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Avalon Regal Theater

Address

1645 E. 79th St.

Neighborhood

Chatham / South Shore

Hours

Sat, Oct 15: 10am - 5pm

Sun, Oct 16: 10am - 5pm

Photography Permitted

Architect

John Eberson, 1927

Website

avalonregal.com

Description

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. Aside from holding an election night party to celebrate Barack Obama's presidential 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, including Dizzy Gillespie, Louis Armstrong and Duke Ellington. The building was designated a Chicago Landmark in 1992.

Visitor Experience

Visitors will be able to explore the Moorish Revival style lobby, which includes themed mosaics and a bejeweled ceiling. A self-guided QR code tour will allow guests the opportunity to learn about the mural located on the exterior of the building and listen to music created by artists who have performed at the theater.

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