CIBC Theatre

Chicago, IL

Performance History

From ChatGPT

The CIBC Theatre, formerly known as the PrivateBank Theatre and Bank of America Theatre, is a prominent theater located in the Loop district of Chicago, Illinois. It is situated at 18 West Monroe Street and has been a significant venue for live performances since its opening in 1906. The theater's history dates back to its original construction as the Majestic Theatre, designed by architect Edmund R. Krause. Over the years, it underwent several renovations and changes of ownership before becoming the CIBC Theatre in 2019. With a seating capacity of approximately 1,800, the CIBC Theatre is known for hosting Broadway productions and large-scale musicals. It has been the home of many successful shows, including the long-running hit musical "Hamilton" during its Chicago run. The theater offers a grand and elegant setting, characterized by its ornate Beaux-Arts architectural style. The CIBC Theatre is highly regarded for its excellent acoustics and sightlines, ensuring an immersive and enjoyable experience for the audience. Its location in the vibrant downtown area of Chicago makes it easily accessible and a popular destination for theatergoers. In addition to its artistic offerings, the theater also provides modern amenities, including comfortable seating, concession stands, and accessible facilities to enhance the overall theatergoing experience. The CIBC Theatre continues to play a significant role in Chicago's cultural landscape, showcasing world-class productions and attracting both local residents and visitors to the city.}


Venue Info

Built: 1906
Venue Status: Still open
Seating Capacity: 1800

Location Info

22 W. Monroe Street
Chicago, IL
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Other Names

  • PrivateBank Theatre (2/9/2016)
  • Bank of America Theatre (2008)
  • LaSalle Bank Theatre (2006)
  • Shubert Theatre (1945; short name)
  • Sam Shubert Theatre (1945; full name)
  • Sam S. Shubert Theatre (1945; full name)
  • Majestic Theatre (1906)

Trivia & History

Built in 1906 as a vaudeville house, the theatre became part of the Orpheum Circuit in the 1920s. The theatre closed in 1932 because of vaudeville's decline and the Great Depression. In 1945, it was purchased by the Shubert Organization and remodeled and renamed the Sam Shubert Theatre. It was sold to the Nederlander Organization in 1991 (although the land was owned by the Chicago Public Schools until the Nederlanders bought it in 1997). Broadway in Chicago acquired the building in 2000. Starting in January 2005, the theatre began a $40M restoration. It re-opened in May 2006 as the LaSalle Bank Theatre. At that time, the 4th - 21st floor of the building housing the theatre were converted to a hotel. In 2008, the theatre became the Bank of America Theatre as LaSalle Bank was acquired by Bank of America.

The first theatre built in Chicago since the Iroquois Theatre fire. Fittingly, the Majestic was praised for its fire safety.

The auditorium has two prosceniums. It was designed this way to keep the audience racially segregated. The second proscenium prevents the audience on the orchestra level from seeing the audience above them.

The theatre was renamed the PrivateBank Theatre on February 9, 2016.

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