Westfield Hawthorn Mall expansion plan includes movie theater

posted by Michael Zoldessy on August 6, 2012 at 10:40 am

VERNON HILL, IL — A new addition to the Hawthorn Mall has a 12-screen theater as its centerpiece. Local officials are still mulling over the plans and Westfield is not at liberty to mention the potential operator.

Read more in the Daily Herald.

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CinemarkFan on August 6, 2012 at 5:28 pm

“Westfield is not at liberty to mention the potential operator.”

C'mon, you know it’s AMC. One, Kerasotes at one point had planned a 14 screen theater at the mall (which would’ve replaced the Showplace 8 & Rivertree nearby). Nothing came of it, and then they were purchased by AMC.

Two, who the heck else builds a 12 screen theater with just 1600 seats? You tell me 12 screens, and I say 2500 seats, tops. This way you have a large premiere auditorium with 400-500 seats, and the rest in the 150-250 range.

I swear, this whole making auditoriums (premiere auditoriums at that) look just as small as your living room is going to be the death of these chains.

John Fink
John Fink on August 6, 2012 at 6:38 pm

Cinemark does – all be it with large screens, stadium seating, and no masking – a scope movie was shown on a flat screen at their brand new Stroud Mall because as their manager calmed “most movies aren’t made in scope anymore”. (I hope this isn’t what their “NextGen” is all about it, it makes premiere theaters look cheap).

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