fast food place or another right on the S.W. corner of Archer and Western, was a lumber yard that was there just a little north of the viaducts, from time we moved into the neighborhood in 61' until some time in the 1990s when it closed.