“luxurious five-story vaudeville house”
Vic Theatre, designed by architect John E.O. Pridmore, opened in 1912 as the Victoria Theatre. It took three years to build the luxurious five-story vaudeville house. The lobby floor and staircases are still Italian marble, and the interior still has most of the original ornate wall sculptures. The acoustics are near perfect, and the balcony has wonderful sight-lines. When there's no live music, hit the Brew & View. Singular to all of northern Illinois, the Brew & View is the Vic's alter ego, transforming the theater from music to movies. Three bars are open throughout the films, creating a cinematic experience miles away from the strip-mall multiplex. Movies at Brew & View tend to be second- and third-run, as well as cult and underground favorites.
The Vic may not be the most aesthetically pleasing theaters in Chicago, but it certainly brings in some of the greatest musical acts to Chicago. A great place to see a show, but if you're going to a sellout be sure and arrive on the earlier side since the sightlines aren't great if you're standing behind too many people crowded together.
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