McClurg Court Cinemas

330 East Ohio Street,
Chicago, IL 60611

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CinemarkFan
CinemarkFan on September 13, 2012 at 2:58 pm

With “The Master” getting 70mm prints, and Chicago not being one of them (to my knowledge), this theater is all the more missed.

Does anyone know what the construction crews doing to the space?

aek316
aek316 on April 18, 2012 at 5:23 pm

Great picture!

telliott
telliott on February 25, 2012 at 4:34 pm

It really is a shame that in a city like Chicago, that this cinema (or the Esquire or both) could not have been turned in to something like a Sundance cinema, an Angelika cinema, or even another Landmark location. What a loss eh.

aek316
aek316 on November 19, 2011 at 9:06 am

I’d love to see some pictures of the theater when it was still in operation. I remember there being 3 huge posters out in the front and the marquee being lit up at night.

aek316
aek316 on November 19, 2011 at 9:04 am

My wife and I were downtown last night and we’re going to catch a flick at River East. The bus let us off right by Mcclurg Court. We walked over and I peered inside a couple of the doors and everything is completely gone. Terribly sad. The only thing left is the ticket booth in front. It doesn’t look like there’s any plans or construction underway for the site so I am curious why everything would be ripped out if there’s no plans for the space. Again terribly sad. RIP MCclurg Court.

Broan
Broan on May 30, 2011 at 1:50 pm

coolerlakeside, can you repost those?

telliott
telliott on April 20, 2011 at 4:45 pm

Especially surprising since New York has the Ziegfeld, Seattle has the Cinerama and Washington has the Uptown. You would think that there would be enough interest in a city like Chicago. Sad indeed.

CSWalczak
CSWalczak on April 20, 2011 at 2:48 pm

Indeed very sad. I think this could have been run something like the Ziegfeld in New York, by being kept available for big event films and 70mm revivals.

coolerlakeside
coolerlakeside on April 20, 2011 at 2:15 pm

They started demolition on the McClurg a few weeks ago. I took some pics today. They have the doors open most of the day if anyone wants to get a closer look. The white thing in the middle of the second photo is a front-end loader one story down.

http://www.rockwebhosting.com/img/mcclurg-1.jpg

http://www.rockwebhosting.com/img/mcclurg-2.jpg

http://www.rockwebhosting.com/img/mcclurg-3.jpg

aek316
aek316 on March 31, 2011 at 11:26 pm

Afraid I have some bad news for fans of Mcclurg Court. As some of you may have seen on this site, theater management was offering to sell seats and projectors, etc. to cinema treasures users. I inquried to the e-mail address today inquiring about one of the old Cineplex poster cases. I got a reply saying that the owners e-mail posted late on the Cinema Treasures site and they had a salvage company come in last weekend and remove virtually everything out of the theater! I wrote back to see what they planned to do with the theater space, but I haven’t gotten a reply yet. In any case, it looks like any hopes we had of a Mcclurg Court revival are now gone. I am bummed for 2 reasons: 1) I really would like a CO poster case (i also seemingly acted late when I tried to get one out of Rivertree Court, the realty company has yet to call me back)and 2) I never saw a movie here and based on all the posts above, it was an amazing experience. I held out hope someone would revive it so I could have such an experience. I doubt any new movie theater ever built will have a big room with a huge screen like Mcclurg. RIP Mcclurg Court!

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on July 23, 2010 at 9:27 pm

Good stories to read.Even"MOONRAKER" was good here according to one post!

TLSLOEWS
TLSLOEWS on July 16, 2010 at 7:17 pm

Good Luck,hopes it works out you can give me a job there,I used to work for Loews in Nashville, Tenn. years ago lots of experience, only half joking the econony is pretty bad here as everywhere I quess.

CinemarkFan
CinemarkFan on July 16, 2010 at 7:07 pm

Yes it is still closed. The owners of the building don’t know what to do with it…

But I do.

TLSLOEWS
TLSLOEWS on July 16, 2010 at 4:41 pm

Interesting is it still closed?

Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois
Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois on November 13, 2009 at 7:21 am

timoneill –

FIDDLER ON THE ROOF was shown at the McClurg Court in 70mm (Panavision Blow Up). It began on either 1/3 or 11/10/71 and played for 57 weeks.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on November 13, 2009 at 3:56 am

The McClurg Court project (two giant towers and associated structures) as a whole was designed by the firm of Solomon, Cordwell, Buenz, & Associates, though I’ve been unable to find any source specifically attributing the theater to that firm. The structure itself had to be of their design, though the theater interior might have been done by someone else. Cinema Treasures currently attributes the ICE 62nd and Western Theatre to Solomon, Cordwell, Buenz, & Associates.

JRS40
JRS40 on November 4, 2009 at 1:13 pm

Tim – I honestly don’t know for sure but I would guess they did as the theater was equipped for it.

Tim O'Neill
Tim O'Neill on November 3, 2009 at 1:55 pm

You’re right, JRS40. Some people have indicated that it opened in 1972, which is incorrect. Do you happen to know if they played FIDDLER ON THE ROOF in 70mm?

JRS40
JRS40 on November 3, 2009 at 1:26 pm

If you look at the booking list I printed above it confirms that the theater opened on 11/10/71 with FIDDLER.

