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Loop Tour: Site D
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Site D
The Grand old Chicago Theater stands on the east side of State Street north of Randolph. This movie palace, opened in 1921 and designed by C.W. and G.L. Rapp for the Balaban and Katz theater chain, has a special place in the heart of Chicagoans who remember the stage shows the featured many of the greatest names of show business in the 1920s 1930s and 1940s. One of Chicago's largest movie houses, the theater seats 3,980 people. The building was designated a Chicago landmark in 1983 despite protest by its owners. Plans have been drawn up to turn the old movie house into a center for the performing arts.

The photograph aat right shows the Chicago Theater in 1985. Plans for the redevelopment of this Beaux Arts style structure as a performing arts center are crucial for North Loop redevelopment.

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