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GFeret commented about Lawndale Theatre on May 20, 2009 at 1:51 pm

A Feb. post above claims LAWNDALE/RENO renovation stalled, and having driven past there last week yes—unfortunately no (outwardly) visible progress at all.

GFeret commented about Wicker Park Theater on May 1, 2009 at 1:38 pm

You’re on the wrong side of the street David Z., cross Milwaukee Ave to the East side. You can tell automatically by the odd-numbered address that’s the right side for the Wicker Park Theatre, the Double Door being on the even-numbered west side of Milwaukee.

GFeret commented about Laugh Factory on May 1, 2009 at 1:04 pm

Movies! return to the LakeShore, move over live theatre venue.

I just noticed Monsters Vs. Aliens (which I already saw) advertised playing here now, matinee & evening showtimes. I wonder what their pricing policy is, to take over the shuttered 3-Penny?

The last title I remember seeing here was Dead Zone w/ C. Walken, to give you an idea.

GFeret commented about Moviemax Cinemas on Mar 30, 2009 at 11:21 am

GolfGlen re-opening as a BIG CINEMAS Theatre, or so the recent sign change there says.

GFeret commented about Niles Square Cinema on Feb 16, 2009 at 6:34 am

DavidZ: from my recollections I’d agree with your above post about OMNI. Not very long after OMNI gave it up their main competition the nearly identical CUB FOODS also entered the local history books. I sort of regard both of them as the direction generic foods, which started back in the ‘70s, took. Now we have a local chain called FOOD-FOR-LESS, the comtemporary manifestation of the old Kroger Foods stores, that’s much in the same vein as OMNI/CUB.

Getting back on movie theater topic before I say bye for now, there must be others out there who feel strongly as do I, the area of the old LAWRENCEWOOD Theatre needs and is a ripe market for positioning a new multiplex.

GFeret commented about Round Up Theater on Feb 4, 2009 at 12:50 pm

BWChicago: as you can see on the flyer that old photo’s printed side-by-side with the Glenview one dated 2009, and as such even if the intent is to express ABT’s age by printing 1936 over the old picture, you’ll agree most people will presume the vintage date/photo represent eachother actually.

GFeret commented about Round Up Theater on Feb 4, 2009 at 7:37 am

Excuse me for appending my own entry above:

ABT claims this old photo dates to 1936 (?). Does that make sense given the film actually playing the ROUND-UP? And storefront advertising in the window of the old ABT store says “January Trade-In RoundUp”, a tie-in with their nextdoor neighbor also visible in the photo.

GFeret commented about Round Up Theater on Feb 4, 2009 at 7:04 am

Referencing the preceeding ROUND-UP / DALE entry by Mr. R. Smolen:

Right now no need for me nor anyone else in this area (ABT has quite a huge database of old customers) to drive out to Glenview to see this theatre photo, because it appears re-printed right on the face of a mass-mailed flyer advertising ABT’s 73 yr. customer appreciation day sale this weekend (sorry for the unavoidable plug). And it’s clear enough to make-out now-playing film THE FAR FRONTIER (Roy Rogers 1949 – imdb) dating the image for us and in keeping with the new Westerns policy stated in the data at CT page top. Other ABT customers around here remember their 2 other store locations both in Morton Grove (the earlier of the 2 right across the street from the old Morton Grove multiplex on Dempster Ave), previous to Glenview. No endorsement intended whatsoever.

GFeret commented about New Rex Theater on Dec 19, 2008 at 9:39 am

Didn’t think someone’d pounce on this very minor entry so fast!

I agree about the auditorium. From the Grand Ave front, the facade has yellow-brick funeral home all over it.

GFeret commented about New Rex Theater on Dec 19, 2008 at 9:15 am

I so wish this theatre hadn’t closed when it apparently did, as it’s just a stone’s throw from where my family once lived, Dad referring to it I remember as the (former) REX.

When I see the place now – the church youth center appears closed – my distinct impression is only the rear half (against Division St) is part of original theatre left. The front half on Grand doesn’t blend at all, and later reconstruction I suspect stems from use as a funeral home in the ‘50s-'60s. I’d be interested what others may say.