Tim O'Neill
Tim O'Neill on November 2, 2009 at 2:53 am

You’re right, Joe. I have photcopies of movie ads from November, 1971 and there are ads hyping the opening of FIDDLER ON THE ROOF. The McClurg Court was taken over by Cineplex Odeon in the fall of 1986 and in September, 1987 the theatre temporarily closed so it can be tripled. It re-opened as the McClurg Court Cinemas in December, 1987. It’s opening attraction in the main auditorium was BARFLY with Mickey Rourke. The theatre closed permanently in August, 2003. It got River Easted out of business.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on November 2, 2009 at 2:20 am

Various issues of Boxoffice from late 1971 show the McClurg Court in operation by that time. The December 20 issue, for example, reported that “Fiddler On the Roof” had done good business in its fourth week at the McClurg Court. The house had to have been open by November, 1971.

Tim O'Neill
Tim O'Neill on November 2, 2009 at 1:42 am

CinemarkFan, I admire your ambition. I only wish a lot of these theatre chain executives would have the same drive. I work for a chain and I tried to get them to have some 70mm screenings here and there (since there was already 70mm equipment in the booth) but they weren’t interested. Theatre executives are obsessed with digital projection. Why not give moviegoers a little bit of everything? I get the impression that you want to run a mult-purpose movie house. That’s great. Let us not forget authentic 3-D dual-strip 35mm; three-projector Cinerama; 4-track mag stereo 35mm; and let us never overlook—-Sensurround! Please keep hope alive. Keep us all posted on your goals.

CinemarkFan
CinemarkFan on September 8, 2009 at 3:56 am

Here’s a listing of films that would’ve played here if I reopened it. This listing is for auditorium #1. 2 and 3 would be playing art films or similar fare like #1. Originally sat 760+ during the CO years, seating would be reduced to 680-700 for installation of leather rocker chairs.

3/31/06 â€" THANK YOU FOR SMOKING
4/28/06 â€" THE LOST CITY
5/12/06 â€" 70MM FILM FESTIVAL (5/12 â€" 5/14)
5/19/06 â€" THE DA VINCI CODE
6/16/06 â€" AN INCONVENIENT TRUTH
7/7/06 â€" PIRATES 2: DEAD MAN’S CHEST
8/18/06 â€" THE ILLUSIONIST
10/6/06 â€" THE DEPARTED
11/3/06 â€" BABEL
11/17/06 â€" CASINO ROYALE
12/8/06 â€" VOLVER
12/29/06 â€" PAN’S LABYRINTH
2/16/07 â€" THE LIVES OF OTHERS
3/9/07 â€" 300
4/13/07 â€" BLACK BOOK
5/4/07 â€" SPIDER-MAN 3
6/1/07 – ONCE
6/8/07 â€" OCEAN’S 13
6/27/07 â€" LIVE FREE OR DIE HARD (DH 2 and 3 played at McClurg)
7/20/07 â€" SUNSHINE
8/3/07 â€" THE BOURNE ULTIMATIUM
9/7/07 â€" 3:10 TO YUMA
10/5/07 â€" MICHAEL CLAYTON
11/2/07 â€" BEFORE THE DEVIL KNOWS YOU’RE DEAD
11/9/07 â€" NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN
12/7/07 â€" ATONEMENT
¼/08 â€" THERE WILL BE BLOOD
2/8/08 â€" IN BRUGES
2/29/08 â€" NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN (returning after winning best picture oscar)
3/7/08 â€" THE BANK JOB
4/11/08 â€" STREET KINGS
4/25/08 â€" THE VISITOR
5/2/08 â€" IRON MAN
5/30/08 â€" SEX AND THE CITY
6/20/08 â€" MONGOL
7/4/08 â€" 70MM FILM FESTIVAL 2 (7/4 â€" 7/6)
7/11/08 â€" TELL NO ONE
7/18/08 â€" THE DARK KNIGHT
9/12/08 â€" BURN AFTER READING
10/10/08 â€" RACHEL GETTING MARRIED
10/24/08 â€" CHANGELING
11/21/08 â€" SLUMDOG MILLIONARE
1/16/09 â€" CHE â€" ROADSHOW VERSION
1/30/09 â€" TAKEN
3/6/09 â€" WATCHMEN
3/20/09 â€" SUNSHINE CLEANING
4/10/09 â€" SIN NOMBRE
4/24/09 â€" OBSESSED
5/8/09 â€" STAR TREK
6/19/09 â€" MOON
7/1/09 â€" PUBLIC ENEMIES
7/17/09 â€" 500 DAYS OF SUMMER
7/31/09 â€" 70MM FILM FESTIVAL 3 (7/31 â€" 8/2)
8/14/09 â€" DISTRICT 9

This gives you an idea of how I would run it in terms of movies. Here’s hoping it becomes a reality.

CinemarkFan
CinemarkFan on September 8, 2009 at 3:34 am

Thanks for the suggestions David. You can bet I will do my research into that field. The only thing I really know about all this is getting deals in advance. And that in some large metropolitan locations, studios will look for the best, top-flight locations for their important productions. Because it’s just River East and 600 North now, most (all) blockbusters are booked at both.

Back in the day when you had the five theaters that Tim Elliott mentioned, you could always tell that a special effects film will be at McClurg. An art house, Miramax-type production would be at Esquire or Water Tower. Some suspense thrillers would be Esquire or 900 North, and the comedies at WT. Ah, those were the days.