Former titan of multiplexes to be demolished
WAUKEGAN, IL — The former largest theater in America, the Lakehurst Cinema, will be torn down for a hotel. Plans to get rid of it sped up when numerous fire code violations were recently reported.
The Lakehurst Cinema, which was briefly the king of the multiplex world when it featured 12 screens in 1987, has locked the doors as plans move forward to build a Holiday Inn Express on the Waukegan Road site.
“We received a complaint regarding the heat. People told us there was no heat in one of the theaters,” Jurkovac said. “So we went out there right away with the fire department, and it turned out there was more than just no heat.”
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