Ford Center for the Performing Arts Oriental Theatre
As one of the first motion picture palaces whose décor was inspired by the Far
East, Chicago’s Oriental Theatre opened to much fanfare on May 8, 1926. During that period, it played host to the likes of The Three Stooges, Judy Garland, Al Jolson, Stepin Fetchit, Sophie Tucker, George Burns and Gracie Allen, Cab Calloway, Duke Ellington, Fanny Brice, Danny Kaye and Alice Faye.
It was named to the Federal National Registry of Historic Places in 1978, completely restored to its original grandeur in 1997 when it was renamed the Ford Center for the Performing Arts. More recent productions have included "Ragtime," "Fosse," "Wicked" and "Billy Elliot."