August 21, 2008

Tom Mix, the New Lawrence Hotel, and the Uptown Theatre



Thomas Edwin Mix (born Thomas Hezikiah Mix; January 6, 1880 – October 12, 1940) was an American film actor and the star of many early Western movies. He made a reported 336 films between 1910 and 1935, all but 9 of which were silent features. He was Hollywood’s first Western megastar and is noted as having defined the genre for all cowboy actors who followed. And in May (year unknown) he and his horse Tony visited Uptown Chicago, as evidenced by this vintage newspaper advertisement.

5 comments:

Littleton Arts Uptown said...

Tom Mix and his Wonder Horse....very interesting. I wonder what tricks the horse did?

Where was the "New Lawrence Hotel", is it still standing?

The advert says it was "Delightfully Situated". I love the way they used language back then.

Joanne said...

It's now the Lawrence House at Lawrence and Kenmore. You can see a few old postcards of the exterior here: New Lawrence.

Littleton Arts Uptown said...

Thanks Joanne. That was my first guess. Surprised it had an indoor pool, would be nice to see the rooftop garden come back, that was ahead of its time.

Unfortunately from what I hear it may still have the original plumbing...still a beautiful building.

Joanne said...

I have some photos of the original art deco lobby. One of these days I'll get around to scanning them. :-)

bill Matteson said...

I loved the Pool in the basement of the New Lawrence. We would enter on Kenmore the down the stairs to yhe pool, it was about 40 cents for all day, I loved the showers with their unlimited hot water,

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