Park West (music venue)

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Coordinates: 41°55′07″N 87°38′15″W / 41.91861°N 87.63741°W / 41.91861; -87.63741

Park West
Former namesLane Court Theatre (1916-35)
Town Theatre (1935-67)
Town Underground Theatre (1967-77)
Address322 W Armitage Ave
Chicago , IL 60614-4711
LocationLincoln Park
OwnerJam Productions, Ltd.
Capacity1,000 (general admission)
750 (seated)
OpenedNovember 25, 1916 (1916-11-25)
ArchitectFred Prather
Venue Website

Park West (originally the Lane Court Theatre) is a concert venue located in Chicago, Illinois. The theater opened in 1916 as a vaudeville and movie theater by the Ascher Brothers. Currently, it can house up to 1,000 guests, in a general admission setting.


The theater opened in the 1910s, with a capacity of 1,000 people. In 1965, the theater became the "Town Theatre", eventually showing adult films and featuring live burlesque by 1967. In the 1970s, it was purchased by Dale Niedermaier and John May, refurbished and reopened as "Park West", the music venue and special events space May 11, 1977. The theater hosts a variety of bands, most of which perform classic rock or alternative rock. It is also home to many fundraising events, including the Starlight Foundation's "Dream Date Auction", and awards ceremonies, including the annual "Non-Equity Jeff Awards".

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  1. ^ "Steven Wright : I Have a Pony (CD + DVD) (2009) - Warner Bros / WEA". Retrieved 27 October 2018.

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