Chatham 14 Theaters

CHATHAM — Besides its name, little has changed since new ownership took over the South Side’s only movie theater, according to

Formerly ICE Chatham 14 Theaters and now the Chatham 14 Theaters, located at 210 W. 87th St., the cinema was once the only black-owned movie theater in Chicago, featuring films geared toward an African American audience and employing local youth.

Now Michael Silver, who had been part owner for the past five years, is the majority owner after the theater’s founders, Donzell and Alisa Starks, sold it to him, Silver said.

The Starks, founders of Inner City Entertainment, still own the ICE Lawndale 10 Theaters on the West Side, according to Alisa Starks.

“We are thrilled that we have come to this agreement,” said Silver, who is white. “We are looking forward to taking the Chatham 14 Theaters into the next stage of development.

We’re making plans for upgrading the theaters with digital projectors, new carpeting and other amenities to make this a world-class entertainment venue on the South Side.”

Silver declined disclosed fnancial terms of the deal.

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