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Classic Cinemas re-opens The North Riverside Theaters on October 24th.
With a new box office, remodeled restrooms and a new concession stand.
Don’t ride your bike to this theater!
The bike rack can be seen fron the nearby (elevated) road, but the rack is out of the way, on the side of the theater and away from prying eyes, which means any bike locked up there is an open invitation to any bike thief riding by on Central.
I should have been warned by the remains of another bike lying there – just the frame, no tires or anything else (real classy, Galewood!) – but I didn’t have a problem the last few times I locked a bike there, so I naively assumed it’d be okay.
Well, they cut the thick (Kevlar!) cable and stole my bike (a nice Trek hybrid).
So, if you take your bike to Galewood, it’s like giving it to the professional bike thieves.
Thanks a lot, Galewood!
‘Security’ hassles me over carrying a plastic bag with a Chips Ahoy I bought at Wal-Mart, while thieves prowl their lot, and they oblige by putting all the bikes where no one will bother the hard-working thieves!
Not going there again.
A sign at the theater Nov. 10 said it was ‘closed for renovation’. A visit to the website lists showtimes for Nov. 21. So I guess that’s when it reopens.
I went back after a month and used the theaters for the teeming masses, instead of the hoi polloi.
The theater I attended (all have stadium seating) was huge! Much larger than Cinemark’s, and it seemed taller than the York’s newer theaters. Cavernous is the word that comes to mind. The screen was large, and I couldn’t notice any quality problems regarding the digital screen.
Food selection is almost as good as the VIP’s. Besides the usual popcorn and nachos (although, to be truthful, I don’t know if they had nachos, because I don’t care enough for them to check), they serve pizza (‘Both’ kinds: cheese and pepperoni. Why no sausage?), hot dogs, cheeseburgers, chicken tenders, curly fries, mozzarella sticks, buffalo wings and popcorn shrimp(!)
(They could use a better butter for the popcorn, though.)
There was also a children’s playroom.
I noticed a self-ticketing area when I entered. I think you can buy tickets on the spot using a credit card (and not just print internet tickets there), although I’m not sure.
Plenty of workers on hand once again.
It’d be nice if Rosemont would provide bike racks. They have everything else.
Community, yeah, that was the store. I don’t remember the tobaggan slides. I think the strip mall amd theatre were torn down in the late 70s (1976? 1977?) but the drive-thru Starlite survived a few more years.
I’m just laying out the facts. White people stopped going to the mall, even though it’s right next door to them. I didn’t stop going, because I’m not a racist. I liked having another theatre to go to. I could catch a 6PM show and get home at a decent time. When they closed (after some gang incident was in the newspaper), it gave me one less place to see a movie. It’s just sad. I was wrong about one thing. There are other theatres on the South Side, so it’s not the worse area of the city in terms of movie theatres. This theatre closing made it worse for me, because I had to travel farther on the bus. I didn’t know about these other theatres because they never advertise in the Sun-Times or the Tribune.
The auditorium was great, with the murals of Polynesian island scenes on the walls and all the little architectural details. Going in there was like being transported somewhere else. It had character, it looked like SOMETHING, unlike these bland cookie cutter theaters they have now. I don’t remember the patio. It had the misfortune to be located near the busiest intersection in the southwest suburbs, so it was sold to a shopping center developer.
This was built as a single screen, and it was pretty nice. There was an area in the middle with a skylight, lot of glass and natural light. Of course it was ruined when they cut it up and expanded by adding theaters. Then, when the shopping center customers changed (the residents of the area didn’t change; they just stopped going to the mall when new customers from farther away in Chicago showed up en masse) the theatre closed. It’s too bad. Now there isn’t a theater for miles around. It’s probably the worst area of Chicago in terms of movie theatre availability, other than the far South Side, that is.
The Starlite drive-in was on part of the mall property. There was a strip mall fronting on 95th with a Jupiter discount department store (KMart before it was called KMart) and a movie theatre called the Studio, I think. 1 screen, first run movies. All this was built for the baby boomers, so it was probably early 60s. The mall was built in the late 70s or early 80s.
It was showing first-run movies in the 70s. I remember seeing Inframan there. The last time I went there, a couple of years ago, it looked like it needed some work. I think they’re trying to raise money for renovation. I don’t know why the Village of LaGrange doesn’t help out. Instead, they let national bookstore chains raze architectural landmarks. You’d think they’d want to preserve their history.