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Oriental Theatre

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24 W. Randolph St.




George L. and Cornelius W. Rapp, 1926


The Oriental Theatre, a motion picture palace with d�cor inspired by the Far East, opened to much fanfare in 1926. Designed by George L. and Cornelius W. Rapp for theater managers Balaban & Katz, the theater, a virtual museum of Asian art, presented popular first-run motion pictures complemented by lavish stage shows. Like the other great Loop theaters, it went through a period of decline despite being added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1978. Fortunately, restoration of the theater was completed in October 1998, at which time it re-opened with the Chicago premiere of /Ragtime/. The Oriental Theatre has since staged a long list of premieres and traveling hits, including the record-breaking run of /Wicked/ from 2005-09, the national tour of /Motown/ in 2014, and the pre-Broadway world premiere of /On Your Feet!/ in 2015. Get a rare chance to explore this stunning theater�usually only open to the public during performances.

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