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Welcome to Chris's Billiards
Welcome to Chris's Billiards located at 4639 N Milwaukee Ave (between Laramie Ave & Leland Ave) Chicago, IL 60630. Made famous by the 1986 film The Color of Money. Chris’s Billiards has more than 41 full-sized billiard tables that are perfect for those wanting to play a game of pool or practice their craft alone.
Fox Chicago reported on 30 years since Color of Money was filmed.
By: Jake Hamilton Posted:Nov 06 2015 09:04AM CST
CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) - It’s been nearly 30 years since legendary director Martin Scorsese used our area as a blank canvas for his pool hall fable “The Color of Money."
From Fitzgerald's in Berwyn to Navy Pier, Chicagoland was just as much a star in the film as Paul Newman and Tom Cruise were.
But if you’re looking to travel back in time, one shooting location has maintained that magic that Scorsese saw three decades ago: Chris’ Billiards.
For Bruce Perry, who was on set for Scorsese’s sequel to “The Hustler,” there’s no question as to why the director would have chosen Chris' Billiards in Portage Park for a crucial scene in the film.
While the film was originally set to be shot in Canada, most of the tables there were snooker tables, not pool tables. So production manager Dodie Foster, who was from Chicago, was able to bring Scorsese to our city and point him in the right direction.
Using practical locations like Chris' Billiards, rather than building sets, helped Scorsese’s production come in both ahead of schedule and under budget.
But lifelong patron Arthur Dimanno, who also got to be on set during filming, has a unique perspective on his memories because he was also on the New York set of the film’s 1961 predecessor, “The Hustler.”
Chris’ Billiards is littered with memories of the film’s production, but their faded colors stand as a reminder that life goes on. It may not look like much upon first glance, but it’s the home of Hollywood history.