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CIBC Theatre, Chicago

CIBC Theatre, Chicago

Former Names: Majestic Theatre, Shubert Theatre, La Salle Bank Theatre, Bank of America Theatre, PrivateBank Theatre

Website: http://www.broadwayinchicago.com Open website in new window

Telephone: (312) 977-1700 Call (312) 977-1700

Address: 18 West Monroe St, Chicago, IL 60603 Show address in Google Maps (new window)

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 Overview

Opened as the Majestic Theatre in 1906 as part of the multi-use Majestic Building, the theatre occupying lower floors and the Majestic Hotel occupying upper levels. Since 1991 the theatre has been owned by the Nederlander Organization; it is currently operated by Broadway in Chicago.

The architects of The Majestic were Edmund R. Krause, George L. and Cornelius Rapp. The Majestic opened as a vaudeville venue and joined the Orpheum Circuit in the 1920s. The theatre closed in 1932 due to the Great Depression and remained dark for 15 years. It was purchased in 1945 by the Shubert Organization who operated it under the name of the Shubert Theatre until Nederlander took over in 1991.

Today, Broadway in Chicago brings Broadway’s biggest hits to the theatre in addition to premieres and pre-Broadway tryouts, and as of late 2016 it became home to the only resident production of “Hamilton” outside of Broadway, which may run for as long as two years.

The theatre was designed with racial segregation in mind and, as such, patrons seated on differing levels used different entrances. Sightlines within the auditorium also minimized the view of lower-price ticketholders from the higher-price ticketholders! The theatre was extensively renovated in 2005-06 and the current color scheme is believed to match the original. Current seating capacity is 1,800 (originally 2,500). The theatre has largely retained all its original fixtures and fittings including intricate lobby paneling, lighting and mosaic floor.

The theatre sells its naming rights and during the Nederlander ownership has been known as the La Salle Bank Theatre and the Bank of America Theatre. More recently it was known as the PrivateBank Theatre, until September 2017 when the name was changed to the CIBC Theatre, representative of the June 2017 acquisition of PrivateBancorp by Canadian bank CIBC.

 How do I visit the CIBC Theatre?

Tours are available through Broadway In Chicago Link opens in new window. Public tours run every Saturday at 11am and visit two of the three Broadway in Chicago venues: the Oriental Theatre (soon to be called the Nederlander Theatre), the Cadillac Palace and the CIBC Theatre. Tours cost $16 plus fees. Not sure if walk-up tickets are available at the theatre Box Office. Information correct as of December 2018.

Upcoming Special Events
Theatre Tour

Theatre Tour (Saturdays at 11am)

Broadway In Chicago offers a public tour of our theatres every Saturday at 11am. Each tour visits two of our three theatres: the Oriental Theatre, the Cadillac Palace and the CIBC Theatre. The tour showcases the glittering vintage décor inspired by the foremost theatre designers of our time, who created through their designs in the French Renaissance styling. You will also learn about the cutting edge technology that makes each theatre the home to today’s most complex theatrical productions and the recent restorations that brought beauty and elegance back to these century-old theatres.

For more info see: http://www.broadwayinchicago.com/plan-your-trip/theatre-tours/ Link opens in new window

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Auditorium

Lobby

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