“The Central Library is one of my most favorite places of earth. I would say it is like the Taj Mahal. Inside, you’ll find library staff processing requests and pushing carts full of their thousands of books that fill their long shelves. Those inside this temple vary quite a bit– babysitters, homeless trying to avoid the cold outside world, amateur genealogists, horror novel aficionados, and many more.
For me, the library has served many functions over the years. It has been my entertainment and my education. The mad genius Frank Zappa said, “if you want a real education, drop out of school, go to the library and read.”
One of my proudest moments was finding my own book in the Central Library collection, and this was fitting because I had done much research for the book in the quiet, peaceful aisles there.”
I was in Park Ridge covering a corporate event. I spotted this glorious theatre across the street. As soon as my event ended, I headed over. Little did I know the cool history of this grand art deco theatre.
The Pickwick Theatre is an art deco movie palace located in Park Ridge, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago.
Designed by Roscoe Harold Zook, William F. McCaughey, and Alfonso Iannelli, the Pickwick opened in 1928 as a vaudeville stage and movie theatre. It is widely recognized for its marquee and 100-foot tower, which appeared in the opening credits of Siskel & Ebert & the Movies. The main auditorium, built to resemble an Aztec or Mayan temple, seats up to 1,400 people.
The building was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1975 and continues to host films as well as live stage shows. In 1990, theatre management expanded the Pickwick by adding three new screens behind the original auditorium. New movies arrive every Friday. The newest movie is usually played in the main theatre for the first week and then is rotated throughout the three back theatres for the following weeks at the theatre.