Classic Cinemas takes over North Riverside
NORTH RIVERSIDE, IL — In what can be only perceived as good news, Classic Cinemas has taken over the North Riverside Theatre in North Riverside Mall from Village Theaters. Classic Cinemas, a chain well-regarded on this site, will re-open the cinema on October 24, 2008 after doing some renovations. The renovations will include a new box office, remodeled rest rooms, and a new concession stand.
The North Riverside was opened in 1990 by Cineplex-Odeon and overshadowed the nearby General Cinemas' Harlem-Cermak Theatre, causing it to close. In 1998, the North Riverside became a Loews' Theatre because of the Loews-Cineplex Merger. When Loews merged with AMC in 2006, the theatre briefly became an AMC Theatre, but soon was taken over by Village Entertainment. AMC was forced to divest some cinemas because of the merger.
Village Entertainment tried to establish itself as a local chain in the Chicagoland Area, but has had a troubled history. At one time or another, Village operated the Biograph, Bloomingdale Court, Burnham Plaza, the Fox Valley, the Glenwood, the Golf Glen, the Hinsdale, the Lakehurst, the Lincoln Village, the North Riverside, the Stratford Square, the Village, and the Village North. Most of these cinemas have since closed.