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Merle Reskin Theatre

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Merle Reskin Theatre
Photograph: courtesy of The Thea Merle Reskin Theatre

This 1,325-seat proscenium theater was designed by Chicago architects Marshall & Fox in 1910. Under its original name, the Blackstone Theatre, it served as a home for the Federal Theatre Project in the 1930s and hosted the premiere of Lorraine Hansberry's A Raisin in the Sun in 1959, in addition to scads of touring shows. In 1988, it was sold to DePaul University, which renamed the theater in honor of donor Reskin in 1992; it now serves as the main public performance venue for DePaul's Theatre School.


Venue name: Merle Reskin Theatre
Address: 60 E Balbo Ave

Cross street: between Michigan and Wabash Aves
Transport: El stop: Red to Harrison; Brown, Pink, Purple (rush hrs), Orange to Library. Bus: 1, 3, 4, 6.
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