Paragon Theaters - Arlington Heights

53 S. Evergreen Avenue,
Arlington Heights, IL 60005

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Although this theatre is briefly mentioned on the page for the former 1940’s-era Arlington Theatre (demolished in 1986), which was at 115 N. Evergreen Road, the present theatre bears no relation to the previous one.

The present day Arlington Theaters was built in 1999, opening on December 17, 1999 with 1,540 seats. It was part of an effort to revitalize the downtown Arlington Heights area with new condos, restuarants, stores, and a live theatre, the Metropolis Performing Arts Center. The developer was Joseph Freed and Associates.

The Arlington Theaters featured the Cinema Cafe, where patrons could have a sit-down snack, free internet access, children’s birthday party packages, group admission packages, and dinner-and-a-movie packages which are offered Monday and Thursday in conjunction with local restaurants.

It was closed on July 8, 2012. It reopened on July 5, 2013 as the Star Cinema Grill, with a reduced seating capacity of 700. In 2016 it was taken over by Paragon Theaters.

Contributed by PAUL FORTINI

Recent comments (view all 17 comments)

CSWalczak
CSWalczak on July 19, 2012 at 9:29 pm

Moves are being made to get this theater reopened: View article

CSWalczak
CSWalczak on November 13, 2012 at 3:17 am

Apparently, the effort to lineup a new operator and get the theater open again is being renewed: View article

Paul Fortini
Paul Fortini on November 13, 2012 at 7:59 pm

This would be a great cinema for Classic Cinemas to take over.

CSWalczak
CSWalczak on November 18, 2012 at 7:15 am

A potential new operator for this theater is apparently interested in seeking a liquor license as part of his business plan: View article

Paul Fortini
Paul Fortini on February 28, 2013 at 2:52 pm

Has this theater reopened yet?

cvolosin
cvolosin on June 26, 2013 at 10:05 pm

it’s June 26th did it make it?

aek316
aek316 on January 17, 2015 at 7:39 am

I came here tonight with my wife to see American Sniper. They did a wonderful job redoing this theater. It now has dining and drink options a bar in the lobby and comfortable seating. My tip to anyone who goes is to get to your show early. Seats fill up fast due to the reduced seating. But hey, you can always hang out at the bar!

DarknessBeyondTime
DarknessBeyondTime on August 1, 2016 at 3:29 am

Paragon Theaters now operates this location.

DarknessBeyondTime
DarknessBeyondTime on October 19, 2016 at 4:26 pm

http://www.dailyherald.com/article/20161018/business/161018757/

rivest266
rivest266 on November 9, 2016 at 10:30 pm
  • This opened on December 17th, 1999. Its grand opening ad can be found in the photo section for this cinema.

  • The new owners, Paragon got rid of the dine-in and installed recliners. Running a kitchen proved to be very expensive according to the Yelp review for this cinema.

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