Moviemax Cinemas

9180 W. Golf Road,
Niles, IL 60714

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aek316
aek316 on January 11, 2008 at 6:23 am

I passed by this theater today and noticed there are no more for lease signs on the building like the last time when I was in the area. I took a look inside and it looks relatively the same inside as when I last saw a movie here circa 2004 aside from the neon signs being stripped from the concession stand, the poster cases removed from the walls and there were a few ceiling tiles on the floor of the lobby. Other then that, the place looked relatively intact. Is it possible someone bought this place again? If so, some remodeling is definitely in order. It’ll be interesting to see if anythin is happening with this Cineplex Odeon remnant. I have to admit in reading some other posts about other former cineplex odeon theaters (like Lincoln Village 1-6 or North RIverside), I have a somewhat curious fascination with the old CO theaters as well. It’d be kind of neat to keep a few of these late 80’s early 90’s timepieces alive. I plan on going to Lincoln Village before it closes (anyone know when it’s scheduled to close?) and may even consider a matinee at North Riverside where I saw many movies in my youth to see how or if they’ve changed any since CO’s demise. I find it fascinating that Cineplex opened multiple theaters in my area (Brickyard, Oak Brook, North Riverside) and they all closed so quickly. Village purchased many of the remaining ones, but they all went under so quickly. Truly a shame, a big piece of my early moviegoing experiences will soon be merely a footnote in the history of Chicago cinema. Anyhow, anyone hear anything about Golf Glen?

kingchaos341
kingchaos341 on July 6, 2007 at 5:43 pm

Again, this theater was trash because of the gangs.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on February 8, 2007 at 1:50 pm

Thanks. I reposted the article on the correct page.

Broan
Broan on February 8, 2007 at 2:59 am

That theatre’s listing is here.

Darrel Wood
Darrel Wood on February 8, 2007 at 2:32 am

What is now Harlem Furniture/The Room Place was once a theatre…I assume it was the Golf-Rose.

Broan
Broan on February 8, 2007 at 1:01 am

Hoffman Estates is a suburb built in that era by a developer. Golf-Rose would be at the intersection of Golf and Roselle Roads.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on February 8, 2007 at 12:08 am

What was Hoffman Estates? A gated community? This article is dated 9/2/65. If the Golf-Rose theater is listed under another name, let me know:

Drawings were released this week for the proposed 1,400-seat movie theater in the Golf-Rose Shopping Center in Hoffman Estates. Lowell Siff, vice president of F&S Construction Co., developer of the center, estimated that the theater should be open within six to nine months. He emphasized that the size of the movie house should assure
the showing of first run movies.

AT PRESENT THE nearest theater either in existence or under construction is a smaller theater in Rolling Meadows. The Golf-Rose theater will be built to the southeast of the Grant store and will face north toward the shopping center parking lot. The theater will be adjoined by 35,000 square feet of new space for new stores toward the east. Siff said that the commercial area is needed because all of the 81,000 square feet in Golf-Rose and the 42,500 square feet in the Plaza is now filled. There have been no commitments yet on the additional 35,000 square feet.

OPERATOR OF the theater will be Duncan Kennedy, described by Siff as a man with long experience in the field. Kennedy will continue to operate a movie house on Route 20 he now runs. Siff said the construction of a theater in a shopping center conforms with a country-wide trend. The parking space gets double use and many persons come to the center to shop who wouldn’t otherwise.

Broan
Broan on January 24, 2007 at 8:27 pm

Nah, the Essaness design was distinctly different. Looked a lot more like your average early mall multiplex sort of lobby. I think it had a straight-across counter, for example. Plus, David Mesbur (note that he was not partnered with Smith until 1992) was based out of Canada, as was CO itself. Mesbur’s bio describes the 1983-1990 arrangement as “exclusive” which I would take to indicate that he was not working with other companies.

