Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Rhodes Theater

You would have to search far and wide on the Cinema Treasures website for info on theaters that used to be standing in our ward. Rhodes Theater is one of those theaters that used to sit on 79th & Rhodes that was torn down back in the 1980s.
This late Rapp & Rapp designed movie house, done in Art Moderne style in 1937, was located in the Chatham neighborhood, at the intersection of 79th Street and Rhodes Avenue.

For most of the 30s and 40s (and into the 50s), the Rhodes was operated by the Warner Brothers (later Stanley-Warner) chain. From the mid-60s into the 70s, it was part of the Brotman & Sherman Theaters chain, which also acquired other former Warner houses such as the Avalon (New Regal), Capitol, and Met Theaters.

The Rhodes was open into the 80s, but, unfortunately, was demolished after it closed.
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I also want to share with you the Google Maps view of the lot that once was home to the theater the lot is currently empty.

The picture you see is of the Rhodes taken in August 1990. Taken from these set of pictures where there are other pics of the theater. I found this set in the comments on the page for Rhodes.

If I had the capital I wouldn't mind building a theater here where it was. It could be like a small arts center with an auditorium and a stage. It could be used for meetings, performances or film exhibitions. In addition to serving as a community center. An idea that you might have run across on this blog before, but not necessarily as an arts center.


  1. I remember the Rhodes Theatre from my early childhood in the Greater Grand Crossing/Chatham area. I was born in 1973, so all of my memories of the Rhodes are it being a run down place, that showed Karate movies on Saturdays. Then all of the sudden, it was gone. My concern with putting a small arts theatre in the location is that I don't think that it would work. And if those efforts could be used, then they should be used on The Avalon Theatre/Regal Theatre.

    1. Yes I remember watching purple rain and beat street there in 1984? I stayed on Calumet st 77th st

  2. I remember the Rhodes.... Me & my brothers & sister use to always go there.. We saw all of the James bonds movies movie there also inside the lobby they had handprints in cement of movie stars... RO

  3. I was there too when I saw purple rain & beat street I stayed on calument 77th


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