The PrivateBank Theatre
About The PrivateBank Theatre
The theatre was opened on New Year’s Day in 1906 as the Majestic Theatre, and was was the first venue in Chicago to cost over one million dollars. The Majestic Building, the tallest building in Chicago when it was first built, became a Chicago landmark, and the theatre instantly became a popular destination for vaudeville acts.
In the 1920s, it became part of the famous Orpheum Circuit and host to famed magician Harry Houdini. In 1932, during the Great Depression, the Majestic closed its doors and remained empty for 15 years. In 1945, the theatre was purchased by the Shubert Organization and reopened as the Sam Shubert Theatre. The venue was restored and revitalized for a new generation of audiences. The Shubert stage became home to an astounding array of classic plays and musicals such as Carousel, South Pacific, Guys and Dolls, The King and I, My Fair Lady and A Chorus Line. In 1991, the Nederlander Organization purchased the Majestic Building from the Shubert Organization. The Shubert continued to host a wide array of quality theatrical productions and groundbreaking musicals.
Since the formation of Broadway In Chicago in 2000, The PrivateBank has continued to bring classic revivals and groundbreaking world premieres to The Loop. In 2005, the theatre closed for restorations and repairs. It reopened in 2006 as the LaSalle Bank Theatre, and later the Bank of America Theatre in 2008. Since that time, the venue has hosted the long run of the musical phenomenon Jersey Boys, the Pre-Broadway World Premiere Kinky Boots, and the Broadway Blockbuster The Book of Mormon.
The PrivateBank is the proud host of of Broadway’s biggest hit, Hamilton, which will make The PrivateBank Theatre its new home beginning in September of 2016.