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joesampson commented about Golf Mill Theatres 1-2-3 on Jun 23, 2009 at 7:26 pm

I saw “Jaws” there when I was 8, and can remember walking out saying it was great.
“Alien” was jam-packed and we had to sit separately till I somehow found 2 good seats after the movie had started.
My buddy George and I cut out of school at Maine West to buy tickets for “Return of the Jedi”, assuming the early show would be sold out. We bought our tickets, heard the Star Wars music, and asked the ticket girl how soon the showing had sold out. She said it didn’t. We ran in and watched that showing and stayed for the next one as well. The movie had just opened.
When my Dad and I got to the theatre for “The Empire Strikes Back”, the line outside was almost to the back of the theatre. When we left, the line was past the bowling alley, the longest line I ever saw.

joesampson commented about Moviemax Cinemas on Jun 23, 2009 at 6:48 pm

I went to the Golf Glen many times because it was close by, but I didn’t like it. Some of the screens were so small, on par with the old Woodfield indoor. I remember walking in to see Gremlins 2 the day it opened and they played it on the smallest screen. It seemed like the size of a bedroom wall. That being said, it didn’t stop me from going back.

The Hidden, Prince of Darkness (Halloween 1987), No Man’s Land. Others I can’t remember.

The last was either Vegas Vacation or the movie where Howie Long was a firefighter.

joesampson commented about Des Plaines Theater on Jun 23, 2009 at 6:25 pm

I grew up in the Des Plaines Theatre: Silent Running, Fiddler on the Roof, Young Frankenstein, Mash, Pink Panther Strikes Again, Land that Time Forgot, Futureworld, Bug, and others including Taps.

Remember the 80’s with 50 cent Tuesdays? And sometimes those were double features as well! A quarter a movie!

The first time I walked out on a movie was at the Des Plaines: Masters of the Universe.

The first time I saw someone running up the aisle to vomit was during Fright Night 2. Unforgettable.

Blue Steel, Internal Affairs, Bad Influence, Mystic Pizza, Miami Blues…. Tuesdays were cheap, but sometimes you paid for it.

joesampson commented about Barrington Square Theaters on Jun 23, 2009 at 5:28 pm

I was there many times though for some reason the only 2 movies I can remember seeing are Fright Night and Saturn 3. Oh well. That June 1982 ad is more memerable as I saw Blade Runner at Randhurst, with NO air conditioning. It was rough.

joesampson commented about Addison Cinema 1 & 2 on Jun 23, 2009 at 5:09 pm

saw “The Warriors” there

joesampson commented about 53 Drive-In on Jun 23, 2009 at 5:07 pm

Seen as a 5 picture marathon in around 1980:

Massacre at Central High
Night of the Living Dead
The Corpse Grinders
The Rats are Coming, the Werewolves are Here

I begged my Mom to take me to this monster fest and she did. However, by the time “rats” rolled, it was enough. I don’t remember what the fifth movie was as we didn’t see it.