The Congress Theater (1926) is one of the last examples of a neighborhood movie palace built during the height of the "Roaring 20s." Its striking four-story entrance pavilion, extensive ornamentation, and Classical Revival and Italian Renaissance architectural styles denote its lavishness and intent to cater to those with money to spend. It's an example of a "theater-block," which had the capacity to seat more than 2,900 guests. The theater is currently undergoing a nearly $70 million renovation with a target re-opening date set for 2019.
Backstory and Context
Commission on Chicago Landmarks. "Congress Theater." Preliminary Landmark Recommendation. 2002. https://www.cityofchicago.org/content/dam/city/depts/zlup/Historic_Preservation/Publications/Congres...
Rodkin, Dennis. "What’s That Building? The Congress Theater." WBEZ.org. July 5,
Exterior View: By ThomasIrvin - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=4788904
Interior Views: Alex Fradkin, https://openhousechicago.org/sites/site/congress-theater/