Holiday Star Theater
340 Main Street,
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Opened on October 28, 1950 as the Holiday Theater, it was part of the Park Forest Shopping Center. The single screen auditorium had seating provided in orchestra & balcony levels. A feature of the space was the wood beamed ceiling.
Classic Cinemas took over the theater in 1980 and renamed it the Park Forest Theater. As the shopping center began to change hands, Classic Cinemas decided to leave, and a new operator was found for the aging theater. The new operator soon went bankrupt and the shopping center’s owners contacted Classic Cinemas about once again managing the theater.
Thankfully, Classic Cinemas returned to the Park Forest Theater, and in 1990, restored the theater to much of its original 1950’s appearance, and divided the auditorium into two screens, with capacities of 374 and 276 seats each. Two more auditoriums were created out of the balcony, and later, a fifth screen was added using space from a nearby retail store.
The theater was later operated by the Sensible Cinemas chain, which ran it from 2004 to early-2005, when the theater was closed.
The theater reopened again in January 2006 as the Eagle Theater, by an independent operator who also operated the Eagle Theater in Robinson, Illinois.
In 2008, it changed operators again, and was renamed Holiday Star Theater, which closed in late-summer of 2013.
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