Former titan of multiplexes to be demolished

posted by Michael Zoldessy on January 15, 2007 at 2:45 am

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.”

For more on this story, go to Lake County News-Sun.

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Comments (7)

CinemarkFan
CinemarkFan on January 15, 2007 at 5:37 am

I called it. Becaus it’s a 32 year old building, it’s the most logical at this point.

Bloomingdale Court, another Village Theatres closing, coming soon!

CinemarkFan
CinemarkFan on January 15, 2007 at 5:38 am

I called it. Because it’s a 32 year old building, it was the most logical at this point.

Bloomingdale Court, another Village Theatres closing, coming soon!

Ron Newman
Ron Newman on January 15, 2007 at 6:50 am

King of the multiplex world in 1987? The Assembly Square Cinema in Somerville, MA, had 12 screens in 1983. (By the way, it is closing forever tonight.)

Paul Fortini
Paul Fortini on January 15, 2007 at 10:29 am

Give Cinemark Fan a ceegar!

CatherineDiMartino
CatherineDiMartino on January 15, 2007 at 10:47 am

Hooray for you, Cinemark Fan! When do you thing Bloomingdale Court will be closed?

Which one comes after the Bloomingdale? I pick the Lincoln Village (see my comments on Village Theatres under that listing).

ceasar
ceasar on November 14, 2007 at 12:26 pm

Just how many more cinemas this year has Village Entertainment closed?

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