Saturday, June 02, 2018

Streetcar in front of Chicago's since-razed 8th Street Theatre

Pictured below is a streetcar--what we now call light rail, in front of the Eighth Street Theatre in Chicago's South Loop.

The streetcar belongs to the Stony Island 93 line.

This photograph once belonged to my late father.

The Eighth Street Theatre was the longtime home of the WLS Barn Dance, also known as the National Barn Dance. The radio show began in 1924, predating the Grand Ole Opry. It showcased country music acts, utilizing the clear channel station's 50,000 watts to entertain people throughout much of the United States and Canada.

The Eighth Street Theatre was demolished in 1960, three years before live broadcasts of the Barn Danced ceased.

Much thanks goes to the Forgotten Chicago Facebook page for identifying the theater.

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