Chicago 1907 McVicker's Theater Program. The
front cover reads; 40 Exits. The Safest Theatre in
the World. This program from Chicago, Illinois is
5-1/8 inches wide, 7-1/2 inches tall and has 32 pgs.

The plays is " Strongheart" starring Edgar Selwyn.

This booklet is filled with theater news and
advertising. Ads include Chicago Edison Company
and Bell Telephone.  From train travel to corsets,
hotels to restaurants, cigars to billiards, this
program is a slice of 1907 Chicago that is a wealth
of "the way it was". It is in good condition.
$60.00 for both Post Paid
McVickers Theatre, Chicago, Illinois                        Click on pictures to enlarge
There was a McVickers Theater in Chicago for a large part of the city's history.

When the orignal McVicker's opened its doors in 1857 on Madison Street near Dearborn Street, the city was celebrating
its 30th anniversary. It was built by Chicago actor and producer James H. McVicker (1822-96) at a then-staggering cost of
$85,000 for legitimate theater. McVicker had been part of John Blake Rice's theater company during the late 1840s at
Rice's Theatre (which stood near the corner of Randolph and Dearborn Streets.).

The first McVicker's Theatre was completely destroyed in the Great Chicago Fire of 1871, but was rebuilt the following
year in an even grander style on the same site.

In addition to legitimate theater, it also began to feature opera and minstrel shows.

In 1884-85, it was entirely remodeled by the firm of Adler & Sullivan but another fire in 1890 heavily damaged the theater
and the theater's owners had Adler & Sullivan redesign it yet again, in a style that was quite modern for the day.

Louis Sullivan's graceful stylized floral stencil-work decorating the auditorium, lobby and other public areas echoed his
work on the Auditorium Theatre.

The Jones, Linick & Schaefer circuit acquired the McVicker's Theatre in 1913, and began presenting "popularly priced"
vaudeville acts along with motion pictures there.

In 1922, this McVicker's was demolished to make way for yet another McVicker's, which was designed by the firm of
Newhouse & Bernham.

This last incarnation of the McVickers (the apostrophe in the spelling of the theater name dropped around this time)
seated well over 2000 and featured motion pictures and, at least early on, live entertainment, as well. The Balaban & Katz
chain took over the McVickers Theater from Jones, Linick, & Schaefer in February of 1926. Jones, Linick & Schaefer
took over the theater again in December 1934 and continued to operate into the early 60s. In 1962, the theater was leased
for a 13-month period by Martin Theatres.

The theater's facade, resembling an ancient Athenian temple, with its chunky Ionic columns, pediment and freizes
depicting mythological creatures and heroes, also had a marquee stretching the full length of the building along Madison
Street, as well as an enormous vertical sign, rising above the building's cornice.

In 1960, Cinerama came to the McVickers with the film, "Windjammer". For a brief time in 1962, live theater returned
again to the theater before movies were shown again, with "The Wonderful World of the Brothers Grimm" in Cinerama.
The 3-camera system was removed a year later and 70mm films were brought back in.

By the 70s, the McVickers began showing mainly kung-fu, horror, and blaxploitation films. Later, adult films were added
to the mix. The theater was shut down by the city in 1971 for various code violations, but soon was reopened.

The theater closed in 1984 and was torn down in 1985, a sad and inglorious end for a theater which, in an earlier life,
hosted Sarah Bernhardt's first Chicago stage appearance a century earlier.
Dr. O.W.F. Snyder McVickers Theatre Chicago
Dose cup is cracked
Front Cover
Interesting, his office is not IN the
McVicker's Theater Building at this point.
My grandmother worked at his State St
office, as I said, probably some time
between 1918 (age 19-20) and his death in
1925. I don't know how long she worked

See: Chicago 1907 McVicker's Theater

Suite 5x2 39 State St., corner Lake Street

The Dose Cup would have been from the
original McVickers Theatre, this program
was after the fires.
Dr. O.W. F. Snyder
1889-McVickers Theatre Building, Chicago,
1889-146 State Street Chicago, Illinois
1907-522 Burton Building 39 State Street
Chicago, Illinois

McVicker's Theatre
1857 Madison Street near DEarborn Street
1871 Destroyed in the Great Chicago Fire of
1872 Rebuilt
1884-1885 Remodeled
1890 Heavilly damage in another fire
1922 Was demolished to make way for yet
another McVicker's
{the apostrophe was dropped from the
name McVickers in 1922}
1984 Theatre was closed
1985 Theatre was torn down