Interested in learning more about The Studebaker Theater Chicago? In 1898, The Fine Arts Building created the historic Studebaker Theatre. Originally built to house vaudevillian performances, but expanded into large productions in the 1920’s. During the subsequent years, performances by Bob Hope, Peter O’Toole, and Vincent Price graced the stage with their immense theatrical skills. The Studebaker Theatre continued on throughout the years for being known as one of the most important live venues in the city of Chicago.
In the 1970’s the city underwent a downturn in theatre attendance and the Studebaker was converted to motion picture cinemas. Eventually, in the year 2000, the Studebaker was closed entirely. Under new ownership in 2005, the Fine Arts Building underwent a complete renovation.