CinemarkFan
CinemarkFan on January 24, 2007 at 6:13 pm

To Paul and BW:

In the photo set provided by Billymac, look at this concession photo
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That looks like the same design AMC used back in the 80’s. Now, I wonder if Essaness Theatres used Mesbur & Smith as architects for Chestnut Station and Golf Glen. For those who don’t know, Mesbur & Smith designed theaters for Cineplex Odeon exclusively from 1983-1990. Now maybe they designed a few theatres for Essaness before they entered the partnership with CO. Think about it, my brother saw Predator at Chestnut St back in June 87, and he said it looked like a CO theatre. CO didn’t really start the remodel for it until later that year. Do you think I’m on to something here?

Broan
Broan on January 24, 2007 at 12:44 pm

Yeah, I went there a few times. I didn’t think it was too bad. And it could draw a decent audience depending on the film. Terribly understaffed though, I used to have friends who would walk right in without paying.

Paul Fortini
Paul Fortini on January 24, 2007 at 12:21 pm

This theatre seems to have generated more interest after it closed than when it was open!

Has anybody else besides me and Bryan K. been here during the Village Theatres era?

CinemarkFan
CinemarkFan on January 23, 2007 at 3:17 pm

Talking like like Yoda

Go to Elmhurst, I will.

billymac72
billymac72 on January 23, 2007 at 12:57 pm

Hmmm…that was a really long time ago. I almost vaguely remember that. I’m sure I was aware of it at the time. Do you know what the color scheme was originally? Any chance you could post scans of the Historical Society photos?

Broan
Broan on January 23, 2007 at 12:52 pm

Carpeting, decor, concession stand. Probably the lighting in the theatres. There are pictures at the Theatre Historical Society. This would have been 86-87.

billymac72
billymac72 on January 23, 2007 at 12:49 pm

What did they change exactly? It looks the same to me as it always did.

Broan
Broan on January 23, 2007 at 12:46 pm

It was remodeled fairly extensively when it went from Essaness to C-O, but that was rather early on.

billymac72
billymac72 on January 23, 2007 at 12:41 pm

Along with Town & Country, Golf Glen was one of the first few “multiplex” type theaters to open in the northern Chicago suburbs in the early to mid 1980s. It was located near the popular Golf Mill Theaters and shopping mall. During it’s heyday, it saw a large mix of often-younger patrons from nearby Maine, Glenbrook, Niles, and Morton Grove school districts. It operated until around early 2006 (it had closed for a period several years earlier, only to be reopened under new management). Since it’s opening, a funny thing happened with Golf Glen: it never changed. Not only was the place never modernized/remodeled, the demographics of the area also changed pretty dramitically. Personal memories: I saw many horror films here for some reason, including several of the “Nightmare” films, “The Believers”, “Silence of the Lambs” and a laughably bad Wes Craven film called “Deadly Friend.” I remember seeing “Ferris Bueller” and the “Karate Kid” here as well.

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Paul Fortini
Paul Fortini on January 23, 2007 at 11:08 am

A belated reply to Cinemark Fan’s comment:

You are right in that this place had the “1980s-Cineplex-Odeon-Look” to it. Even though it was originally an Essaness, C-O did renovate it into their look. I went to the Golf-Glen just before it closed to see KING KONG and I thought I’d warped back to the then-recently closed Burnham Plaza (I’d only been to the G-G once before and that was circa 1990 to see THE HUNT FOR RED OCTOBER). And yes, the carpet was the same, the zig-zag things were on the wall.

A poster on the Lincoln Village 1-6 page stated that the remaining
C-Os from the 1983-1990 have “a creepy Cineplex-Odeon vibe” to them.
I beleive that the survivors from that era are now only the Bloomingdale Court, the Lincoln Village, the North Riverside (not sure what that one looks like on the inside—interesting that all three of these are Village Theatres) and possibly the Chicago Ridge. As I’ve said before, I wonder how long these places will remain.

