Montclare Theatre

Montclare Theater

The Montclare Theatre was located at 7133 West Grand Avenue, in the community area of the same name. The photo dates from 1975. I recently rediscovered it while digitalizing some old slides.

The odd thing is, I can’t remember why I snapped the picture. I grew up in Portage Park, and never hung out at Grand and Harlem. The only movie I recall seeing at the Montclare was that noted cinema classic,  Flesh Gordon.  Perhaps I was trying to finish a roll of film before I dropped it off at Skrudland’s to be processed.

The Montclare Theatre was built in 1929, and seated 1200 people. It closed in 1985. The building was demolished in 1996.

Watch this space—I’m finding all sorts of odd Chicago photos from the 1970s that I’ll be sharing. Maybe a few of them will make some sense.






10 Responses to “Montclare Theatre”

  1. 1 chrism August 12, 2014 at 1:06 pm

    I remember this theatre. I grew up in Elmwood Park. I also remember a Skrudlands across from the Brickyard on Diversey if I’m correct.

  2. 2 nathan August 13, 2014 at 10:39 am

    There was also another Skrudlands on Belmont near Sayre for a while.

  3. 4 chrism August 14, 2014 at 7:32 am

    You refreshed my memory. I remember Belmont and Sayre now. It’s been a while.

  4. 5 Ralph August 19, 2014 at 2:48 pm

    I saw “Don’t Look in the Basement” here back in 1974. What a nice theatre it was. To bad there was no parking around the theatre, like many others.

  5. 7 Spotty McDougall December 23, 2015 at 9:28 pm

    Before everyone had TV’s about 90 million people would go to the movies every week.

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