West Plaza Cinemas

2101 West Galena Boulevard,
Aurora, IL 60506

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West Plaza Cinemas

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The West Plaza Cinema I & II opened June 12, 1970 at the West Aurora Plaza shopping center on Galena Boulevard near Orchard Road. It was Aurora’s first twin movie house. Opening day films were "The Cheyenne Social Club" and "Marooned". Ads in the Beacon-News announced "acres of free parking" and "a great step forward in the progress of Aurora".

The theater interior was designed by Hans Teichert Studios, with auditorium I given a "modern" design and auditorium II given a "modernized classical" design. Later, the theater was expanded to three screens, and continued to operate into the 1990’s.

The theater was demolished in 1994 to make way for new stores. The theater had last been operated by the Cineplex Odeon chain. Any additional information on this theater would be appreciated.

Contributed by Bryan Krefft

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Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on May 14, 2010 at 4:39 pm

opened with two good movies,Fonda and Stewart and Gregory Peck in the other.I know everyone knows who was in what film.

TLSLOEWS
TLSLOEWS on May 16, 2010 at 11:48 am

No Mike what movies were they?

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on May 16, 2010 at 5:30 pm

Come on TLSLOEWS you know with actors were in the above pictures.

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on April 12, 2011 at 4:44 am

1970 period newpaper reports of the opening, with photographs:
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Opening advertisements:
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Bruce C.
Bruce C. on April 12, 2011 at 10:12 am

Here’s another newspaper report about the opening of the West Plaza Cinemas.

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Scott Neff
Scott Neff on November 26, 2013 at 12:35 pm

Looks like it was a Mann Theatre and NOT a GCC? the CINEMA I-II-III lettering confuses me!

DAL
DAL on November 29, 2013 at 11:38 am

Although some signage resembled GCC font, this was built by L&M, who also operated the Isle in downtown Aurora. The larger house was split to compete with Plitt’s Fox Valley 4, which opened in December, 1977. Eventually, Plitt took over operation, followed by Cineplex Odeon in 1985.

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