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One of the first films was The Last Emperor. It took awhile but we would sell out all the time. People found house. GC’s Yorktown was our competior. We had. just opened Rice Lake in Wheaton a great looking Cineplex House.I loved to make the theatre recording each week. I recall once calling 1-4 the Olympia Dukasis theatre all screens played her movies. Dad,Look who’s Talking,Steel Magnolias.As everyone on this site would say workng in the theatres was the best jobs I ever had. It was a experince to go see a movie if the movie did not play at least 16 wks it was a bomb.Empire played for 50 weeks in a 1000 seat house. Top Gun played 40 weeks and still sold out. Played the movie Tucker and I found Tucker cars to park out front opening week. Man I miss that.
Oak brook 1-4 was pretty nice when I opened it, But it had many problems right away. The lights under the stairs leading into the lobby never worked. They forgot to add my managers office (never in the blue print)but it in the booth then added a tube system to the box office the never worked very good. I has $5000 stuck in the tube. You had to go outside and take a elevator to the third floor for the HVAC SYSTEM. and the candy counter and front doors needed to be locked with chains.
Did it say what company was thinking of building or running the theatres.
Tnash, Thanks I found it.
looks like I worked there a ways before you guys.I was the manager at 1-3 in 1985 till I opened the new complex 1-4 in 1987 making the old theatres 5-7. I later worked for Kerasotes theatres with another manager that had worked at oabrook for AMC HER NAME IS Dawn Messer.
I think that you were at on time my DM. When I first came to Oak Brook I had Ed Konrandt,Then you Dave Lang,followed by Mike Sadigain,Jim Felker,Jay Schenkel.When I worked for Kerasotes I saw your name as a DM I was so upset that they sold to AMC but the theatre that I worked at City North along with Webster was not part of the sale do to a judges decree they went to Regal.Working for Plitt and then Century(Sufurys) and lastly the Kersotes was the best then came the chains and they let all the managers go. Regal gave me the Choice of making $8.25 down from $19.00 or loosing all benifets and to work part time so I left.Are you still in the Theatre game?
My former Brother in Law is Pat Burns He was vp under Irwin Choen at the time. I also have worked for Classic Cinemas,Century(Cinemark) Kerasotes (Regal)
No Greg I worked the Oakbrook theatres till 1991 then went to manage River Oaks 7&8.I also worked at Orland in 1983 to 84 Then I opened Orland Sq 5-8. I worked with Mr. Studdert and Gilbert Tamm at 1-4 and Ed Butkovich at 5-8
I was a manager at both theatres Orland 1-4 and then I opened 5-8. seating was 250,250,400,400. The first big movie we played was Ghostbusters.
Tnash, I can’t seem to find the Facebbok page
Dal, I worked for Plitt/Cineplex for 17 years.When I was Manager at Oakbrook 1-4 Before this new theatre I was manger of what was then 1-3 before being known as 5-7 after the new theatre was open. Ron Roberts took over as manager of 5-7 after I left to open the new theatre. He then left to manage Fox Valley.I just found out that one of the convicted is being released on the 18th of this month after serving half of his sentence and the other murder is being releasd in 2013. This happened on 12-23-1988. My prayers go out to the Roberts family
I was the opening manager of the Oakbrook Theatre at 300 Oakbook drive. This was a great theatre. I was there for about 4 years. Also worked many other Plitt Theatres/Cineplex Odeon Theatres. During the 20plus years.Such as River Oaks 1&4(9&10) Orland Park 1-4/5-8. Paramount, Medoview and Town cinema in Kankakee, The Mecury Theatre,The Diana in Homewood and many others.