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The Dunes Theatre in Zion, IL is a part of this chain (RMC). But there seems to be another RMC chain doing business in Effingham, Jacksonville, and Streator, IL and Waterloo all in Illinois. I was trying to find a website for the Dunes and the Liberty and all I found was a site for the above mentioned cinemas. The RMC website I found, www.rmccinemas.com wasn’t even updated—it said that all information for showtimes, party room rentals, etc., was “coming soon.”
A website shows that the Grayslake Drive-In and the Antioch were both RMC’s too.
Didn’t a short-lived chain called Meridien (or something like that) operate the Biograph for awhile?
So, which theatre will Village close next?
The Village and Village North are likely to remain for awhile. They seem to be popular with the locals. Cinemark Fan says the Bloomingdale Court will be next because a new cinema is going into nearby Stratford Square. I say that this place will then close after the Bloomingdale Court because the Crown in Skokie draws well. The North Riverside could be another contender because of the nearby cinema in Cicero. Besides, anyone who loves movies can go to the nearby Lake. The Glenwood would be a tough one. Is that close to anything else?
Hooray for you, Cinemark Fan! When do you thing Bloomingdale Court will be closed?
Which one comes after the Bloomingdale? I pick the Lincoln Village (see my comments on Village Theatres under that listing).
I am relatively new to the Cinema Treasures site. I’ve been reading comments from LIFE’S TOO SHORT & A PROJECTIONIST & others on Village Entertainment’s policies. Specifically the comments on how Village buys older sites & runs them into the ground, etc. I read Paul Fortini’s (who is a good friend of mine) comments on how that might be their game plan and I agree with him. Seriously, Village could go on a long time by buying/leasing older cinemas cheaply, running them on the cheap for awhile, & then moving on the next time AMC/Loews or some other mega-chain decides to dump an “under-performing” theatre! Village Entertainment is crazy, alright, “crazy-like-a-fox!”
As Paul F. once told me, contrast Village Entertainment to Classic Cinemas. Both have bought older sites (I don’t think CC has had any site built new for them). But CC, for the most part, has invested heavily into the sites that they’ve taken over such as the Tivoli, the Elk Grove, and the Lake.
Per Paul’s comment above, I believe that the sign has been removed now.
I’ve been reading the thread on this theatre (and the Portage—I’m originally from Portage Park) and I find the adventures of Mr. Waurshauer very amusing (because I’ve never had to deal with him). Now, I don’t know the man personally, so I’ll not pass judgement. However, judging from the many things I’ve read about him, he is definitely “persona non grata” among cinema fans.
The ironic thing is, from what I’ve read on this guy (from a Google search I did out of curiosity and from other sources), he HAS had a lot of live theatre experience and has managed to get his plays produced (I.e. “Murder at Meigs Field”). So with this vast experience he’s had, imagine what Mr. Warshauer could do if he used his talents for good and actually completed a project!
See my post on the New Regal because an investor was actually considering using Mr. Warshauer’s GVI to manage the project.