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State-Lake Theater
190 North State Street
Built 1917
Architects: C.W. and George Rapp

The State-Lake Theater opened in 1919, initially as a premiere vaudeville theater, and soon became an important link in the RKO chain of movie houses. The building occupies the southwest corner of State and Lake Streets and was designed by the venerable theater architectural firm of Rapp and Rapp. A few years later, Rapp and Rapp also designed the Chicago Theater, located across State Street from the State-Lake.

In the mid-1980s, the building was converted into a television studio for WLS, the Chicago outlet of the American Broadcasting Company.

Internet Resources
Suggested Reading
· George D. Bushnell, "Chicago's Magnificent Movie Palaces," Chicago History 6 (Summer 1977), 99-106.
· Ben Hall, Best Remaining Seats: The Story of the Golden Age of the Movie Palace (DaCapo Press, 1988).
· Lary May, Screening Out the Past: The Birth of Mass Culture and the Motion Picture Industry (Univ. of Chicago Press, 1983).
· Michael Putnam, Silent Screens: The Decline and Transformation of the American Movie Theater (Johns Hopkins Univ. Press, 2000).
· Robert Sklar, Movie-Made America: A Cultural History of American Movies (Vintage, 1994).
· Maggie Valentine, The Show Starts on the Sidewalk: An Architectural History of the Movie Theater (Yale Univ. Press, 1996).

Page authored: 17 June 1997

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