Back in Chicago my family and I used to go to “The Patio.” It was quite authentic to its initial creation back in the twenties and sorta had a circus-y look to its ornate features. The prices for things was quite good, I remember that if you saw a matinee screening it was only two bucks. I honestly do not recall the price of food, but I’m sure they were very lenient as well.
Sadly it is probably no surprise that the poor girl was closed back in 2001. I didn’t find out about it for a few years later as we moved out of the immediate area. The only hints at its fate were these pictures someone took for a post about three famous and ancient theaters that were closed in the city.
So that was that. Found the pics after some searching, but also found out the idea of it actually getting finished and re-opened was virtually dead in it’s tracks.
Till about five in the morning last night when I caught the local Chicago news. (In case you are wondering why five in the morning, the Misses brought me EvE Online back from her trip. It’s space-y sci-fi hooks are pleasantly deep at the moment.)
Turns out the son of the owner just got a business licence and talked his old man into bringing it back to life after all! The place is up and running with utmost care to keep it just as it was in it’s hay-day back in the 20′s. For ten bucks you can get a ticket to a movie, popcorn, and snacks/drink for under ten dollars including tax!
More shots of the interior here: http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.171436626216157.46550.129959440363876