Discover Chicago’s movie-going past with film historian Adam Carston

John Landecker

The Biograph Theater in Chicago, Ill., is shown on July 11, 1974. The theater, originally opened in 1914, is scheduled to close tonight. In 1934, FBI agents shot gangster John Dillinger as he walked outside the theater after seeing a screening of “Manhattan Melodrama.” (AP Photo)

Before the days of the many-screen multiplex, Chicago featured a wide variety of movie houses that showed an equally diverse set of films. From the lurid grindhouses of the Loop to spectacular palaces like the Uptown Theatre, film historian Adam Carston has the scoop on Chicago’s movie-going history. He joins John Landecker to look at some of the stories behind the Windy City’s silver screens.

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