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Germania Club
and Theatre

1536-50 N. Clark St., Chicago (Cook County)



These two buildings are located at the southwest corner of Lincoln Park. The three-story Classical Revival building, designed by August Fiedler, was built as a German-American social hall in 1888. By 1916, a two-story theatre building was completed to the north of the club and also called the Germania. One of Chicago’s oldest movie theatres, it was designed by Adolf Werner and retains much of its terra cotta ornament in the second-story piers and cornice. In the wake of World War I, both venues changed their names for political reasons to the Lincoln Club and the Parkside Theatre.


The Germania Club moniker was restored in 1921, and the movie house became the Village Theatre in 1967. With the closing of the theater in 2007, the recent sale of the Germania Club to a shopping center developer, and generous zoning allowances, this block is in great danger of redevelopment. While the club was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1976, neither it nor the theater is a protected local landmark.


Photos 3,4,8: Robert Shymanski




To encourage the preservation and adaptive reuse of these historic buildings, please send your letter of support to:


Commissioner Arnold Randall
City of Chicago
Department of Planning and Development
121 N. LaSalle Street, #501
Chicago, IL 60602









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