Lincoln Village 1-6 to close
CHICAGO, IL — In a move that perhaps surprises no one, Village Entertainment’s Lincoln Village 1-6 will close soon, possibly as early as this week.
It was the only cinema remaining in West Rogers Park.
The theater is closing, according to Village CEO Ron Rooding because of a lease dispute over the parking lot, which is owned by the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District. Last March, the district prohibited theater patrons from parking in the by installing concrete barricades in the parking lot between the theater building and the Chicago River. The barricades also blocked access to the Lincoln Village Car Wash, which will also close.
“Without parking, I can’t sustain my business,” Rooding said. Theatre patrons were also prohibited from parking in the lot of the adjacent Lincoln Village Shopping Plaza and were instead directed to park their cars in the Home Depot lot across the street.
Rooding said that during the three years that Rooding has owned the movie theater, rent for the theater and car wash almost doubled.
The lot was reappraised in 2006 as a developed property for $8 million. The appraisal was based on an Illinois statute that permits the district to annually adjust rent on properties owned by the district, which are not required for sanitation purposes.
The law also gives leeway to the district to provide a fixed annual rental payment of not less than 6 percent of the fair market value, although the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District Board policy dictates 10 percent of the appraisal value, raising the theater and car wash’s combined rent to $800,000 annually. Rooding said that the district put the car wash and theater, and all the other little businesses out of business.
However, Metropolitan Water Reclamation District President Terry O'Brien said it was the lessee’s responsibility to maintain the parking lot and the theater refused to repair the lot.
Built in 1988-1989 to a standardized design used by Cineplex-Odeon at the time, it featured a brown or tan exterior and zig-zag patterns on the walls. Cineplex-Odeon built several theatres in Chicagoland to this design, yet they were remarkably short-lived. Others included the Burnham and the Bricktown. The theatre was originally intended to supplement rather than replace the original Lincoln Village Theatre.