McClurg Court Cinemas

330 East Ohio Street,
Chicago, IL 60611

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rivest266
rivest266 on November 13, 2016 at 1:40 pm

This opened on November 10th, 1971. Its grand opening ad can be found in the photo section.

Life's Too Short
Life's Too Short on July 25, 2016 at 12:34 pm

I used to work across the aisle from that guy in the Darth Maul costume seen at 2:33. He was quite proud of it. Had Star Wars stuff all over his work area. Wonder what ever happened to him.

DavidZornig
DavidZornig on December 9, 2015 at 12:42 am

McClurg exterior in May 1999 at 0:29 & 1:10 through the end in the below clip courtesy of alex35mm, who posted it to the Old Orchard Theater page for it’s appearance as well.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KsHDF7OCPCg

Paul Fortini
Paul Fortini on March 23, 2015 at 3:05 pm

It’s interesting that in his post of Sep. 7, 2009 Cinemark Fan said, “I assume that the screens at 600 North Michigan might be gone by this time (I may be wrong though) And if that’s the case, the seating capacity at the River East alone won’t be enough to handle the volume of people who go see movies.”

Fortunately that hasn’t happened as AMC just completed some renovatios to the 600 North.

rivest266
rivest266 on November 23, 2014 at 7:29 pm

Christmas Day 1987 grand opening ad for this cinema and Oakbrook in photo section

CinemarkFan
CinemarkFan on September 13, 2012 at 7:58 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?

telliott
telliott on February 25, 2012 at 9:34 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 2:06 pm

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 2:04 pm

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 6:50 pm

coolerlakeside, can you repost those?

telliott
telliott on April 20, 2011 at 9:45 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 7:48 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 7:15 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 April 1, 2011 at 4:26 am

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 24, 2010 at 2:27 am

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

TLSLOEWS
TLSLOEWS on July 17, 2010 at 12:17 am

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 17, 2010 at 12:07 am

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 9:41 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 12:21 pm

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 8:56 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 6:13 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 6:55 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 6:26 pm

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