New 400 Theaters

6746 N. Sheridan Road,
Chicago, IL 60626

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Robin Roz
Robin Roz on November 24, 2008 at 11:45 am

On line reviews are now showing it as Visionary Theatres.

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itzawrap on November 16, 2008 at 4:54 pm

Does anyone know how I can obtain a picture of the 400 Theater to use in a tribute video about my parents for their upcoming 59th anniversary?

They met at the 400 in 1946 and used to go there to see films while dating. They were married in late 1950.

Also needed are some stills of Sullivan High School from that same era.

I must complete the editing by Nov 25th 2008. Contact me at:

Your help is much appreciated.

itzawrap on November 16, 2008 at 4:54 pm

Does anyone know how I can obtain a picture of the 400 Theater to use in a tribute video about my parents for their upcoming 59th anniversary?

They met at the 400 in 1946 and used to go there to see films while dating. They were married in late 1950.

Also needed are some stills of Sullivan High School from that same era.

I must complete the editing by Nov 25th 2008. Contact me at:

Your help is much appreciated.

CatherineDiMartino on October 31, 2008 at 12:16 am

Update, the one in Blountville is now a Nova Cinemas, per Yahoo Movies.

CatherineDiMartino on October 31, 2008 at 12:13 am

The Glenwood is another Village Entertainment cinema that’s up for lease, but apparantly still operating.

Village had some cinemas in the south. The Pemberton was clsoed a few years ago, but apparantly has re-opened. And Nova Cinemas (according to Yahoo Movies) now operates either the one in Blountville or the one in Bristol.

DavidZornig on October 30, 2008 at 10:28 pm

The 400 was another one that in the `80’s had midnight runs of the “Rocky Horror Picture Show”. I heard from a friend that it was pretty much a free for all, where attendees threw their toast and what not with no apparent intervention by management.

I seem to remember they did get a crack at some pretty good 2nd run films at one time. Maybe even first run since the closest theatre still operating in the 90’s was the Adelphi.

The only film I remember seeing at the 400 was some indie action romp, starring John Matusak formerly of Oakland Raiders and “North Dallas Forty” fame. He died not long after the film was released. So maybe 1988 or so.

The Oasis was/is a 4am tavern just across the street on Sheridan. It was pretty much necessary after that.

aek316 on October 30, 2008 at 8:19 pm

If Village isn’t dead, it’s on life support! I read online recently that the city was evicting Village Entertainment from Village North over the summer. Based on Catherine’s above post, it sounds like someone else is already running the theater currently. And of course, we all know that Village was also recently evicted from North Riverside. Classic Cinemas took it over, and did many renovations to it in a month that Village never did in 2 years! As posted on this site, I think a Bollywood chain runs Lincoln Village and Bloomingdale. Isn’t that all the theaters they had left? Lest we forget the website that hasn’t been updated in 3 months…

Truly amazing. Evicted from two different theaters?! Who ever heard of such a thing?! It is truly a shame. I have gotten a real education on the Village chain per this site. Sounds like they bought a lot of great theaters with lots of life left in them and they either killed them or got kicked out of them. It’s a nice story that Classic Cinemas took over and renovated North Riverside. Too bad they couldn’t have saved more of these theaters like Biogrpah and Water Tower, etc. Oh well, guess I’m beating a dead horse here…

CatherineDiMartino on October 23, 2008 at 4:53 am

I called the Village North’s telephone number. According to the recorded message, it is no longer the “Village North”. Instead, it’s now called “Visionary Theatres”.

Methinks Village Entertainment is no more.

CinemarkFan on August 12, 2008 at 10:05 am


I will be in the area on Thursday, so I will probably go & see a movie here. Is it still a decent place?

Life's Too Short
Life's Too Short on June 7, 2008 at 1:28 pm

I don’t know why they feel they need to screw with it. Last time I was there it was a really nice little plaza.

mp775 on June 6, 2008 at 11:04 am

This line is somewhat more distressing:

“Fox said he is satisfied with the property’s current mix of tenants, though ADC does have an eviction order pending against the operator of the theater.”

Broan on June 6, 2008 at 9:10 am

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A somewhat distressing plan to replace terra cotta with reinforced concrete

Cam on April 6, 2008 at 8:50 pm

Sam Burrows managed the 400 Theatre — now called the Village North — through most of the 1980s. At one point, in about 1980 — Burrows no longer remembers exactly when — a very old woman walked up to the box office.

