Chicago Architecture Info

The Cadillac Palace Theater

Also known as
Cadillac Theater
Palace Theater
Formerly known as Bismarck Theatre
New Palace Theater
RKO Palace Theater
Orpheum Theatre Chicago
151 West Randolph Street
Chicago, Illinois 60601
Basic Information
Designed by Rapp and Rapp
Type Entertainment Venue
Floors: 19
Neighborhood: The Loop
More Information
  • Seating capacity: 2,500.
  • During the Second World War the two brass chandeliers in the foyer were painted white so that no one would realize what they were made of and melt them down to help the war effort.
  • The interior of this building was inspired by the palace of Versailles in France.
  • 1925: Construction begins.
  • October 4, 1926: This building opens to the public.
  • 1931: The auditorium is converted from a performance hall to a movie theater.
  • 1950's: Live performances are added to the film screenings.
  • 1999: The auditorium is restored to its original function.