Life's Too Short
Life's Too Short on August 4, 2006 at 1:23 pm

I happened to pass the site last night. It is still sitting there for lease.

Paul Fortini
Paul Fortini on May 30, 2006 at 11:42 pm

The FILM LITERATURE LIBRARY lists the following articles in VARIETY about the Essaness Chain:

1) Ingram, B. Essaness will run 89-screen Carisch Minneapolis circuit. Variety 330 Mar 30 (1988): 7 + [2p].

2) Chicago Essaness chain to buy Theater Operators Inc. of Montana. Variety 331 May 4 (1988): 8.

3) Odeon/Plitt buys 41 Essaness screens in Metro Chicago. Variety 323 May 14 (1986): 3+ [2p].

4) Essaness Theaters acquires 15-screen chain in Wisconsin. Variety 320 Oct 2 (1985): 5 + [2p].

Apparantly, Essaness was active up to and after the C-O/Plitt takeover.

CinemarkFan
CinemarkFan on May 24, 2006 at 2:47 pm

Anybody remember when Lethal Weapon played here for a while? I only have that on microfilm. Come to think of it, Golf Mill down the road played a 70mm engagement of one of my favorite films of that year, Stakeout.

billymac72
billymac72 on May 22, 2006 at 5:22 pm

So long Golf Glen. This was the last remaining movie theater from my youth. Mount Prospect Cinema, Twin Drive In, Golf Mill Theaters, Deerbrook Cinema, Edens Theaters, Palwaukee Theater, Town N' Country and Old Orchard are all a fond memory (okay, some better than others). Strange, but I never would have thought as a youngster that they would all disappear!

I saw Karate Kid here with a friend, so I guess that was around the month it opened. It’s so funny now that for us Glenview/Northbrook-ites who frequented Golf Mill, Golf Glen was originally considered very nice. It must have been the novelty appeal of so many different screens in one theater. I always preferred Old Orchard & Golf Mill over this one though, even then. In fact, I shouldn’t be so nostalgic about it. I think our standards have risen on the whole since the early 80s, and I’ll take the new Crown Glen over this any day of the week. As pointed out in previous posts, the area around here has changed a lot and is more of a crap hole then it’s ever been. No offense to its residents, but Niles is one ugly city.

Anyone remember the Axle Roller Rink? Okay, I may be going too far back now.

gbk98
gbk98 on April 12, 2006 at 4:57 pm

I went to Omega restaurant 3 weeks ago and noticed the closure of Golf Glen, one of its last new showings was King Kong. It was a craphole for the last 15 years and I have no idea how it remained open so long.

It was 1980 when I moved into the area and remember the theater as an A&P which closed later that year (severe bankruptcy – A&P is a facinating story in itself but that has little relevance here). It then became an Army/Navy or Salvation Army store from early 1981 to late 1982 then closed until the creation of the Golf Glen theaters in June 1984 (I first seen the sign from a school bus when I was going on a field trip. I was one of the goofs who liked break dancing and wanted to see Beat Street…the 80’s will never be cloned).

Paul Fortini
Paul Fortini on April 11, 2006 at 4:18 pm

Theatres closed by the Village Entertainment chain and the years Village operated them:

Biograph: 2002-2004
Burnham Plaza: 2002-2005
Fox Valley: 2002-2003
Golf Glen: 2002-2006
Hinsdale: 2002-2003
Water Tower: 2002-2003

Notice that all came from Village’s expansion in 2002. Undercapitalized and over-expanded in such a short time

Paul Fortini
Paul Fortini on February 9, 2006 at 4:09 pm

Brian W,

This article explained to me the whole Plitt/Essaness/Cineplex sequence. I’ve seen the article before and if you look at my comments under the Mercury (Elmwood Park), you’ll see how I charted what happened to all of the cinemas opened by Cineplex-Odeon circa 1985-1989. Very few remain in operation as cinemas today. The champ must be the Bricktown, which operated only between 1989 and 2000.