In 1979, Albert Berger and I took a lease on the Sandburg Theatre on the Near North side of Chicago, and reopened it as a repertory cinema showing classic films in double-features that changed three times a week. We learned the history of the theatre, which had previously been owned and operated as the Playboy Cinema in the 1970's, and before that as the Surf, and had its origins as a vaudeville theatre going all the way back to the 1920's.
The Sandburg was torn down in the early '80's to make way for a Walgreen's drug store which still operates on that site.
Now there is a website that catalogues and provides a forum for information about old movie theatres around the country and around the world and efforts to save them.
Cinema Treasures is where I found a list of Havana's old deco movie palaces, and which ones are still open and operating today.
Cine 23 y 12, the Riviera, La Rampa,and el Yara are colorful houses of cinema that have survived to the present day.
Maybe it will reopen one day and be a home to a Cinematheque for classic Latin American films - a kind of Sandburg Theatre for the rich heritage of Cuban, Mexican, Brazilian, Argentinian and other home grown cinemas of the South?
A nice, air-conditioned Friday night screening of Tomas Gutierrez Alea's "Memories of Underdevelopment" in a restored 35mm print on the silver screen?
Hmm, who wants to join me?