Belvidere Cinema

2145 Belvidere Road,
Waukegan, IL 60085

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jonrev on March 20, 2019 at 11:11 am

Belvidere Mall opened in 1965, with General Cinema adding the original twin theater in early-1966. It was made into a discount quad sometime after GCC sold it in September 1988. The last movie shown here was “X2 – Xmen United” in 2003, when it was mothballed.

The shuttered theater will be opened up and used for a photography exhibit in a few weeks as part of the mall’s art walk. We’ll mostly be showing work from abandoned buildings, with an expanded feature on movie theaters. Another show is planned for either June or August.

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mungojerry on May 13, 2012 at 5:07 am

Belvidere Mall, where this theater is/was located, opened in the mid 60’s.(Montgomery Ward was the big anchor store!) I remember going to see movies there a number of times with friends.

BEACHARK1 on April 27, 2012 at 11:04 am

I rember take my 2 year old spn to see the lion King here.

Paul Fortini
Paul Fortini on November 22, 2010 at 6:43 am

Is this cinema still here?

ceasar on December 5, 2007 at 5:53 pm

Background: Pemberton Cimema 4. Four screen multiplex built sometime in the late'80s. Didn’t come operational unitl the early ‘90s. First owner Regel Entertainment Group under the flag title of United Artist Theatres. Now the Clinton 14 another Regal Entertaintment Property flys that same name. As does the Flowood Cinama 15.
Now Regel didn’t go out of the mall in the late '90s nore during the early part of this decade. Regel sold the Pemberton Cinema to Village Theatres in either 2003 or 04. But for sometime under mismanagement audiences moviegoing declined. Market shifted to the TinselTown in Pearl,Malco17 in Madison;Clinton 14 out of Clinton Ms which is thirty miles from Vicksburg.
Management under both Regel and VillageTheatres didn’t pay attention to the fact that market had shifted to high end cinemas in the Jackson Metro area. Now why would Regel Entertainment sale one of thier properties to a bad operator like VillageTheatres?

Paul Fortini
Paul Fortini on December 5, 2007 at 5:36 pm


The movie poster in the photo is of SCARY MOVIE 2, so the place was open until at least 2001.

CatherineDiMartino on December 5, 2007 at 1:34 pm

Here is a photo of this place.
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ceasar on August 6, 2007 at 10:48 am

Pemberton Square Cinema 4 was another victim of Village Entertainment. It has been closed now for nearly seven months; it was shut down with the feud over high rent issues with CBL Associattes and Vicksburg has now regressed back another 100 years becouse of this feud. Yet the real hard question that hasn’t been addressed is this: why didn’t this market get a box cinema outside the mall? Now Regel Entertainment Group formally rented that cinema before they sold it to Village Entertainmetn in ‘04. Film wise I can tell Village didn’t do know better. They didn’t do a market study to improve things. Like ask the questions what the customer wanted. Like Regel they continued to target niche market of getting the blacks and teenagers. They never looked at the fact that they lost the teen market to the Jackson Metro area. Especially with Cinemark TinselTown in Pearl,the Malco in Madison and Flowood 15. Poor marketing can also be attributed to its downfall.
And now the mall cinema is closed property at the decaying Pemberton Mall.

alex35mm on June 5, 2007 at 6:05 am

Not to do over any one but as the theater listing states at the time this theater opened at a 2 screen General Cinema and was later split to a 4 at some point likely in the late 80s.

Life's Too Short
Life's Too Short on August 27, 2006 at 3:29 pm

In it’s own way this place was a classic:

Going to the movies 1974 style!

Hermie on May 18, 2006 at 3:46 pm

The Belvidere was originally a single-screen theatre built and run by the General Cinema chain. It stayed a single screen for quite some time, even years after the 3 screen GCC Lakehurst was opened up. The last film I remember seeing at the Belvidere when it was a single screen was ‘A Bridge Too far’.

Paul Fortini
Paul Fortini on April 12, 2006 at 3:03 am

Theatres closed by the Village Entertainment chain and the years Village operated them:

Biograph: 2002-2004
Burnham Plaza: 2002-2005
Fox Valley: 2002-2003
Golf Glen: 2002-2006
Hinsdale: 2002-2003
Water Tower: 2002-2003
Belvidere: -2004(?) 2005(?)

Notice that all came from Village’s expansion in 2002. Undercapitalized and over-expanded in such a short time

Life's Too Short
Life's Too Short on April 11, 2006 at 4:03 pm

I think you are right about the General Cinemas lease. I seem to recall old newspaper listings under that banner. While the Belvidere was open in the late 80’s, unlike many Chicago second run houses, they never advertised in the newspapers. I think movie listings were free for theatres until recently, making it even more bizarre.