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Athenaeum Theatre

This is an archived listing.


2936 N. Southport Ave.




Hermann J. Gaul, 1911


The Athenaeum Theatre is the oldest continuously-operating off-Loop theater in Chicago. The German-American parishioners of St. Alphonsus built it to stage neighborhood theatrical productions and German folk operas. The building has long been a center for the arts, but has also served as a social hall and a school. It provides offices, rehearsal space and several small studio theatres for numerous performing arts organizations. Several past tenants, like Lookingglass, have gone on to become very well-known. Though a fire damaged the building in 1939, the beautiful main auditorium survived unscathed. It seats 985, with excellent acoustics and no seat more than 95 feet from the stage, and retains its Old World elegance.

Archived In

2015 , 2016 , 2019