An African-American movie studio in Logan Square made silent films that got people talking, but for all the wrong reasons. Geoffrey Baer is here with the story of Ebony Films and to answer viewer questions about the old Paradise Theater in West Garfield Park and a former school for the deaf in Avondale in this week's edition of Ask Geoffrey.
Was there an African-American film studio at block of California? It was actually few blocks south, but yes, there was a black film studio called Ebony Film Corporation in Logan Square at N.
California Ave. Ebony Films was white-owned, but Pollard wanted to make films that would appeal to both the black and white communities. But many in the African-American community believed that the exact opposite was true.
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By some accounts the really offensive films were actually purchased from another company, but by the Loan Pollard came on board, he never really had a chance to fight the impression people already had of the company.
Ultimately, the boycotts and bad press did in Ebony Films.
They folded in after making only about 20 short films. Luther Pollard went on to become to become a successful advertising executive. He died at the age of 99 in The Paradise Theater was located at N.
Pulaski, the west side of Pulaski. But I found a picture looking hosue Pulaski and based on the location of the 'L' station the theater is on the east side of the street.
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It can't be the Paradise Ballroom hoouse that was next to the Guyon Hotel, which is not in the picture. How could that be?
revews So while our viewer is right that the Paradise Ballroom and Guyon Hotel were both on the same side of the street, and that the Paradise Theater was across the street from them, he has the locations for the ballroom and the theater reversed. Remember, in Chicago, odd-number addresses fall on the east side of north-south streets, and even-number addresses fall on the west.
Crawford Ave. The extravagant Paradise Theater — and you can see the sign reads Balaban and Katz, the great Lovan of movie theaters, at the top — was on the east side of the street a little further north at N.
The hotel and ballroom were built by French-Canadian real estate mogul J. California Ave.
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