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The building has been vacant for at least the past year since the hardware store (True Value) closed.
My family and I went to see “Back to the Future II” at the Bricktown Theater the same year it opened up, and I saw a couple others there through the next two or three years. After 1993 or so, the clientele visiting the theater, as mentioned, really took a downward turn and I wasn’t even allowed to go to the mall next door (I was in high school at the time). It was the only movie theater that was really close to our house, the Norridge Theaters being the second closest.
The Pickwick is one of my favorite places to see a movie. I’ve been there at least twice a year since the early 90s to watch films. It was great seeing the re-release of “A Hard Day’s Night” on the big screen in the main auditorium a few years ago!
I attended a children’s theater program with my students at the Gateway this past December and got a look at this beautiful theater! It’s sad to think that kids don’t get to see movies or plays in architecturally-gorgeous movie houses like that anymore; all my preschoolers were in awe at the decoration inside the theater as we waited for the show to start.
In the mid 90s I used to go to the Patio with my friends to see movies all the time. I saw “Much Ado about Nothing” there and I remember the wonderful twinkling ceiling above us as we watched the film. It’s really sad that this theater has been closed for so long.
I remember going to the movies for the first time at the Mercury in the early 80s; I think it was a Smurfs movie. There’s a Blockbuster Video store on the site where the theater used to be—a poor replacement for a big-screen movie house, if you ask me. The nearest theater now is down North Avenue in Melrose Park.
I remember seeing many of my favorite Disney movies there in the 1980s (Snow White, Cinderella, etc.) As the previous poster pointed out, the theater probably would have gotten a lot of business nowadays, considering it’s in a well-traveled area.