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) all built by Inner City Entertainment and all opened November 26, 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 17 comments)

CatherineDiMartino
CatherineDiMartino on June 12, 2007 at 5:44 am

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 6:27 am

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 2:13 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 2:20 pm

LTS

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

SecondReel
SecondReel on December 31, 2008 at 10:41 am

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 10:41 am

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

Paul Fortini
Paul Fortini on June 26, 2011 at 1:13 pm

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

Robin Roz
Robin Roz on July 3, 2011 at 7:27 am

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

rivest266
rivest266 on December 22, 2013 at 4:29 pm

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

rivest266
rivest266 on November 9, 2016 at 2:13 am

The 62nd & Western, Chatham 14 and Lawndale 10 all opened on November 26th, 1997 by a partnership of Cineplex Odeon and Inner City Entertainment. The grand opening ad can be found in the photo section

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