• Behind-the-scenes tour of historic 100-year theater in Lincoln Square

    by Tom Barnas / WGN-9 News / May 3, 2022

    A behind-the-scenes look at the 100-year-old Davis Theater in Lincoln Square

    CHICAGO — For over 100 years, the Davis Theater has entertained Chicago’s Lincoln Square neighborhood. Originally opened in 1918 as the Pershing Theater, it was originally named after World War I General of the Armies, John J Pershing.

    The building was designed by architect Walter W. Ahlschlager, who was also responsible for the design of such famous buildings as the uptown Broadway Building in Chicago and the Roxy Theater in New York City.

    The Pershing began its run showing silent films and by the 1930s, it was converted to show “talkies” and renamed the Davis Theater. The theater eventually transformed into a German film house and continued to show foreign films through the end of the 1950s. Read more and Watch HERE



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