The Reader's annual "Best of Chicago" poll is out, and Best Movie Theater That Should Be Reopened is ... you guessed it. Here's an excerpt that looks as hopeful as anything we've heard in the past decade:
"Harry Osterman, newly elected alderman for the 48th Ward, reports that he, Mayor Emanuel, and 46th Ward alderman James Cappleman are all interested in creating an entertainment district that would encompass not only a restored Uptown but the Riviera, the Aragon, the Kinetic Playground, and the now-empty Borders building south of the theater. If that provides enough of an incentive for Jam to move forward, the city might once again enjoy this architectural gem."But you should really read the whole article here, if only for the simply stunning photo The Reader includes of the magnificent, tarnished theater lobby.
As for the beautiful marquee photo above, it was sent to us by reader Greg Edwards, using actual film, like in the olden days. "For the photo nerds ... these were shot using a 1972 Konica C35 and on Fuji Provia 100 slide film."