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Paul Fortini commented about Esquire Theatre on Sep 14, 2006 at 11:02 am

Afrotek,

Don’t forget the Berghoff. No, not the “faux Berghoff” which now exists on Adams Street—the real one which served Wiener Schnitzel, German Pot Roast, etc.

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Paul Fortini commented about Nortown Theater on Sep 14, 2006 at 10:59 am

What I heard today on National Public Radio (WBEZ-FM) is that this place is definitely being torn down. In as much as I love all types of movie theatres, I must be realistic and realize that not all places can be saved. From looking at the above posts and links to photos, this place appeared to in very bad shape. I read the above link to the Sun-Times article and in defense of the owner, Mr. Patel, it sounds like he had good intentions.

I’m actually more upset about the potential loss of the Esquire Theatre. I know that its interior was gutted however a number of the Art Deco touches in that theatre have been retained. As has the marquee and facade, the loss of which would leave a gaping hole on Oak Street. The Esquire could be fixed up again, albeit not returned to a single-screen, and with proper programming it could be profitable again.

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Paul Fortini commented about Geneva 4 Theatre on Sep 9, 2006 at 10:33 am

This theatre is owned by Nova Cinemas as is the nearby Showboat of Lyons (odd name as that place is also in Lake Geneva), They have a nice deal here on Tuesdays. Per Nova’s website: “FREE POPCORN DAY!!!!!!TUESDAYS!!!!!! BRING IN YOUR OWN BAG OR BOWL. 3 Free scoops.”

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Paul Fortini commented about Picture Show at Bloomingdale Court on Sep 9, 2006 at 12:28 am

That should have been a question. “What will be the fate of this theatre if a new multi-plex opens up at Stratford Square?”

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Paul Fortini commented about Picture Show at Bloomingdale Court on Sep 9, 2006 at 12:26 am

This theatre should actually be called “Bloomingdale Court.”

Can anybody tell me what this theatre looks like?

What will be the fate of this theatre if a new multi-plex opens up at Stratford Square.

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Paul Fortini commented about Webster Place Theaters on Sep 1, 2006 at 2:22 pm

This theatre should be updated. It is now a Kerasotes Theatre.

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Paul Fortini commented about Small theater chain owners find niches on Aug 30, 2006 at 7:43 pm

Don’t forget Classic Cinemas in the Chicagoland Area. I was going to add Village Theatres too, but someone from Classic, Drexel, or Phoenix really needs to call them up and tell them how to be successful.

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Paul Fortini commented about Wilcox Theatres Pemberton Square on Aug 29, 2006 at 11:24 am

The chain should be listed as “Village Theatres.” This is the same “Village Theatres” that operates cinemas in the Chicagoland Area.

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Paul Fortini commented about New 400 Theaters on Aug 28, 2006 at 4:34 pm

LTS,

It has been awhile since I was at the Village North. It was okay. The floors were clean, as were the rest rooms. The Village North gets significant walk-in trade from the community.

Once when I was there, circa 1997-1998, there was a petition being circulated protesting the proposed multi-plex. So, perhaps indirectly, Village Theatres won on that one.

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Paul Fortini commented about Norshore Theatre on Aug 28, 2006 at 4:29 pm

LTS,

It has been awhile since I was at the Village North. It was okay. The floors were clean, as were the rest rooms. The Village North gets significant walk-in trade from the community.

Once when I was there, circa 1997-1998, there was a petition being circulated protesting the proposed multi-plex. So, perhaps indirectly, Village Theatres won on that one.

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Paul Fortini commented about Village Art Theatre on Aug 28, 2006 at 11:17 am

Correction, that should be spelled “Belvidere.”

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Paul Fortini commented about Village Art Theatre on Aug 27, 2006 at 9:48 pm

My girlfriend and I went here on 8-26-2006. I hadn’t been here in several years. It is true that most of the decor was lost when the theatre was “quadded.” Looking from the concession stand, one can easily guess the layout of the original single screen auditorium. Auditorium #1 is to the left and appears to be the largest. #s 2 and 3 are down a long hallway, presumably where the rear of the original theatre was. They are quite small. #4 is to the right. I couldn’t see in because another movie was playing.

As for my experience here. Well, the best thing that can be said is that the floors and restrooms were clean. The seats appear newer. If you go to www.cinematour.com and check out the Belvedere Theatre (now closed) in Waukegan, the seats in the photos appear similar and they may actually be those same seats! The concessions were okay and the staff was friendly enough. It was, however, very stuffy in #3. All-in-all, the Village isn’t a bad place to see a movie, but it really isn’t on my “must attend” list either.

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Paul Fortini commented about Lincoln Village 1-6 on Aug 24, 2006 at 9:25 pm

It would be a shame to lose this one. It isn’t very old (what is it with these “less-than-20-year-old” former Cineplex-Odeons?). The Lincoln-Village Shopping Center has seen somewhat of a revival in recent years, so a cinema should do okay there.

The nearest theatre is the Village North (trying to get a parking space near it is impossible). Others are the Davis in Chicago, and the Crown in Skokie.

