By J.R. Manning
August 22, 2019
A new owner has purchased the Patio Theater in the Chicago neighborhood of Portage Park, located on Irving Park Road. The auditorium is an Atmospheric theater with twinkling stars and drifting clouds on the simulated night sky. According to the theater's website, the capacity is 1,496 seats.
The Patio opened on January 29, 1927 when silent films were still standard fare. A 3 manual, 10 rank Barton Theater Organ was installed to accompany the films. The organ is still there, according to sources, it is the last Barton theater organ still in its original installation.
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