New 400 Theaters

6746 N. Sheridan Road,
Chicago, IL 60626

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Broan on November 28, 2008 at 6:56 am

Yeah, I’m not sure it’s time yet to change the name, since Visionary Theatres is obviously a corporate name.

Life's Too Short
Life's Too Short on November 28, 2008 at 5:31 am

I drove by this building last night by chance. It still looks exactly the same. There were not any “Visionary Theatres” signs, etc.

CinemarkFan on November 27, 2008 at 12:32 pm

Paul and BW, how are you guys willing to bet that in the next few months, improvments will start being made?

I finally went here in August to see the latest “Mummy” flick, and I was impressed with the place. For an old building with management who runs good theaters (Water Tower, Burnham Plaza, Stratford Square) in the ground, it was in decent condition. What I hope Visionary will do is install new carpeting, improve bathrooms, new decor, because the current state makes it look like a seedy nightclub. This is really evident in the hallway leading to auditoriums 3-4. Of course new seats and lighting in the auditoriums themselves would be swell. The current condition is a lot better than what some user reviews at make them out to be. But then I was at an afternoon showing. All and all, I will return soon, and combine it with another trip to Carmen’s Pizza (great stuff) a few blocks away.

I can’t remember the exact seating count, but #1 seats 140. 2 seats 100, 3 and 4 both seat about 120.

Everyone give props to Paul, who predicted that Village Theatres would be gone by 2008. With my theater corporation yet to get off the ground, this was a lesson in how NOT to run a business. It is truly sad how some once good or great theaters have died early deaths under Village’s reign. Had someone with a plan entered the business, Burnham Plaza and the Village in old town would’ve been around longer. Same can be said for Stratford Square, which could’ve survived in it’s original carnation. I would’ve added 2-4 screens to it, then remodel the nearby Bloomingdale Court. Yeah I know the new Century/Cinemark is the thing, but I still love those early 80s mall theaters with big screens and simple decor. And SS opened in March of 1981.

Anyway, rant over. But looking at some of their theaters, Water Tower’s days were numbered long ago. They really went under when ICE management took over, then couldn’t pay taxes. And I don’t know how long Lincoln Village has. The current mix of Bollywood and first run movies aren’t bringing in LOTS of people needed to stay strong. And it needs improvments badly. And on another note, Phoenix Theaters is reopening Golf Glen soon. And me, I’m going after River Oaks (keep fingers crossed everyone!). I have a name for my potential corporation too, but I want to suprise everyone.

Rant really over. And happy thanksgiving everyone!

Broan on November 27, 2008 at 9:33 am

According to the Illinois Secretary of State, Visionary Theatres Incorporated began operations on 9/24/2008. The agent is listed as Dawn Russo of Bolingbrook.

Village Entertainment, meanwhile, was involuntarily dissolved on 9/12/08.

Paul Fortini
Paul Fortini on November 27, 2008 at 5:55 am

I wonder who owns it and operates it. Is it independent?

DavidZornig on November 26, 2008 at 6:23 pm

And they have first run films!
What a comeback.
Cheers to them!

Paul Fortini
Paul Fortini on November 26, 2008 at 5:56 pm


I think it is official. The Fandango website is now showing it as “Visionary Theatres” View link

So the name of this theatre should be “Visionary Theatres”.

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)!