Merle Reskin Theatre is located at DePaul University's theatre school and has been a neighborhood landmark in Chicago since 1910.
Formerly known as the Blackstone Theatre and purchased by DePaul from the Shubert Organization in 1988, the theatre was renamed in honor of a major donor in 1992. However, since it's opening theatre has seen many name changes, owners, and audience members.
Each year, this 1,325 seat proscenium theatre provides performance space for the nearly 200 public performances of The Theatre School, including The Theatre School Showcase and Chicago Playworks for Families and Young Audiences. The school brings an audience of more than 45,000 people to the theatre each season. When not occupied by Theatre School productions, its world-class stage is used by DePaul’s School of Music and many other not-for-profit organizations.
The theatre was designed by Chicago architects Marshall & Fox in 1910, and the stone façade and mansard roof of the French Renaissance-style building have been modified only slightly over the years. The interior finish of French walnut and gold were designed by Plamondon & Tetze to give the appearance of a European opera house. The theatre housed a number of Federal Theatre Project productions in the 1930s, and was later well maintained by the Shubert Organization, which acquired it in 1946 and presented touring legitimate theatre and vaudeville acts.