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November 21, 2006
The Portage Theater (4050 N. Milwaukee Ave.), built in 1920, still shows movies and is home to The Silent Film Society of Chicago. "It's what they call a pre-movie palace," said owner Dennis Wolkowicz, "the shape of the theater being a megaphone and reminiscent of an old opera house."
The theater was restored in 2006 and maintains its vintage charm. Classic movies are also regularly featured. 773-736-4050, portagetheater.org
The Portage Theater inches out other famous Chicago theaters, including the Chicago Theatre (175 N. State St.), built in 1921, now a stage theater; Uptown Theater (4816 N. Broadway), built in 1925, currently vacant; and the Oriental Theatre 24 W. Randolph St.), built in 1926, now the Ford Center for the Performing Arts. The Biograph Theater (2433-43 N. Lincoln Ave.), built in 1914, was converted in 2006 to a stage theater and no longer shows movies.