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Paul Fortini commented about North Riverside Mall Theatre on Aug 22, 2006 at 10:53 am

Per Village’s website, and the ads in the Sun-Times, it’s open.

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Paul Fortini commented about Varsity Theater on Aug 21, 2006 at 3:41 pm

I believe that in the 1980s (towards the end), the Varsity was doing revivals and classic films a la the Parkway in Chicago.

If that’s true, then it may have been the VCR and not the multi-plex that did in the Varsity and the Parkway.

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Paul Fortini commented about Varsity Theater on Aug 16, 2006 at 12:00 pm

The marquee on the Varsity Theatre in Chapel Hill, NC (which is still a movie theatre) looks very similar to the one which once adorned this place. Could the two theatres (or at least the marquees) have been designed by the same person?

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Paul Fortini commented about Varsity Theatre on Aug 16, 2006 at 11:55 am

The marquee for this theatre looks very much like the one that was on the old Varsity Theatre in Evanston, IL. Could the two theatres (or at least the marquees) have been designed by the same person?

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Paul Fortini commented about Roosevelt Theater on Aug 3, 2006 at 7:12 pm

The Block 37 straddles the Blue Line and Red Line subways. It is also close to the Loop L structure and the Metra Electric and the South Shore Line. So, yes, a transit facility is going in as it would make sense to have it there.

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Paul Fortini commented about Bricktown Square Cinema on Aug 3, 2006 at 7:09 pm

Life’s Too Short:

In reading several histories of the Brickyard Mall, many in the neighborhood did not want it in the first place. Initially the mall did a renumerative business however as the years went on it began to be more of a hangout. As I said above, the mall lost its three anchors (Wards, Penneys, and Kmart) within a matter of months of one another.

The “Lifestyle Center” of big box stores that replaced the mall appears to be doing well. The “Lifestyle Centers” tend not to be hangouts because people go there to shop and then leave.

The Bricktown wasn’t really located in the Brickyard. It was located in a shopping center—a strip mall—located adajacent to the mall.

The Bricktown wasn’t exactly

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Paul Fortini commented about Bricktown Square Cinema on Aug 3, 2006 at 3:42 pm

Cinemark Fan,

As I recall, the theatre was a single story one. There were about 2 or 3 free-standing pay booths as you entered. The auditoriums I beleive, were to the right on the south side of the building. I believe that the gym occupies the same structure tho I’m not 100% sure of this.

You seem to have the same affinity for these 1980s ‘plexes that I do. When you did your papers for school, did you include Cineplex-Odeon and its rapid downfall? I read a link to an article when C-O first entered the Chicagoland Area and the great optimisim the company had. I often wonder what went wrong. Of the 17 or so cinemas opened by C-O between 1987-1989, most have closed and some have even been demolished.

One more note on the Bricktown. By 1993 the theatre had already become rundown and scuzzy.

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Paul Fortini commented about Bricktown Square Cinema on Aug 2, 2006 at 7:37 pm

To some extent, the Bricktown was intended to be the replacement for the Will Rogers and the Mercury (and to a lesser extent the Montclare, but that theatre was never owned by C-O/Plitt). As other people have said, the Bricktown was nice when it opened up, but quickly fell into decline. It lasted only 11 years.

I must admit that I have a peculiar interest in these 1980s multiplexes opened by Cineplex-Odeon. They were once considered modern, but quickly became obsolete and now only a few remain.

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Paul Fortini commented about Will Rogers Theater on Aug 2, 2006 at 7:34 pm

When exactly did the Will Rogers close? I recall that in the ‘70s and early '80s, it was operated by Plitt. Did the Will Rogers make into the Cineplex-Odeon chain?

Per the comment by Riis Park above, it was Cineplex-Odeon which opened up the Bricktown Theatre. To some extent, the Bricktown was intended to be the replacement for the Will Rogers and the Mercury (and to a lesser extent the Montclare, but that theatre was never owned by C-O/Plitt). As other people have said, the Bricktown was nice when it opened up, but quickly fell into decline. It lasted only 11 years.

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Paul Fortini commented about Tivoli Theatre on Aug 2, 2006 at 4:21 pm

Here is a photo:

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Paul Fortini commented about AMC South Barrington 30 on Jul 31, 2006 at 1:55 pm

Apparantly they are showing Bollywood films here too!

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Paul Fortini commented about Esquire Theatre on Jul 20, 2006 at 11:09 am

In reading the posts on this theatre, and other places, you’ll discover that rumors had been circulating for a long time. These rumors had been going on since before AMC took over. Under Loew’s, it had been somewhat of an “art house” in recent years, showing such fare as MARCH OF THE PENGUINS, MRS. HENDERSON PRESENTS, GOOD NIGHT & GOOD LUCK, etc. AMC however, has begun a program called AMC SELECT, which shows films such as these in its regular theatres (not necessarily a bad idea). With the implementation of AMC SELECT, though, the Esquire has lost whatever edge it did have.

It would be nice if the landmark marquee and facade could be kept. I’m not holding my breath though! I’d better get up there, take a few photos, and see some films there. I still beleive that with some fixing up, the Esquire could remain viable.