Village Entertainment vs. Classic Cinemas
Hello Fellow CT Fans:
I’m relatively new to this site. I don’t have the vast knowledge that many of you have. But I have become more and more interested in cinemas and live theatres.
One thing that I’ve always wondered about is the two local mini-chains here in Chicagoland, Village Theatres and Classic Cinemas. Specifically, I’ve always wondered why Classic Cinemas seems to be so successful and Village Theatres is not. Both chains have had a few things in common. They are locally owned. They have taken over cinemas that were cast off by other chains.
Yet if you look at what has happened to Classic Cinemas vis-a-vis Village, the contrast is very stark. Classic Cinemas has sunk a lot of money into its theatres (the Lake, the York, the Tivoli). It is a delight to go to their theatres. Now, granted a few CCs have closed (the Barrington Square, the Casino, the Foxfield). On the other hand, Village seems content to take over cinemas, promise all sorts of things that rarely happen, and run ‘em a few years 'til they close.
Please understand that I’m not out to slam Village Entertainment. I actually go to the Village Art theatre on Chicago’s North Side frequently (it’s cheap, the presentation is okay and the locals seem to go). But I’ve always wondered about the differences in the ways that CC and Village do business.
Your thoughts, fellow CT fans….