Comments from Paul Fortini

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Paul Fortini commented about AMC Dine-In 600 North Michigan 9 on Aug 28, 2012 at 7:19 pm

I went here recently on a Friday afternoon to see “Moonrise Kingdom”. It was almost a private screening as my wife and I were the only ones in the theatre.

Maybe it was the wrong movie for the 600 North. AMC usually shows fare like this at the nearby River East and they usually show the blockbusters ar the 600 North.

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Paul Fortini commented about Esquire Theatre on Jun 22, 2012 at 7:53 am

Here is another view of the Esquire http://www.flickr.com/photos/mbernero/6913045218/in/pool-1609870@N23

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Paul Fortini commented about Hollywood Palms Cinema on Jun 20, 2012 at 6:25 am

If it opened in 1992, did it have the famous Cineplex-Odeon designs, such as the zig-zags?

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Paul Fortini commented about Bricktown Square Cinema on Jun 9, 2012 at 7:39 am

CSWalczak,

I was hoping to find photos of it as a cinema. I don’t think Cinema Tour is correct. A gym went in there, not a Sportmart. Although that arch on the Sportmart makes it look like a 1990s Loews design.

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Paul Fortini commented about Bricktown Square Cinema on Jun 7, 2012 at 3:24 pm

Does anybody have any photos of this place?

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Paul Fortini commented about River Oaks Theatre on Jun 7, 2012 at 3:15 pm

Is this building still standing?

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Paul Fortini commented about River Oaks Theater 4 on Jun 7, 2012 at 3:10 pm

Has this building been demolished?

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Paul Fortini commented about River Oaks 6 on Jun 7, 2012 at 3:06 pm

I wonder if it kept its C-O decor up until the end, including under independent management.

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Paul Fortini commented about Portage Theatre on Jun 7, 2012 at 2:58 pm

“There MUST be separation between church and cinema!!!”

Absolutely Tim. Another storefront church will NOT benefit Chicago.

Nor will it benefit the redevelopment of the Six Corners area. I was hoping that with the revival of the Portage Theatre, some new restauarants would open. There’s still no good place to eat around this theatre and the presence of a church would hinder restaurants from opening. You can’t get a liquor license within a certain distance of a church in Chicago.

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Paul Fortini commented about Dunes Plaza Cinema 1-6 on Jun 7, 2012 at 2:53 pm

Not surprised this theatre is closed. The strip mall it’s in is nearly moribund and the Marquette Mall across the street ain’t doin' much better either.

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Paul Fortini commented about Marquette Theaters I-II-III on Jun 7, 2012 at 2:52 pm

This theater is tucked into the back lot of the Marquette Mall. Structurally it appears to be in good shape, but I’m not surprised it closed.

Marquette Mall itself isn’t doing well except for maybe the Carson’s, Sears, & Penney’s stores and Applebees. The Dunes Theater is across the street in another dead strip mall.

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Paul Fortini commented about Lincoln Village 1-6 on May 13, 2012 at 10:07 pm

David,

Wow, those movies were out about 4 years ago!

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Paul Fortini commented about Lincoln Village 1-6 on Apr 8, 2012 at 7:47 pm

Anything happening with this theatre building? I haven’t been on Cinema Treasres for awhile and it’s been years since I’ve been in the LV’s area.

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Paul Fortini commented about Rialto Theatre on Apr 8, 2012 at 7:43 pm

“The only photo I have is of the rear of the theatre by the Fox River and shows a Chicago Aurora & Elgin train and a neat Meister Brau beer ad on the back of the building.”

Riis Park—I’ve seen photos of that Meister Brau ad too, even though the CA&E expired years before I was born. I have a video on the CA&E which has some views of downtown Elgin, including the Rialto. The video was shot during the CA&E’s last days in 1957, so I’m wondering if the Rialto lasted that long.

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Paul Fortini commented about Pickwick Theatre on Jan 29, 2012 at 8:22 am

I went here last night with my wife to see “The Descendants” in the main theater.

While it is a treasure, the place needs some work. Some of the tiles on the stairway leading to the men’s room are loose. I’d like to see the old water fountains restored too. And the men’s room needs some work.

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Paul Fortini commented about Biograph Theater on Jan 1, 2012 at 10:09 am

My wife and I went here last night to see the radio version of “It’s a Wonderful Life”. By “radio version”, I mean the actors acted it out like they were doing an old-time live radio broadcast.

I hadn’t been here since its movie theater days. Everything has changed so much. “It’s a Wonderful Life” was performed in the smaller theater upstairs (was this the old balcony for the cinema?). When the main theatre downstairs is not in use, as was the case last night, it’s completely closed off from the lobby and there’s little evidence of it being a theatre.

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Paul Fortini commented about LaGrange Theatre on Dec 14, 2011 at 12:46 pm

Still a great place to see a show. Good selection of 2nd run films, great people working here, and the recent renovations have made it a comfortable place to see a show.

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Paul Fortini commented about Logan Theatre on Dec 14, 2011 at 12:41 pm

So is the Logan going to be a single screener, or will it be renovated with four screens, ala the LaGrange?

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Paul Fortini commented about Diana Cinemas on Oct 13, 2011 at 1:24 pm

Didn’t Paul Anka do a song about this theatre? Just joking and Paul Anka was a little bit before my time.

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Paul Fortini commented about Glenwood Theater on Oct 13, 2011 at 1:16 pm

I just had a look at the photos of the Glenwood on the Mekong site. Wow! What an almost late 1950s-1960s vibe this theatre had! It reminds me a LOT of the old Golf Mill. Same archeitects?

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Paul Fortini commented about Glenwood Theater on Oct 13, 2011 at 1:13 pm

Has it been torn down yet?

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Paul Fortini commented about Cinema 8 Lansing on Oct 13, 2011 at 1:09 pm

Does Jenco still operate this theatre?

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Paul Fortini commented about Mars Theatre on Oct 13, 2011 at 1:06 pm

rso1000

I was wondering which Logan theatre that October photo referred to. Then I realized that the old Logan Square ‘L’ terminated to the southeast of the present, surviving Logan Theatre.

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Paul Fortini commented about Patio Theatre on Oct 5, 2011 at 8:23 am

I’m sad to report that Alex Kouvalis has passed away http://www.suntimes.com/news/obituaries/8021778-418/alexander-kouvalis-remembered-as-savior-of-patio-theater.html

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Paul Fortini commented about Roosevelt Theater on Aug 28, 2011 at 8:27 am

The description of the Roosevelt might be changed to say that after the theatre was demolished, some single-story, temporary looking, retail structures were built in its place. These buildings lasted less than ten years.

Here are some views of the buildings that initially replaced the Roosevelt.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/uicdigital/5429417521/in/photostream/

http://www.flickr.com/photos/uicdigital/5430032264/in/photostream/