The Harper Theater

Designed by Horatio Wilson (1857-1917), one of Chicago’s most popular architects, the Harper Theater building was first issued a permit on Oct. 8, 1913. The address was 5234 S. Rosalie (now Harper & 1452-64 E. 53rd St.). The Prairie Style building is listed on The National Register of Historic Places as part of The Hyde Park-Kenwood Historic District.

Called the Hyde Park Theater through the 1980’s and The Meridian through the 1990’s, the theater’s importance actually dates back to the 1920’s. As the gateway to the Hyde Park business district, the building’s style, scale and history are crucial to the character of the neighborhood.

The property had been unoccupied for over a decade when, in 2002, The University of Chicago purchased the building. In 2011, The University signed an agreement with neighborhood shopping center developer ADF Capital, the owner of The New 400 Theaters in Rogers Park, to re-develop and operate The Harper Theater.

The Harper Theater exhibits films to create a specialized experience for the community through:

  • State-of-the art digital projection
  • An intensely clear Dolby five-channel surround sound system
  • A master image 3-D system
  • Clean, comfortable seats with perfect sight-lines to a rich visual display
  • A helpful and friendly staff to handle any of your needs

In addition to movies, the Harper Theater is a fantastic venue for special events and parties. Please contact info@harpertheater.com to book your office parties, birthdays, holidays and special occasions at the Harper Theater!


Jazz at the Logan
Oct 2013 | CEI Media Group

Event: The Hyde Park Jazz Festival is pleased to share information about the University of Chicago Presents' inaugural concert of the Jazz at the Logan series. The first concert October 25, 2013 features The Bad Plus, with artists Ethan Iverson (piano), Reid Anderson (bass), and Dave King (drums). The band will present On Sacred Ground. #hydeparkchicago

Chaturanga Seeds Yoga and Arts This Fall
Oct 2013 | CEI Media Group

Join Chaturanga Seeds for Community Yoga at the Arts Incubator this Fall. All classes are free and open to the public. Arts Incubator is at 301 E. Garfield Blvd in Chicago, IL.

Chant After Dark This Fall
Sep 2013 | CEI Media Group

Most Hyde Parkers know that CHANT is an upscale casual dining restaurant featuring “Asian Inspired Global Cuisine.” Conveniently located within the Historic Hyde Park 53rd Street Business District, CHANT is also a great spot for live music and DJ house music from 9:00 pm to midnight.

Bike and Roll: Chicago, Blues, Bikes and BBQ
Jul 2013 | CEI Media Group

Event: Gear up to explore one of Chicago's best-kept secrets, the Hyde Park neighborhood, with Bike and Roll Chicago's Blues, Bikes & BBQ Food Tour July 27-Aug 21, 2013.

4th on 53rd Parade and Picnic
Jun 2013 | CEI Media Group

Event: Join us for the 21st Annual 4th on 53rd Parade and Picnic on July 4th. The Parade kicks off at 11am and is followed by an afternoon of family fun in Nichols Park. For more information, contact Sonya of the SECC at sonya@secc-chicago.org.

Will the Stanley Cup Come to Hyde Park
Jun 2013 | CEI Media Group

The Chicago NHL Blackhawks are the 2013 Stanley Cup Champions once again. As the celebration started immediately after the last goal, the Stanley Cup has arrived in the city for its tour. Will it come to Hyde Park?

Hyde Park Jazz Festival Benefit Concert
Jun 2013 | CEI Media Group

Event: Thursday, June 27, 2013 - As a preview to the upcoming Hyde Park Jazz Festival this September, the public is invited to enjoy a reception and open bar (wine & beer) in the Logan Center’s beautiful Performance Penthouse & great jazz in the state-of-the-art Performance Hall. The improvisational jazz genius, Etienne Charles, will dazzle you with a special performance. Reception begins at 6:00 pm.

Harper Theater Features Oscar Brown Film Tribute
May 2013 | CEI Media Group

On Sunday, June 16, the New Harper Theater will host a special film screening tribute to a unique jazz artist and political activist, Oscar Brown Jr. As a Father’s Day Celebration, the Coalition for Equitable Community Development (CECD) and renowned songstress Maggie Brown present the film “Music is My Life; Politics My Mistress: The Oscar Brown, Jr. Story.”

The Promontory Could Join Akira on 53rd Street
May 2013 | CEI Media Group

Hyde Park residents eagerly anticipate the arrival of the Promontory concert hall, bar and restaurant at 1539 E. 53rd Street. Bruce Finkelman and Craig Golden, owners of the restaurant Longman & Eagle, plan to open the venue in early 2013.