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Comment by Joan Denoo on January 13, 2014 at 12:24pm

Carl, a delightful history of the old facility over time and times. It is so strange to see how little USA values historical properties. As you know, it is not uncommon to go into a 200-600 year old building still in use in many places in Europe. Prince Phillip of Great Britain stated, "Countries that destroy their past deserve no future."

Saxon Shore Fort

Thanks, Carl, for this glimpse into Chicago's history. 

Comment by Ian Mason on January 13, 2014 at 10:26am

That's a horrible picture, NB.

Comment by Ian Mason on January 13, 2014 at 10:25am

Comment by booklover on January 13, 2014 at 9:18am

Napoleon,I read about that permit to hunt the rhino.  I just can't understand wanting to kill something.  I just don't get it.

Comment by Napoleon Bonaparte on January 13, 2014 at 3:16am

Hang with friends

Comment by Napoleon Bonaparte on January 13, 2014 at 3:06am

Permit to hunt endangered African black rhino sells for $350,000

'An estimated 4,000 black rhinos remain in the wild, down from 70,0...

Comment by The Flying Atheist on January 13, 2014 at 12:29am

From Wikipedia:

The Rainbo

The Rainbo, at 4812 N. Clark, was purchased in 2002 and torn down to make way for a new condo and townhouse development. At one point, however, it was a very popular outdoor music garden, fashioned after the Moulin Rouge Gardens in Paris, which is the original namesake for what was then called "Moulin Rouge Gardens."[16]

Investors bought the Moulin Rouge Gardens property and spent one-million dollars to expand the facility. Opened in 1921, Mann's Million Dollar Rainbo Room, named after Fred Mann's wartime service in the U.S. Army's 42nd Infantry or "Rainbow" Division, was said to be the largest nightclub in America, featuring some of the biggest names in Vaudeville and musical entertainment. Larry Fine (actor) was performing there the night he was asked to join The Three Stooges. The Rainbo Room had a revolving stage to allow for continuous entertainment. There was table seating for 2,000 patrons and space on the dance floor for an additional 1,500. Until 1927, WMAQ radio shared the 670 kilohertz frequency with station WQJ, which was owned by the Rainbo and Calumet Baking Powder Company; it broadcast music of the Rainbo's performers as a form of promotion.[17][18]

In 1927, during prohibition, it was converted to a major casino and sports venue, called the Rainbo Fronton.

In 1934, during the Chicago World's Fair (Century of Progress), it became French Casino. The French Casino is where John Dillinger spent his birthday, June 22, 1934, a month before he was shot.

In 1939, it became Mike Todd's Theater Cafe, which was a popular dinner theater. Tommy Sutton, the Theater Cafe's choreographer, went on to work with Cab Calloway, Duke Ellington and Nat King Cole, among others. It was also a venue for Championship Wrestling where, in 1955, the first women's tag team wrestling match was held.

In 1957, The Theater Cafe was converted to an ice skating rink, called Rainbo Arena, which was a practice rink for the Chicago Blackhawks including the year they won the 1961 Stanley Cup. The Rainbo Arena was also a training rink for several Olympic figure skaters, housed a pro bowling alley and the original Kinetic Playground music venue.

In the 1960s and thereafter, The Rainbo was a popular late night roller rink until it was torn down for a new housing development called Rainbo Village. When the building was being demolished in 2003, an assortment of human bones and tennis shoes were discovered in what had been the building's basement.[19] How the bones and shoes ended up there has remained unresolved.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on January 13, 2014 at 12:25am

I added my name, Sk8eycat.  I hope the building and the business get saved.  Good luck!  I hate seeing wonderful icons of the past so readily discarded.  

In recent years here in Chicago we lost an iconic roller-skating rink......torn down for condo buildings.  The property (The Rainbo) was part of a entertainment venue that dated to before World War I.  It survived Prohibition as a speakeasy and hosted many of the famous big bands throughout 30's and 40's.  It had a fantastic history.  

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 13, 2014 at 12:16am

I signed and shared. Good luck! Sounds like a lot of ice skating people in your community would support this effort.

Comment by sk8eycat on January 12, 2014 at 10:57pm

I wanted to explain some of the history of Culver, but it would have taken too much time and space...one small example is that Tai Babilonia and Randy Gardner trained there before and after they became US and World Pairs Champions, and several of my friends from Holiday (and before) taught there.  It's one of the "homier" ice rinks in SoCal. 

There's a big rink here in Burbank, but they are so snotty about who is allowed to teach there that most people don't bother with the place.  They want ALL their teachers/coaches to have national titles at the very least, whether they have the ability to teach and encourage kids or not. Plus they are nervous, even after all these years, about skin color. Can You imagine that?!  Culver has NEVER cared about color...except the color of money. Which they are still raking in. It's the landlords, who don't even live in California, who want to try condos or a (money-losing) mall.

After all these years, and all the champions and ice show stars who have come out of that rink, the place should be declared some sort of cultural/sports landmark.

 

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