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Avalon Regal Theater

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1645 E. 79th St.


South Shore


John Eberson, 1927


This 2,500-seat auditorium opened in 1927 as the Avalon Theater. It was renamed in 1987 as a tribute to the original Regal Theater in Bronzeville, which was demolished in 1973. The "atmospheric" Moorish-Revival design by John Eberson was similar to that of the Paradise Theater on Chicago's west side, which was demolished in the 1950s. It was designated a Chicago Landmark in 1992. Despite holding an election-night party to celebrate Barack Obama's victory in 2008, the theater has been vacant and mostly unused since 2003. A mural on the exterior of the building includes the likenesses of many famous jazz and blues musicians associated with the Regal Theater: Dizzy Gillespie, Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington and more.

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We regret that Avalon Regal Theater is unable to participate in OHC 2017. For more information, please visit and support the Chicago Regal Foundation’s initiative to restore the theater as a performing arts venue.

Please visit other sites in the South Shore neighborhood.

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