New Regal Theater

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Lobby of the New Regal Theater.
New Regal Theater
Avalon Theater
New Regal (Avalon) Theater.jpg
New Regal Theater
Address 1641 E. 79th Street
Chicago, Illinois
United States
Coordinates 41°45′05″N 87°35′01″W / 41.751352°N 87.583533°W / 41.751352; -87.583533
Owner Community Capital Investment Partners
Designation Chicago Landmark
Type Performing Arts Center
Capacity 2250[1]
Opened August 29, 1927[1]
Closed June 2003- October 2007<[1]
Reopened 2008
Rebuilt 1985[1]
Architect John Eberson
Designated June 17, 1992

The New Regal Theater (originally Avalon Theater) is located at 1641 East 79th Street, in Chicago, Illinois. The theater opened as the Avalon Theater in 1927. The design is an atmospheric Moorish Revival movie palace designed by John Eberson, who was nationally known for the atmospheric design. It is said that the theater's design was inspired by a Persian incense burner that Eberson found in an antique market.[2] The Avalon Theater was in business until the late 1970s.[1]

Afterward, the building served as the home of the Miracle Temple Church until becoming a performing arts venue once again in 1987. At that time, the theater was renamed in honor of the old Regal Theater, a cultural center for Chicago's African American community that was demolished in 1973. The old Regal Theater was located at 4719 S. King Dr.

It received Chicago Landmark status on June 17, 1992.[3]

The former owners of the New Regal Theater, Edward and Bettianne Gardner, closed the theater in 2003 after losing money for several years. In 2008, the building was purchased by a group that included Ron and Regina Evans with the hope of reviving it as a cultural venue.[4] However, it has seen little use.[5] The site did hold a party to celebrate Barack Obama's presidential nomination acceptance speech in August 2008.[6] The theater was foreclosed on in 2011; it was sold to Community Capital Investment in 2014.[7]

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  1. ^ a b c d e "New Regal Theatre in Chicago, IL". Cinema Treasures. Retrieved 2013-11-15. 
  2. ^ Mark Konkol. "No man is an Island - Hop off the Dan Ryan for a compelling journey through a hood that's authentic Chicago". Chicago Sun-Times. November 9, 2007. pg. 12.
  3. ^ New Regal Theater, City of Chicago Department of Planning and Development, Landmarks Division (2003). Retrieved on August 21, 2007.
  4. ^ David Roeder and Fran Spielman. "Regal rebirth - The old Avalon Theatre is taking on new life as investors close a $2.36 million deal for the South Side icon". Chicago Sun-Times. March 14, 2008. pg. 54.
  5. ^ David Roeder and Fran Spielman. "Curtains for New Regal?" Chicago Sun-Times. October 2, 2009. Retrieved on October 23, 2009.
  6. ^ Chicagoans Celebrate Obama's Nomination. CBS 2 Chicago. August 28, 2008. Retrieved on October 23, 2009.
  7. ^ Kapos, Shia (2014-03-10). "Rumors aside, new owner of Chicago's New Regal Theater has big plans". Crain's Chicago Business. Retrieved 2014-07-14. 

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