Muvico Rosemont 18 Theater

9701 Bryn Mawr Avenue,
Rosemont, IL 60018

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Muvico Rosemont 18 Theater

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Theater opened September 14, 2007. It’s really trying to be different! Every auditorium is digital and had art/murals on the walls (it reminded me of the old Coral Theater in Oak Lawn).

What really sets it apart is the Premier VIP area. There are six screens upstairs (it has a separate entrance) with seats almost twice the size of regular theater seats (they’re huge!). When you buy your ticket, you select your seat on a touchscreen (capacity is 60). Premier VIP ticketbuyers see the same film as the ‘regular’ patrons, but it’s in a balcony up above (who has balconies anymore?!) Plus, with the Premier VIP ticket, you get free popcorn (average, unfortunately) and free valet parking (although it’s next to a huge parking garage, so I guess the only time you’d need that would be if they had a big convention in town).

The food menu was expanded (not the typical movie theater fare – flatbread pizza, anyone?), but I don’t know if the ‘regs’ get the same menu. Premier VIPers also can order from Bogart’s restaurant, a sitdown place between the VIP theatres. There’s a bar up there, too. And get this – childcare services are available, also! (They had a lot of staff up there. I mean, a lot!) The men’s room only had one stall, but it included a sink! Which encouraged me to take as long as I wanted in there. Ha! Premier VIP is $15.00 Friday-Saturday-Sunday, $12.50 Monday-Thursday (and includes popcorn and valet parking).

The address is 9701 Bryn Mawr Avenue in Rosemont, but don’t use the mapsites to find it. They give the location as west of the highway, but it’s east. From the north, take River Road to Bryn Mawr and turn right. Past the office building (Hey! I used to work in that building!), turn left and head for the garage. From the south, turn left on Balmoral (where the Rosemont Theatre is), drive past the hotel, then turn right into the parking garage entrance. The theater is on the other side of the garage.

Rosemont is supposed to be bulding an entertainment district ‘Rosemont Walk’, but I didn’t see it. They only have this super-cool theater back behind the office buildings, hotels and parking garages that define this next to O'Hare Airport town.

Crowd was a decent size for a brand new, practically hidden theater. They must be counting on hotel guests. But hey, it’s worth the trip! Saw “Across The Universe” there, which is only playing at a few theaters. Also, you can print tickets at home.

Contributed by Shawn Evans

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Scott
Scott on April 29, 2011 at 2:32 am

Bobby, I can’t say that I see the similarity with the Chicago Paradise, except perhaps the galloping steed at the top of the facade being reminiscent of those on the Paradise proscenium. Still, for a modern day theatre it looks pretty impressive. Probably about as good as we can expect these days.

BobbyS
BobbyS on April 29, 2011 at 4:54 am

Scott, that is exactly what I meant. I didn’t even think about it until I read it in this post. We will never see the likes or anything comimg close to our Paradise or Marbro. For what I see around the country that are passing for movie complexes, this was a very bold & beautiful design and I commend Muvico. Their theaters in Florida are also very very nice but without the big marquee and vertical. This must be a new direction the company is taking. They have a Paradise, Palace and Parisian all with the themes throughout the theater. Impressive lobbys, marble floors and chandeliers, plush carpets and plenty of gilt-everything we love!

BobbyS
BobbyS on April 30, 2011 at 6:46 am

Scott, if you do come up I’ll meet you there. In person it is very impressive! I have heard from friends they were disappointed with the auditoriums not really looking like a movie palace. I suppose they thought the exterior was so ornate and colorful that the theaters inside would also be. Well there is a little decoration and the seats are plush. All the money was spent on the facade and the signage and the stunning lobby. I remind them this IS 2011! The era of over the top decorations and cupids and floating clouds are all long gone. But this theater gives you the flavor of that time.

DavidZornig
DavidZornig on May 11, 2011 at 2:54 pm

Dean Richards of WGN TV did a piece on the Muvico 18 this morning. The theater has added a bank of seats equipped with “D-Box”. A film activated motion device that rocks the bank of seats along with the action on the screen. Like a flight/driving simulator or interactive space shuttle experience of sorts. The feature is reservation only, and appeared to be limited to a small amount of seats. Special prints of the films encoded to work with the equipment are needed. The upcoming “Pirates” sequel is one that is scheduled. So it’s obviously not limited to planes or cars.

BobbyS
BobbyS on May 11, 2011 at 4:55 pm

I believe this probably is a form of sennsuround that some of the theaters installed back in the 70’s. I saw “Earthquake” at the Nortown Theatre in Chicago back then and they installed big boom boxes at the sides of the theater when the earth moved, so did the theater. Back in the 60’s, In remember the fad of smellavision.
This was installed in a downtown theater and the seats were wired with sensors to release smells when called for in the movie. Must have been a flop because it never went anywhere.

DavidZornig
DavidZornig on May 11, 2011 at 6:35 pm

Similar, but limited to the shaking of that bank of seats only.
I posted over on the United Artists page about experiencing “Earthquake” with Sensurround when it came out. The UA had to hang mesh netting high up towards the ceiling to catch falling plaster shortly after the film opened.

My late father said Smell-O-Vision was tried at the Michael Todd on Dearborn I believe. But that people became ill when the artificial pipe smoke scent was pumped in for one scene.

BobbyS
BobbyS on May 11, 2011 at 7:10 pm

Your dad was correct. Michael Todd had the system. Also correct people were vomiting in the aisles. Being an usher there sure meant being challenged I would say.

Broan
Broan on June 5, 2011 at 1:53 am

There are 48 D-box seats, and an adult D-box ticket costs $21.50. I guess they tilt, rock, and vibrate according to the action on screen. So now instead of the kid behind you kicking your seat, the theatre itself kicks your seat.

rivest266
rivest266 on June 24, 2012 at 12:05 am

September 14th, 2007 grand opening ad is in the photo section for this theatre.

BobbyS
BobbyS on June 24, 2012 at 6:19 am

I predict this theater will be sold to AMC(China Money) or Cinemark chain which itself was sold a few years ago. Muvico sold a few of their theaters in Florida to Cinemark. One was the beautiful Palace in Boca Raton and the Paradise. They spent a fortune to build these beautiful huge buildings and I believe they are deep in debt. Their plans to expand in the Chicago area fizzled and the business in Rosemont during the week is sparse at best.

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