“Excuse me,” she said. “I have a free pass to this theatre. I think it may have expired, but I was wondering if you would still honor it.”

She handed him her pass. It read:

Admit One
When Accompanied With One Adult Paid Admission
Up To And Including April 17, 1925

Needless to say, he let her in.

A scan of the pass can be seen at

aek316 on January 31, 2008 at 12:00 pm

And the clock continues to tick! Village’s website has expired! The site is pending renewal or deletion. The company must be on it’s last legs to have their website expire! I better run out to their theaters while I still can! I’ve never been to Village North or Lincoln Village and haven’t been to North Riverside since Village took it over-

CatherineDiMartino on November 26, 2007 at 12:50 pm

Tick, tick, tick…that’s time running out for Village Theatres!

Adoresixtyfour on November 26, 2007 at 9:01 am

I saw “The Mist” at the Village North this past weekend. the theater was clean enough, but the staff was indifferent (they left me and several other patrons standing on the sidewalk until five minutes before showtime), the bathroom was poorly maintained (how do you run out of paper towels five minutes after opening?) and it wasn’t well heated (a sign in the window said they were having “problems with Peoples Energy”). I would chalk this up as a bad day at a good theater if I hadn’t had a near identical experience at the Lincoln Village a couple of weeks before. That points to poor management. I hope Village North survives—I believe it’s the oldest active movie house in Chicago, and it would be a shame to see it go.

Paul Fortini
Paul Fortini on November 22, 2007 at 1:22 pm

OMG, there’s actually an ad for the Village North in the Sun-Times today!

CatherineDiMartino on November 15, 2007 at 7:21 pm

Well, they finally updated their website. Braaaaaa-vo to Village Entertainment for not letting people know which movies were playing at their theatres for the past 6 weeks!

(Must be those stealth movies I’ve heard so much about)!

CatherineDiMartino on October 19, 2007 at 11:27 am

Village has not updated its website since September 21, 2007. What’s that all about?

Paul Fortini
Paul Fortini on October 18, 2007 at 5:06 am

Cinemark Fan,

You should combine that with a trip to see the Lincoln Village. All you have to do is take the 155 bus west from Sheridan/Devon. Do this while you still can. That is, while these theatres still exist and the bus route still exists.

Speaking of which, how will the proposed horrendous CTA/PACE/Metra cutbacks affect your movie-going? For me it will likely mean no more trips to the LaGrange, the Tivoli, the Lake, the York, etc. Sports-wise, it will likely mean no more trips to the Schaumburg Flyers and far fewer trips to the Chicago Wolves.

CinemarkFan on October 17, 2007 at 10:22 pm

At least they want to keep the movie theater. I’m still planning to get down there to check it out, and go to that pizza place a few blocks away.

Broan on October 6, 2007 at 9:18 pm

Architects were Grossman & Proskauer.

ACEngel on September 14, 2007 at 10:03 pm

Speaking of theatres in Rogers Park, in the late 1950’s there were two I recall being open; One on Morse Avenue, just east of the “L” on the north side of the street. I believe the building is referred to now as Cobler’s and the second is on Devon just east of Clark, now the Clark-Devon Hardware. I live in Miami now and came across this website by accident and found it interesting as I looked at the theatres I went to that, unfortunately, are mostly closed or gone. Of course the grand ladies were the Granada, the Century and the Uptown, with the Adelphi as a special place with the “star” ceiling. Is the Uptown still being considered for opening again? With the neighborhood upgrading, the theatre would be a grand addition back in business.

ACEngel on September 14, 2007 at 9:50 pm

The 400 Theatre has special memories for me. During the early to mid 1960’s an annual Halloween party was held, where a Master of Ceremonies tossed candy to the kids all dressed in costume, a Best Costume award was given, followed by a “scary” movie, such as Frankenstein, The Mummy, Dracula or an Abbott and Costello fright/comedy film. I also worked there (age 14-15) on school weekends and during the summer restocking the Concession stand and general cleanup duties. I would let my friends in through the door behind the screen (on the Columbia street side) and we sneak in during the movie. Of course, the double wide seats were great for dates and I had my first kiss there at age 13. I lived on Columbia just up the street and worked at Frankfort’s Drug Store as a delivery boy and stock boy. Next to the theatre was a club called the Pink Fink, where the cleaners is located now. There was a barber shop on the other side, which later became a head shop. I worked there, too. A great theatre, indeed.