Quarry Cinema

9201 W. 63rd Street,
Hodgkins, IL 60525

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I don’t have much information on this theatre. It was originally operated by Cineplex-Odeon and named Hodgkins Cinema. If you are travelling along the Stevenson Expressway (I-55), you’ll see a watertank bearing the C-O logo and the Hodgkins Cinema name.

At one point, the theatre took on its present name, the Quarry Cinema, and passed from Cineplex-Odeon to Loews to AMC. It closely resembles the ICE Chatham, the ICE Lawndale, and the ICE 62nd & Western Cinemas, so perhaps it was built around the time that those were.

Any information on this theatre will be greatly appreciated.

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Mindhunter55
Mindhunter55 on November 9, 2007 at 4:19 pm

I was an employee/supervisor/manager here from 2002-2007. The Cineplex Odeon logo is still on the front and back marquees. It was one of the best cinemas that Loews had. This was due mainly to the fact that the General Manager was meticoulous and took great pride in running a top notch theatre. Unfortunately since AMC took over managers are rotated in and out, and after 10 years of dedicated service the GM was sent to another location. Since the GM’s departure the overall quality of this location has declined.

Paul Fortini
Paul Fortini on September 20, 2008 at 11:52 am

The sign on Lagrange Road is for AMC.

CinemarkFan
CinemarkFan on October 30, 2009 at 10:39 am

This theater now has a digital LIEMAX screen that AMC keeps putting up. Since the auditoriums (before LIEMAX) held approx 140-290, I imagine the screen holds no more that 220-230 people tops.

And you get to pay up to $14 dollars for the scam too!

rpb
rpb on October 31, 2009 at 11:29 pm

This cineplex opened around 1995, if my memory serves me correctly. It was around the same time the Quarry shopping center opened. I believe the first movie we saw there was “Disclosure”. This was a beautiful cineplex when it opened. My wife and I used to drive from the North end of Berwyn (several miles away) just to see movies here. We moved to Hodgkins in 2003 We’re within walking distance of the theatre now. Sadly, the theatre looks like it’s from the mid ‘90’s (which wasn’t a good era for commercial architecture, in my opinion). The facade, and interior look dated, and they don’t use the margue on East ave. anymore (except to advertise food and drink specials). Overall, it’s still a nice place, but not as nice as some of the more modern theatres farther west of it.

RobGordon
RobGordon on January 3, 2010 at 8:41 am

Hi, I work at the Quarry. If there’s anything you can suggest that help us improve the place, I’m happy to take your suggestions. Since I’m here, I’ll help settle some confusion.

Our address is indeed 9201 W 63rd St, Hodgkins, IL 60525. Its proximity to Countryside tends to confuse some people and online maps. You can get to us by taking 63rd st off Lagrange Ave or East Ave.

I’ve asked corporate to fix the branding several times in the last few years. The new CEO’s making changes, so hopefully we won’t have to go another year advertising “Cineplex Odeon”. Right now the only thing that says we’re an AMC is the sign on Lagrange/63rd and “AMC” letters on our back marquee. The marquee that says “Cineplex Odeon”. Fun stuff.

I have to respectfully disagree with Mindhunter55 on the status of the theatre since 2007. I’ve been here a few years now and I feel that conditions have done nothing but improve since 2007. Standards were elevated, the employees are a lot happier, and guest satisfaction and attendance have remained pretty constant, especially considering how theatres on a whole have declined in satisfaction in the home theater age.

CinemarkFan is a little harsh, but fair. Yes, the IMAX screen is not a large format screen, nor do we claim it is. No-one here likes IMAX’s decision to not differentiate between their several screen sizes or ratios. The employees are trained to know that the IMAX screen is 30% larger than our other large screens. At fifty feet wide it does encompass the whole front wall of the theatre. This info, and the differences between the IMAX 3D and RealD 3D theatres, is displayed at the box offices and guest services for the guests' information. We make no bones about the fact that the screen isn’t as big as a large format screen – if people ask if it’s a “full-size” or “regular” IMAX screen (themselves misnomers), we tell them about the differences.

Mind you, people don’t seem to mind, surprisingly. We opened it in October and I was worried we’d get a deluge of complaints when we opened a “Liemax”, but people really enjoy it. I’ve had two complaints about the size – once for “This Is It”, once for “Avatar”. Maybe it’s a case of savvy moviewatchers being more informed. At any rate, the only real source of complaints we get is about the glasses, and how we have to take them back at the end of the show. Since RealD uses disposable one-size glasses, most people assume they can keep the IMAX ones too.

As for the cost manadated by IMAX, we don’t find that particularly fair, at least for the up-rezzed 35mm shows. The 3D IMAX, however, is only a buck more than seeing a RealD show in our normal-sized theater.

Hopefully some of CT’s readers will give Quarry another look. We’d love to have you.

Beadee
Beadee on July 8, 2010 at 10:07 am

I go there about twice a month. I agree, they need to spice it up a bit. The facilities are clean and nice. The staff is great but it has this empty feel to it in the lobby. I still like going there.

TLSLOEWS
TLSLOEWS on February 3, 2011 at 11:20 am

Another on time Loews to add to my list.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on February 5, 2011 at 7:33 am

You are going to RUN out of ROOM.LOL.

Mister_Comics
Mister_Comics on January 4, 2013 at 1:02 pm

I go to this theater most often. I have no complaints with it. Nice theater. Close to home. I like coming in from the East Ave entrance. Much easier to find. And if your in the area there’s a reataurant worth checking out called Buck’s Pit Stop.

Aaron77
Aaron77 on January 13, 2013 at 2:30 pm

This cinema opened in late 1997. I remember seeing the grand opening ad in the Chicago tribune. I saw ‘'Scream 2’‘ & ’‘Home Alone 3’‘ here on Friday, December 12, 1997. I was 20 years old at the time.

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