Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University50 East Congress Parkway, Chicago, IL, USA
ABOUT THIS THEATRE
The Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University is committed to offering the finest in international, cultural and community programming to Chicago, and to the continued restoration and preservation of our National Historic Landmark building. Designed and constructed by famed architects Dankmar Adler and Louis Sullivan, the theatre has been a mainstay of Chicago architecture and theatre since 1889. In architectural grandeur and in the merit of the artists who have performed here, the Auditorium Theatre has no equal. Though the Auditorium opened to immense critical acclaim, what began as a masterfully-designed opera house that sprang from the minds of geniuses gradually fell into disrepair. For decades the Auditorium Theatre continued its decline before experiencing an astounding resurgence in the 1960's, and ultimately returning to its former status as a jewel in American history. For nearly 120 years, the Auditorium Theatre has evolved, each decade ushering in a new challenge, and a new voice. From the operatic glory of its inception to the rock-and-roll concerts of the 1960's and 70's, from a setting for the world's most legendary musicals to the greatest ballets, the Auditorium Theatre has adapted and grown, but has always remained dedicated to providing the highest quality of artistic experiences while preserving the storied principles upon which it was founded. As time progressed the Auditorium Theatre continued to provide an eclectic and inspiring assortment of artistic productions. Simply sitting beneath the conical dome and contemplating the breadth of talent to grace the theatre is astounding. Former Presidents Theodore Roosevelt and William McKinley gave speeches where, years later, incandescent musicians such as Jimi Hendrix, The Doors, Aretha Franklin, and Elton John performed. Stevie Wonder and Ray Charles captivated audiences in the same space where Les Miserables and Phantom of the Opera once played to sold-out crowds. Currently, the Auditorium hosts a variety of events, from dance to music, from Broadway to rock concerts. Keeping true to Sullivan and Adler's vision, the Auditorium Theatre truly does offer entertainment for all of Chicago.