Architecture Tours: Central Park Theater
Come learn more about the historical significance and restoration project of the Central Park Theater. Built in 1914, this was the first theater to have an air-conditioning, and will be reactivated for your enjoyment.
About the Central Park Theater:
The Central Park Theater was one of the most important social and cultural hubs of Chicago: The place where Benny Goodman played his first concerts in the 1920s, and where gospel and blues musicians invented new styles in the 1950s and 60s. One of the most historically significant movie palaces in the United States, the theater is one of the first of its kind and became a model for buildings of its type which followed. In 1971, it became home to the House of Prayer Church of God in Christ under the leadership of Pastor Lincoln Scott and his successor, Pastor Robert Marshal.