ICE Lawndale 10

3330 W. Roosevelt Road,
Chicago, IL 60624

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ICE Lawndale 10

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This was the one of three state-of-the-art multiplexes (along with the Chatham 14 and 62nd & Western 10) built by Inner City Entertainment in 1997 through a partnership with Cineplex Odeon, who would operate them.

They were viewed as a significant effort to bring movies back to the city’s African-American community, and to help revitalize the south side. Following Loews-Cineplex’s reorganization, Marcus took over management in 2002.

In early June 2007, ICE closed both this theater as well as the 62nd & Western Cinema. The ICE Lawndale 10 was re-opened in summer of 2011, but was closed again in 2013.

Contributed by Brian Wolf

Recent comments (view all 16 comments)

Life's Too Short
Life's Too Short on June 10, 2007 at 5:53 pm

I don’t really know very much about the subject. But I have heard the Lawndale area is coming up a little bit. There could be a future for this site if my statement holds water.

CatherineDiMartino
CatherineDiMartino on June 12, 2007 at 1:44 pm

The status of this place should be “closed.” I believe that the Quarry aka Hodgkins Cinema also looks like this place.

CatherineDiMartino
CatherineDiMartino on November 5, 2007 at 2:27 pm

I remember all the hoopla when this place opened in 1997 or so. The partners in Inner City Entertainment made all this hoopty-doo about how they were bringing movies back to the inner-city areas.

What went wrong?

Life's Too Short
Life's Too Short on January 23, 2008 at 10:13 pm

I remember that as well. I thought it was a good idea at the time, because people everywhere like the movies. But apparently it didn’t work in practice.

I suppose it could have also been mismanagement, as these are the same people who ran Meridian. My understanding is that Meridian went under because they owed a large amusement tax balance that could not be paid.

Paul Fortini
Paul Fortini on May 31, 2008 at 10:20 pm

LTS

Yes, Meridian went under because they failed to pay city and county amusement taxes.

SecondReel
SecondReel on December 31, 2008 at 6:41 pm

I’d guess the government largess ended or they fulfilled all the attached terms and obligations.

Lawndale may have bottomed out but there’s no where near the disposable income to sustain a multiplex yet.

There has been enough development on the Near West Side to sustain a 6-10 screen house. Sundance Cinema was looking at a multiplex on Racine couple of years ago.

CSWalczak
CSWalczak on January 23, 2010 at 6:41 pm

A picture of the closed Lawndale 10 on this blog page: View link

Paul Fortini
Paul Fortini on June 26, 2011 at 9:13 pm

Per ICE’s website, this theatre has re-opened! http://icetheaters.com/lawndale10.asp

Robin Roz
Robin Roz on July 3, 2011 at 3:27 pm

I agree with what Paul above says. The Lawndale has reopened and its status should be changed to “open”.

rivest266
rivest266 on December 23, 2013 at 12:29 am

Closed in 2013 ICE website has no showtimes as of elsewhere.

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