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Athenaeum Theatre

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5 out of 5 stars
(8user reviews)
Photograph: Max Herman Athenaeum Theater

This antiquated, cathedral-like building was once an annex to a neighboring mammoth church. Now it has several studio theaters and a large proscenium mainstage that play landlord to companies of all shapes and sizes, including dance and performance art. Many theaters also maintain office space in the building.

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Athenaeum Theatre says
Founded 1911 - The Athenaeum Theatre Chicago's oldest, continuously operating off-loop theatre. Home 8 resident theater companies, a dozen dance companies and hundreds of other itinerant performing arts organizations. See a show on our historic and classic main stage or one of our three intimate black box studio theatres. We are a not-for-profit dedicated to making the Athenaeum an affordable, diverse and vibrant home for Chicago's performing art community.
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Venue name: Athenaeum Theatre
Address: 2936 N Southport Ave
Cross street: at Oakdale Ave
Transport: Bus: 9, 11, 76.
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Average User Rating

5 / 5

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Beautiful antique building and mainstage. Varied and excellent programming. Great little bar and friendly staff.

I have seen many great shows here. Love the atmosphere of this old landmark.

This theater was great! All the seats, no matter where they are, have a good view of the stage. The theater was pleasantly smaller than most. It didn't feel overly crowded or cramped at all despite it being a full house. The parking is a bit of a drag, but once found, the evening was enjoyable. The theater is beautiful and all the staff are very friendly and helpful.

Old, regal, but lived-in. Lots of variety in this building with four theatre spaces.

Beautiful historic venue with a helpful, friendly, and professional staff! My dance company has called the Athenaeum Theatre home for the past 5 years and we have made wonderful memories there! Having a bar reception area is always a plus!