Hillside Square Theater

4500 Frontage Road,
Hillside, IL 60162

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Hillside Square Theater, Hillside, IL

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This theater opened in 1980 by M & R theaters (which also owned the Old Orchard theater in Skokie). The theater had four screens originally, then in the mid 1980’s, two more screens were added in the back of the theater. This theater also was equipped with 70mm projection.

Sadly, this theater closed in 2001 just six months after the Hillside Mall theater (once known as Hillside Twin) had closed. The Hillside Square is currently used as a church.

Contributed by James Piscitelli

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jimpiscitelli on March 26, 2004 at 9:29 pm

Last movies I saw at the Hillside Square – “Eye Of The Beholder”,
“The Flinstones In Viva Rock Vegas”, “The Adventures Of Rocky and Bullwinkle” and “Dr. Seuss' When The Grinch Stole Christmas” all in 2000. The first movie I saw at the Hillside Square was “9 To 5” in 1980.

Paul Fortini
Paul Fortini on December 14, 2005 at 2:37 pm

This theatre had a sign visible from the Eisenhower Expressway. The sign is still there (or was, the last time I checked). If you look closely, you can still see the auditorium numbers on that sign.

mterracciano on August 23, 2006 at 6:58 am

This is the theatre my dad and I frequented the most during the early 80’s when we lived in Broadview. My most vivid memory of the Hillside Square was going to try to see “Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom” the Sunday night before Memorial Day in 1984. There was a long line and my dad said we wouldn’t be able to get a seat!! Could you imagine today if hit movies were just shown on one screen!?!?

jimpiscitelli on September 13, 2006 at 7:47 am

To mterracciano: I remember seeing “Indiana Jones and The Last Crusade” in 70MM. I’m not sure if they shown a 70MM print of “Temple Of Doom”. I remember that I could not get a seat when “E.T.” was being played (I believe it was in 70MM also).

CatherineDiMartino on January 13, 2007 at 7:45 am

Per Paul’s comment above, I believe that the sign has been removed now.

300bowler on March 28, 2007 at 12:02 pm

Loved this theatre almost as much as Harlem and Cermak. Saw both Ghostbusters 2 and K9 Cop with Jim Belushi in 1989 along with many others here in the 1980s. RIP Hillside Square Theatre.

rpb on November 1, 2009 at 1:35 am

Saw “Beverly Hills Cop” here in 1984. I remember my friend and I were doing “brake torches” with his ‘74 Nova in the parking lot afterwards. That is until Hillside’s finest showed up ,and wrote a few tickets out. That was the only time I was in this theatre. We used to go to the nearby “Hillside theatre”. It was “cooler looking” inside and out to us.

barryr on December 30, 2009 at 11:46 am

My wife and I went here more than anywhere else when we were dating in the early ‘80s—mostly because of proximity (it was halfway between our homes). The design always struck me as somewhat minimalist (speaking as someone who grew up going to the movie palaces of Chicago in the '60s and '70s). But I remember that I liked going there because the chairs rocked, the sound systems were always excellent, and the screens were big in spite of it being a multiplex.

aek316 on August 20, 2010 at 4:06 pm

Hi, I was looking up info about the Hillside theaters online the other day and someone posted on a website thread remebering the Hillsdie Mall that the churches that are currently housed in both former Hillside Theaters are not really operating as churches. Can anyone elaborate on that?

Xave on November 24, 2012 at 9:57 pm

When i was a Little kid, i went to Loews (Hillside Square) Theatres to see Toy Story 2 and Mulan back in 1999, then i saw The Adventures of Rocky & Bullwinkle, 102 Dalmations, and Rugrats In Paris The Movie back in 2000.

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