City North 14 Cinema

2600 N. Western Avenue,
Chicago, IL 60647

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City North 14 Cinema

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This is a very large, modern multi-plex on the Northwest Side of Chicago. It was built on the site of a Goldblatt’s Department Store that had been abandoned for about six years and that the City had been trying to get rid of.

The City North 14 is one of a few theatres that had been constructed for General Cinema immediately prior to that chain being taken over by AMC (Ford City and Randhurst are two other examples). It features stadium seating and parking for nearly 1,000 cars.

In June of 2006, the City North 14 was acquired by Kerasotes Theatres after the merger between AMC and Loews. On May 25, 2010, Regal took over operation, as AMC acquired various Kerasotes theatres and in turn sold this one to Regal.

Contributed by Paul Fortini

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bigred
bigred on September 25, 2007 at 7:17 pm

I think the Ford City 14 opened in 1988. I know the Mall of America 14 in Bloomington, Mn ( twin cities ) opened in 1992. Ford city was GC’S # in concessions and Mall of America was # 1 in patrons.

The Northbrook 14 and Randhurst 16 both opened in 1996. The Northbrook 14 opened before Randhurst but not by much. It was after that when GC planned on opening more megaplexes nationwide.

I dought that things got better because Kerasotes took over. I have never seen an employee in the theatre at any Kerasotes but have never been to AMC only theatre that were GC but not since AMC took them over. With Kerasotes mob connections I find it hard to believe they would run this one right but not any of their other theatres.

Life's Too Short
Life's Too Short on September 26, 2007 at 3:15 am

Mob connections?!?! What?!?!

jimpiscitelli
jimpiscitelli on September 26, 2007 at 5:43 pm

Bigred, The Ford City 14 opened in 1990.

Broan
Broan on September 26, 2007 at 6:00 pm

You’re both quite wrong. The General Cinemas City North 14 opened December 17, 1999. It featured two party rooms, a game room, and a 980 seat parking garage. There had previously been a Goldblatt’s on the site. M&R had previously announced (unrealized) plans for a 16 screen theater at 2950 N. Western.

CinemarkFan
CinemarkFan on September 9, 2009 at 6:57 pm

I’ve heard that auditoriums #1 and #14 have really huge screens. Is this true? If so, how wide, and side masking or top-bottom?

I’ve been here before to see the remake of DOTD back in 2004, and I was in #6, which had a pretty average screen.

Paul Fortini
Paul Fortini on January 14, 2010 at 3:29 pm

Was the Goldblatts demolished and the theatre built in its place? Or was the theatre built into the structure of the old Goldblatt’s.

KenC
KenC on May 12, 2010 at 11:09 am

Paul- Goldblatt’s was gone before the theatre was built. I got an e-mail today from Kerasotes. In late May or early June, AMC will take over. AMC may or may not continue the 5 Buck Club. I was invited to fill out a short survey; when I clicked on, AMC said the survey was closed.

John Fink
John Fink on May 23, 2010 at 6:14 pm

I think AMC is legally prohibited from reacquiring this site as they don’t have to sell off any locations in Chicago proper (they do in the suburbs including one originally built by Crown, the Glen 10). I’m wondering if the Brothers Kerasotes will continue to own a few of these theaters as they aren’t leaving the theater business, their investment bank is cashing out and they’re starting over with their 3 newest locations. (Interestingly enough the Kerasotes aren’t taking an Edison, NJ location that was on the drawing board, that one will be an AMC when built).

CinemarkFan
CinemarkFan on May 24, 2010 at 12:01 pm

I got this in my email today

“Dear Five Buck Club Member of City North 14 and Webster Place,

I wrote you recently about AMC’s acquisition of the Kerasotes Theatres. In a subsequent transaction, AMC has sold the City North 14 and Webster Place to Regal Cinemas. Regal will take over management of these two locations effective May 25, 2010.

We have been asked by Regal to inform you that they will not be honoring Five Buck Club cards after they assume operation of these locations on May 25, 2010.

Thank you for your patronage.

Sincerely,

Tony Kerasotes"

Paul Fortini
Paul Fortini on October 26, 2010 at 4:01 am

What’s Regal like as an operator? I’ve never been to any of their cinemas. Kerasotes did great things with this and the Webster Place. Let’s hope Regal doesn’t run ‘em into the ground.

I haven’t been back to either location since the Regal takeover. My wife and I used to go to these all the time because of the 5 Buck Club Card.

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