Comments from Paul Fortini

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Paul Fortini commented about ICE 62nd & Western on Jun 26, 2011 at 1:15 pm

ICE reopened the Lawndale. Will this one reopen too?

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Paul Fortini commented about Cinemas Entertainment 10 on Jun 26, 2011 at 1:13 pm

Per ICE’s website, this theatre has re-opened! http://icetheaters.com/lawndale10.asp

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Paul Fortini commented about Patio Theatre on May 5, 2011 at 10:51 am

Bobby S.

Unfortunately yes the city tax is to blame. It’s pretty high. The Three Penny Cinema closed because the owner was unable to pay the high city/county amusement taxes.

I’m wondering when this place will re-open.

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Paul Fortini commented about Harlem Corners Theaters on Mar 25, 2011 at 11:55 am

That sucks that Harlem Corners is sitting half ripped apart as Robin Roz says. See my comments above about the Morton Grove Theatre. They were closed because the strip mall owner saw $$ by putting in a Shoe Carnival instead. Whereas the MG did great business, reportedly the shoe store’s parking lot sits empty most of the time.

A cinema can also have a residual effect on area businesses. People go out to eat or for a drink before or after a show. When shopping for shoes, not so much. And a shuttered movie theatre brings in no $$ for itself or the surrounding community.

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Paul Fortini commented about Luna Theatre on Mar 3, 2011 at 12:09 pm

So this theatre never made it into the Cineplex-Odeon chain? It’s counterpart up the street, the Will Rogers, was briefly in the C-O chain.

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Paul Fortini commented about West Erie Plaza Cinemas on Mar 3, 2011 at 12:03 pm

Are any movie theaters open in or near Erie?

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Paul Fortini commented about Adams Cinema on Feb 22, 2011 at 11:10 am

I remember seeing “Monty Python’s The Meaning of Life” here. I was at Quincy College (now University) at the time. I believe that’s the only movie I’ve ever seen here.

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Paul Fortini commented about Bremen 4 on Feb 22, 2011 at 10:47 am

Because this theatre was an Essaness, per Bryan’s comment above, was it ever a Cineplex-Odeon?

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Paul Fortini commented about AMC Showplace Village Crossing 18 on Feb 16, 2011 at 1:49 pm

The website should now be www.amctheatres.com

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Paul Fortini commented about AMC Desert Star 15 on Feb 14, 2011 at 1:40 pm

The chain should be changed to AMC. AMC even has its logos on the building.

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Paul Fortini commented about Niles Square Cinema on Feb 11, 2011 at 7:09 am

Floont

I don’t remember any of the titles (and nor had I ever heard of K. Gordon Murray until now) but here’s what the Internet Movie Database www.imdb.com has to say about him:

“Towards the end of his life Murray got in tax trouble with the Internal Revenue Service, which seized all his films and took them out of circulation. Before the case could come to a conclusion, Murray died of a heart attack.

He is buried in Ottawa, Illinois."

So because of that litigation is probably why no one has seen his movies in recent years.

Here is a list of his films. http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0615096/ If you click on a few of them, you’ll notice they’re shown as “lost”. He did other shlock too, including one with Mickey Rooney called “Thunder Country”.

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Paul Fortini commented about Mercury Theater on Feb 11, 2011 at 6:55 am

“Empire Strikes Back” must have been a rerelease as it was made in 1979 or 1980.

I believe the only movie I ever saw here was “Goodbye Girl.”

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Paul Fortini commented about AMC Classic Quincy Mall 3 on Feb 10, 2011 at 11:42 am

This should be updated to AMC Theatres.

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Paul Fortini commented about Hi-Way Theatre on Feb 10, 2011 at 11:31 am

That architecture looks a lot like the Portage on the Northwest Side.

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Paul Fortini commented about Harper Theater on Feb 10, 2011 at 11:09 am

Has anything happened to this theater?

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Paul Fortini commented about Loews 20 North Versailles on Feb 7, 2011 at 11:25 am

www.rossispopup.com

An inglorious fate for what should have been a great cinema.

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Paul Fortini commented about Eastland Mall Theatre on Feb 7, 2011 at 8:14 am

Amazing photos.

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Paul Fortini commented about Showcase Cinemas East on Feb 7, 2011 at 7:58 am

Susan,

I lived in Pittsburgh from 1990-1995. I remember taking my then-girlfriend here, probably to see “Hand That Rocks the Cradle”. Even then, I remember this theatre being kind of “eh”.

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Paul Fortini commented about Edens I & II Theaters on Feb 3, 2011 at 10:17 am

Here is another view View link of Pride Cleaners.

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Paul Fortini commented about Edens I & II Theaters on Feb 3, 2011 at 10:14 am

The Edens reminds me of Pride Cleaners, still in business on the South Side of Chicago View link

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Paul Fortini commented about SouthSide Works Cinema on Jan 20, 2011 at 1:45 pm

Is this cinema independently owned or is it part of a chain?

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Paul Fortini commented about Studio Movie Grill Wheaton on Jan 20, 2011 at 1:33 pm

Has this place been demolished already? The status is shown as “Closed/Demolished” but I haven’t found anything about a demolition.

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Paul Fortini commented about Hinsdale Theater on Jan 20, 2011 at 1:04 pm

If it was converted to retail, then I assume the auditorium was gutted.

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Paul Fortini commented about Hinsdale Theater on Jan 18, 2011 at 2:24 pm

The retail establishment occupying the first floor of this building has closed.

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Paul Fortini commented about Waterworks Cinemas on Jan 13, 2011 at 7:26 am

I was here a couple of years ago when I was visiting friends in Pittsburgh.

I lived and worked in Pittsburgh from the early to mid-1990s and I believe I saw “Speed” here. Was there another multiplex close by?