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Biograph Theatre

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Biograph Theatre

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Bob C wrote a review Feb 2020
Batesburg, South Carolina48 contributions24 helpful votes
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Use your imagination to retrace John Dillinger's footsteps on his fateful night. From the exit door to his death location in the alley nextdoor. Public Enemy #1 no more!!
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Date of experience: January 2020
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meezer3 wrote a review Oct 2019
Chicago, Illinois1,219 contributions139 helpful votes
I have lived all my life, pretty much, just outside Chicago and of course knew of John Dillinger and his history. My friend from the UK is fascinated with Chicago and asked that we take a "Gangster tour". We did and this is the first stop of the tour. I am so glad we went because I would never have known how to get here myself. Great story about the night he died in the alley near the theater after attending a movie at the Biograph Theatre with his girlfriend.
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Date of experience: September 2019
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Teresa H wrote a review Jul 2019
Platte City, Missouri46 contributions35 helpful votes
I stopped by this location as part of a bus tour and wasn't able to go inside. It was quite a distance from downtown Chicago. Considering that I wasn't able to go inside, I'm not sure it would be worth the trip to see just this location.
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Date of experience: June 2019
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Menno wrote a review May 2019
Utrecht, The Netherlands937 contributions138 helpful votes
Strange to say but this theater is a great place to visit when you’re a mob-fan like me. The place of the final moments of the famous John Dillinger. Little did I know there’s some sort of John Dillinger club still gathering across the street every year.
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Date of experience: May 2019
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Taylor B wrote a review Apr 2019
Chicago, Illinois6,633 contributions5,568 helpful votes
How does a motion picture theatre become a Chicago Landmark (2001) and earn a spot on the National Register of Historic Places (1984)? By being site where a well-known gangster was killed. Located at 2433 North Lincoln Avenue in Chicago's Lincoln Park neighborhood, the Biograph Theater is notable as the location where bank robber John Dillinger was shot by FBI agents after watching a gangster movie on July 22, 1934. The Biograph, which opened in 1914, featured many of the distinguishing characteristics of movie houses of the 1930s, including a storefront-width lobby, recessed entrance, free-standing ticket booth and canopy marquee. The building was finished in red pressed brick and white-glazed terra cotta. In July 2004, after 90 years as a movie theater under various owners, Chicago's Victory Gardens Theater purchased the Biograph for use as a venue for live theatrical productions. The theater was completed renovated with a stage and seating for 299 people, dressing rooms and an adjacent rehearsal/multiple-use space that cost $11 million. The project was completed in 2006 with the new Victory Gardens at the Biograph featuring a new stage that is 30 feet deep and 32 feet wide and 16 feet of wing space on either side and an eight-foot trap space beneath the stage. Today, Victory Gardens is a popular destination for theater-goers but locals and tourists still know the site as the Biograph, where FBI agent Melvin Purvis gunned down the FBI's most wanted man, John Dillinger.
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Date of experience: April 2019
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