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Biograph Theater Tours

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Biograph Theater
The large marquee of the Biograph Theater in the northerly Chicago neighborhood of Lincoln Park announces a regular slate of upcoming live performances. The building is a popular cultural destination for Chicagoans and features a 299-seat theater, a 130-seat studio theater, rehearsal hall and space for special events, but the building has enjoyed a long and storied history. First opened in 1914 with 942 seats, the Biograph Theater was one of the country’s earliest movie houses. It now hosts the Victory Gardens Theater.

During the Great Depression, the theater advertised a rare summer perk: air conditioning. Perhaps this is what drew notorious gangster, bank robber, and alleged murder, John Dillinger, to a screening of “Manhattan Melodrama” in July, 1934. Leaving the screening, Dillinger was killed in the adjacent alleyway by waiting FBI agents. As the site of Dillinger’s death, the Biograph Theater has also become a popular for ghost hunting tours.

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The Biograph Theater is located at 2433 N. Lincoln Ave. The area is serviced by several city bus routes, and the theater provides valet service one hour before curtain for $13 per hour. A nearby parking garage has rates from $6/hour. Admission is based on the performance and seating location, and children under the ages of 6 are not permitted. The venue has a concession stand and coat check.

Shows in season generally have a multi-week run, with popular show times at 3pm and 7:30pm — check the theaters’ online schedule for full performance listings, dates, and times. Subscription membership is also available.
Address: 2433 N. Lincoln Avenue, Chicago, Illinois, USA
Hours: Varies by performance
Admission: Varies by performance
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Frequently Asked Questions

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What are Biograph Theater hours of operation?
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Biograph Theater hours of operation: Varies by performance. Buy tickets in advance on Viator. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.
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