2424 North Lincoln Avenue

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2424 North Lincoln Avenue is a building in Lincoln Park, Chicago adjacent to the Biograph Theater. Since 1912 it has housed a movie theater, an auto garage, the Crest Theater, and the 3-Penny Cinema. It is now Lincoln Hall, a music venue.

Early history[edit]

The building first opened as the Fullerton Theatre, a nickelodeon, in 1912. In 1915 it was converted into an auto garage. FBI agents took aim at John Dillinger from the roof of the building in 1934.[1]

It opened again as Crest Theater in 1938.

The 3-Penny Cinema[edit]

The building was named the 3-Penny Cinema in 1964.[2] It was known for playing second-run films and "midnight movies".[3] It was the first theater in Chicago to screen the pornographic film Deep Throat.

The cinema continued to operate until it closed in 2006 due to taxes owed to the city of Chicago by the owner.[4]

Lincoln Hall[edit]

Lincoln Hall
CHVRCHES @ Lincoln Hall, Chicago, 6-11-2013 (9073406100).jpg
Inside Lincoln Hall
Address 2424 N. Lincoln Avenue
Location Chicago, Illinois
Owner Michael Johnston
Type Music venue
Capacity 507
Opened October 16, 2009 (2009-10-16)

Since 2009, the building has housed a bar and music venue called Lincoln Hall.[5][6] It plays films on monthly "3-Penny was here" nights.[7] It opened in 2009 with a performance by Mike Doughty. The capacity is 507, divided between the main floor and the balcony.[6]

The venue is operated by brothers Chris and Mike Schuba, who previously co-owned the music club Schubas, where Dave Matthews, Modest Mouse, Feist, and My Morning Jacket played shows early in their careers. The Schuba brothers intended Lincoln Hall to serve as a larger version of their previous club.[8]


  1. ^ "About LH". www.lh-st.comaccessdate=2018-06-08. 
  2. ^ "City shuts down 3 Penny Cinema for unpaid taxes". chicagobusiness.com. Retrieved 2018-06-08. 
  3. ^ "Midnight Cowboys - Page 2 - tribunedigital-chicagotribune". articles.chicagotribune.com. Retrieved 2015-04-06. 
  4. ^ "City shuts down 3 Penny Cinema". Chicago Tribune. June 28, 2006. Retrieved 27 April 2018. 
  5. ^ "Lincoln Hall in Chicago, IL - Cinema Treasures". cinematreasures.org. Retrieved 2015-04-06. 
  6. ^ a b "Schubas' new tune - tribunedigital-chicagotribune". articles.chicagotribune.com. Retrieved 2015-04-06. 
  7. ^ "Lincoln Hall's 3-Penny Was Here Series Hosts Big Easy Express Premiere And Holiday Classics : Chicagoist". chicagoist.com. Archived from the original on 2016-02-13. Retrieved 2015-04-06. 
  8. ^ "Theater Loop - Chicago Theater News & Reviews - Chicago Tribune". leisureblogs.chicagotribune.com. 

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