One of Chicago’s oldest theaters closed down indefinitely

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One of the city’s oldest theaters will no longer be screening films in the foreseeable future.

The 93-year-old Portage Theater, located on the North side, was closed Friday because it could not obtain a liquor license due to its checkered history of code violations.

Owner Ernieo ‘Eddie’ Carranza also owns the Congress Theater on North Milwaukee Avenue and said he will appeal the decision.

The Portage Theater was built during the 1920s in the Six Corners shopping district.

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