The Vic Theatre
|Former names||Victoria Theatre|
|Address||3145 N. Sheffield Ave.|
Vic Theatre, designed by architect J.E.O. Pridmore, opened in 1912 as the Victoria Theatre. It took three years to build the luxurious five-story vaudeville house. The theatre was owned and built by Robert E. Ricksen and Frank Gazzolo. Ricksen and Gazzolo operated the Crown and Imperial theaters as well. Costing $300,000 to construct it was equipped with every luxury. (Source: September 14, 1912 Billboard publication)
When not showcasing live music, the Vic opens its doors as the Brew & View, a second-run movie theatre.
Some notable performances
- Wilco recorded Kicking Television: Live in Chicago at the Vic in May 2005.
- Ween recorded Live In Chicago, a DVD and CD of their three night run at the Vic in 2003.
- Gymboree taped their home video Parachute Express Live in Concert at the Vic in 1989.
- Bill Hicks recorded an HBO special, One Night Stand, at the Vic in 1991.
- Jim Gaffigan's Beyond the Pale CD, DVD and TV special were recorded at the Vic in 2006.
- Hannibal Buress Recorded his second Comedy Central special at the Vic in January 2014.
- Papa Roach recorded Live & Murderous In Chicago, a DVD of their live performance at the Vic.
- King Crimson played in a line-up featuring among others guitarist Robert Fripp and three previous line-ups' drummers performing simultaneously, for 4 consecutive nights in autumn 2014, one of only nine city stops for this incarnation of the band.
- Pete Correale's stand-up special "Let Me Tell Ya" for Showtime was recorded at the Vic in May of 2015.
- Iliza Shlesinger's stand-up Netflix special Confirmed Kills was recorded at the Vic on April 23, 2016.
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