Wednesday, January 20, 2010

I lead a very city-centric life, but today I was hanging out with some friends in Park Ridge and we found this old theatre. The Pickwick was built in 1928, and is amazingly Art Deco (though it looks to have some streamline deco influence in it too.) The firm was Zook & McCoughey, which seems to have done a lot of homes in the suburb of Hinsdale. This theatre seems to be their most major work, and has been on the National Register of Historic Places since 1975. It was also used in the opening credits to Siskel & Ebert's "At the Movies" in the 1980s. The theatre is actually very much in use, still for movies. The main auditorium is restored and undivided. Three smaller screens were added to the back, which in a brilliant preservation solution, make the theatre commercially viable in modern times without having destroyed its character in the process.

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