GFeret commented about Tiffin Theatre on Dec 9, 2008 at 2:07 pm

Liz K; you’re on the money with every point in your post! The fire at WoolWorths really goes back but I can picture it still too. Pioneer Bank had their Safety Deposit boxes down a stairway to basement. Behind them was THE neighborhood record store which let you audition L.P.s before you purchased, and the CPL which I frequented for school projects (I attended Cameron/ Maternity BVM/ Lowell)was across Pulaski from them. The Ferndells lot has been rebuilt in what (now) appears to be a bank annex/drive-thru. Pioneer Bowl on Pulaski had a Red Pin deal, there if the #1 pin was Red and you got a strike your game was free; a couple blocks west on North Ave another bowling alley Lyons Bowl (in basement IIRC). Matthews Roofing was on corner Ridgeway where I once lived, and directly across Ridgeway from them was a dairy I brought empty milk bottles to (up until ‘59?). Dave Clark 5 made a personal appearance at TIFFIN Theatre for their film “Having A Wild Weekend”. Longtime North/Pulaski favorite GUY’S Pizza, who’d had 2 of their delivery drivers shot dead in the '80s, still exists in some fashion but now a couple doors west of where the TIFFIN once stood. Yes I can picture WISHNICK’S Pharmacy now there at SW Keystone corner – they had a row of 4 old-timey dark wooden phone-booths back of store. A neighborhood fable of questionable taste had it the reason Jimmy’s Hot Dogs french fries were irresistable stemmed from a high-school kid working there in the '50s, who had the termerity to complain about being shorted on his paycheck, and was never heard from again (destination = fry greasepit)!

GFeret commented about Tiffin Theatre on Dec 8, 2008 at 1:11 pm

Kathy L.: your above comments are very helpful in my placing things better, i.e., that soda fountain place nextdoor to Grand Theatre with popcorn overflowing w/ butter topping. The pharmacy at St.Louis & North was RexAll and on the SW corner IIRC, on SE corner was a little apparel/dept store. No? Plus the ABC Popcorn company a few doors west of there.

P.S.: trivia – St.Louis St. a decade or two earlier had a different name – Ballou St.

GFeret commented about Chicago Theatre on Nov 5, 2008 at 7:47 am

and in a week or so BRIAN WILSON w/ back-up band The Wondermints

GFeret commented about Woods Theatre on Oct 31, 2008 at 11:25 am

The very first flick I saw there was the Beatles HELP! Even remember just what part of the film I walked-in on (w/ my friend Johnny C.) – when they were setting-up the play the song You’re Gonna Lose That Girl in the mock studio,

In 1982 at the WOODS I saw a typical exploitation triple-feature there: 10 COMMANDMENTS OF KUNG-FU, GARDEN OF THE DEAD, & GRAVE OF THE VAMPIRE. Certainly the very last of the paid-admission triple-features for me (or perhaps anyone).

I wish someone could quote those 10 K-F commandments for me. They were printed on a little card that was handed-out in the theatre lobby then, and as I barely recall were hilarious.

GFeret commented about AMC Showplace Galewood 14 on Oct 1, 2008 at 12:40 pm

P.S.: to the posting above mine about the stolen TREK bike, I say go now to the Craigslist Chicago website and you’ll actually find there someone wanting to return a stolen TREK HYBRID (search this, posted 9/28) bike to its rightful owner (in case this be yours) for $1.

GFeret commented about Oak Theatre on Sep 30, 2008 at 11:06 am

No, not a bank (at the former OAK Theatre site),

but a DRIVE-THRU (for a bank)!

Talk about your ignoble afterlife.

GFeret commented about AMC Showplace Galewood 14 on Sep 30, 2008 at 10:35 am

I’m not sure the above post’s complaining the Galewood bike-rac’s too easily seen or too concealed. IMHO it is in plain view and that to me is the preferred way. But….

Nevertheless I too was a victim. My bike didn’t get stolen (cable locked)—my bike HELMET (not cable locked) disappeared there! It was in my bike basket while I was watching TROPIC OF THUNDER L-D weekend afternoon. Now who’d wanna steal somebody’s scuzzy used helmet anyway?

That there’s a bike carcass still there at the rac isn’t remarkable, it just means that was one lock the thieves couldn’t cut (and bikes can be just abandoned). You see bike carcasses at so many bike racs over town, the city eventually puts a warning sticker on it so owner can claim before they come and send the thing to its 2-wheeled grave.

Still a fan though, and the theatre appears to be doing better-and-better business.

GFeret commented about Jeff Theater on Sep 18, 2008 at 1:00 pm

I went by this place a few days ago and it looks as if it’s going, as in being demolished, and taking a few adjacent addresses with it. No doubt future Milwaukee Ave redevelopment.

