Milford Theatre (Chicago)

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The Milford Theatre was a movie palace located at 3311 N. Pulaski Road, in the Avondale neighborhood of Chicago, Illinois. Constructed in 1917, like the Portage Theater, it was designed by Henry L. Newhouse and opened for the Ascher Brothers circuit.[1]

The theatre had 1150 seats, no balcony and a single screen. Because of the area's large Polish population, a significant share of the screenings were Polish films, drawing even street photographer Vivian Maier.[2]

On February 27, 1981 famed Polish musical legend Krzysztof Klenczon was seriously injured by a drunk driver in Chicago, en route from the Milford Ballroom that was part of the complex. Klenczon died on April 7 at St. Joseph's Hospital in Chicago, and was buried on July 25, 1981 in Szczytno, Poland on the family's plot.[3]

The theater was open until 1990, and was torn down four years later after a fire.


Coordinates: 41°56′29″N 87°43′38″W / 41.9413°N 87.7271°W / 41.9413; -87.7271