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GCC Guy: The Booking Manager on the second floor was my Father, Jack Springer. He was originally Division Manager, and then became “Buyer and Booker”. He was succeeded as Division Manager by Bernard Depa, who you probably knew. Vince Tripodi (who as I recall transferred to Ford City from the Studio inddor/Starlight Drive-In on 95th Street) took over as Division Manager after Bernie retired. You may have known the first Manager at Ford City, whose last name was Craig. I believe his first name was John.
This Theater was General Cinema’s first 2-screen theater in the Chicago area. It was GCC’s 3rd area indoor theater, following single screen houses in Mt. Prospect (now gone)and at Randhurst (now a 14 screen AMC Theater). (GCC’s first area theater was the 66 Drive-In in LaGrange). The original theater was on the north side of parking lot on the east side of Cicero. I was at the opening in 1966, and watched many movies there from my Father’s upper floor office (he was GCC’s Division Manager) which had windows and speakers for each auditorium. There were no plaid seats in this or any other GCC theater. At the time, all of GCC’s screens were illuminated with blue lights.