I maintain no great loss. Because, I was never in full agreement that particular bldg still had any part of the old JEFF Theatre still intact. Really, I scrutinized up close front and rear (not inside I admit), and believe it’s entirely post-JEFF construction. Or at least it was. Sorry.

GFeret commented about Piper's Alley Theatre on Sep 12, 2008 at 7:55 am

What a terrible spectre to raise in the previous post.

I have no problem at all w/ AMC ownership. They’re good to me.

What need for remodeling? Tell me. Everything looks and works fine

I just saw there RIPPLE EFFECT (still showing). Talk about an obscure title, but a very good character piece. It could’ve gone on longer for further development and denouement.

GFeret commented about Chopin Theatre on Aug 8, 2008 at 1:15 pm

(….at the risk of sounding like I’m plugging this show….)

TONY CLIFTON live (after a fashion) now at the CHOPIN!

What makes this particularly interesting is who T.C. really is – Mr. Bob Zmuda, who some may be aware hails from the Humboldt Park neighborhood here originally himself.

So I can’t help but wonder if Bob is getting a special kick out of playing the CHOPIN of all places, where he probably saw flicks at (when it was last a cinema in the ‘50s) when he was a kid (I believe he’s old enough).

And I’ll close by stating I think his Clifton shtick is am absolute scream and I’ll be seeing it. Even if this is interpreted as a plug no-one should mind greatly because all the ticket proceeds go to the charity COMIC RELIEF, which Bob runs.

GFeret commented about Uptown Theater sold to Jam Productions on Jul 30, 2008 at 11:47 am

It seems to me JAM went for the UPTOWN lock, stock, & barrel because:

a) they already had a stake in it, this was an easy next move;
b) having it effectively blocks competition; why not? Monopoly time;
c) @ $3.2 mil. I judge it a steal for the type of property it is.
This is after all the time of a buyers market.

I say things like this because since JAM already has the RIVIERA plus books other places nearby, I ask do they really need the UPTOWN for more shows? No, somehow I don’t think so.

The issue of restoration they’re supposed to do on it I maintain is a distant secondary matter. It’ll happen but only how and when they feel like it. “Why rush?”

Yeah, cynical mood. But I like to breathe more often than not, so I ain’t gonna hold my breath now that UPTOWN ownership is clearly resolved for a magical new lease on life to occur that’ll please people like us on

GFeret commented about Uptown Theater to be auctioned on Jul 28, 2008 at 6:15 am

WHAT??!! You’re giving only 3 days to come up with the money? Help!!

I went by UPTOWN coupla days ago. Some terra-cotta near the top is tarpaulined over I noted , I presume to protect against injury from falling.

GFeret commented about Remembering "Die Hard" on Jul 15, 2008 at 11:04 am

Ahh…Alan Rickman—SNAPE from Harry Potter, the Spock-derived character in GALAXY QUEST, and recently in SWEENEY TODD. What I remember most about the 1st DH is Bruce W. still having a measure of hair topside. The last, DH #4 wasn’t much good, with a terrible ending.

GFeret commented about State-Lake Theater on May 23, 2008 at 2:16 pm

Saw many films over the years myself at STATE-LAKE, earliest I can remember being BON VOYAGE (a real yawner from Disney I think), maybe ending w/ J.Carpenter’s THE THING. Always top-notch projection—you couldn’t go wrong.

Perusing the above posts I can’t seem to find mention of one thing though (is it true?). That, entrance to the S-L projection booth was gained through a penny.

A friend of mine who worked there (early ‘70s) described a inconspicuous bit of wall ornamentation in the theatre lobby, where if one dropped in a regular U.S. cent, contact was made and a concealed doorway slid open! That led up a stairwell to the booth(s).

Can anyone confirm/refute this? Sounds neat.

GFeret commented about Where to see Indiana Jones? on May 22, 2008 at 2:15 pm

Well, for someone to extemporaneously recall a trivial calendar date (+ co-feature) 27 yrs later, and be but 1 wk off (assuming M. Coates' dilligent research is accurate), can still be considered remarkably good (if I do say so). And I did say ‘probably’ in my post, anyway. So there.

Something else just come to mind about the first INDY then: there was an almost apologetic tone in the various printed press releases, that Spielberg had ‘learned his lesson’ so to speak from having wasted so much money on the unpopular “1941,” and therefore ROTLA was filmed while not on the cheap but without the benefit of a lot of expensive camera set-ups, etc. Afterwards came ET and Steven was solidly back in the publics' good graces.