Oakbrook Center Cinemas

300 Oakbrook Center,
Oak Brook, IL 60523

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The Oakbrook Center Cinemas was opened in the early-1980’s by Plitt Theaters with three screens. In 1987 (when Cineplex Odeon took over the chain), four more screens were added. They were best known for showing independent films and regular movies.

In 2001, four of the screens were closed by Loews/Cineplex. In September 2003, the remaining three were closed. The last movies that were booked were “Seabiscuit”, “Dirty Pretty Things” and “Whale Rider”.

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theatrelifer
theatrelifer on December 26, 2012 at 7:50 pm

Tnash, Thanks I found it. looks like I worked there a ways before you guys.I was the manager at 1-3 in 1985 till I opened the new complex 1-4 in 1987 making the old theatres 5-7. I later worked for Kerasotes theatres with another manager that had worked at oabrook for AMC HER NAME IS Dawn Messer.

JPK
JPK on March 20, 2013 at 5:16 pm

I managed this theatre for extended periods in 1975-76. After many years in exhibition, I have never managed a nicer venue. In so many ways it was the perfect auditorium. Too bad it was ruined by the splitings. You folks who worked this theatre after it was split don’t have any idea what a magnificent presentation the Oak Brook provided. Breath taking presentation from start to finish.

tnash73
tnash73 on March 21, 2013 at 8:34 pm

The opposite side of 1-4 always had stores. At least I’ve always remebered stores on the other side. Although maybe they should’ve had an entrance there, since it was soooo hard 4 people to find.

rivest266
rivest266 on November 23, 2014 at 11:32 am

3 cinemas on Christmas Day 1987. Ad in photo section

aek316
aek316 on November 28, 2014 at 4:08 am

I read online in the Tribune that a proposal is on the table to build new cinemas at the mall. If this goes through, they will also reopen oak brook 1-4! Under the plan, 1-4 would show first run movies until the new structure is built. Once the new building opens, 1-4 would remain open as an art house. I really hope this happens. 1-4 was a nice theater from what I recall and it would bring an old cineplex odeon theater back to life!

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on November 28, 2014 at 8:12 am

Is there any word on the fate of the 50-year time capsule I mentioned in this earlier comment? As Boxoffice said it was to be installed on December 16, 1964, it’s now almost time to open it.

theatrelifer
theatrelifer on November 28, 2014 at 7:12 pm

Did it say what company was thinking of building or running the theatres.

theatrelifer
theatrelifer on November 28, 2014 at 7:24 pm

Oak brook 1-4 was pretty nice when I opened it, But it had many problems right away. The lights under the stairs leading into the lobby never worked. They forgot to add my managers office (never in the blue print)but it in the booth then added a tube system to the box office the never worked very good. I has $5000 stuck in the tube. You had to go outside and take a elevator to the third floor for the HVAC SYSTEM. and the candy counter and front doors needed to be locked with chains.

tnash73
tnash73 on November 29, 2014 at 11:16 am

Given that people had such a hard time finding 1-4, it doesn’t make sense that it would be reopened. I seem to recall that it was unprofitable, due to high rent.

theatrelifer
theatrelifer on November 29, 2014 at 3:16 pm

One of the first films was The Last Emperor. It took awhile but we would sell out all the time. People found house. GC’s Yorktown was our competior. We had. just opened Rice Lake in Wheaton a great looking Cineplex House.I loved to make the theatre recording each week. I recall once calling 1-4 the Olympia Dukasis theatre all screens played her movies. Dad,Look who’s Talking,Steel Magnolias.As everyone on this site would say workng in the theatres was the best jobs I ever had. It was a experince to go see a movie if the movie did not play at least 16 wks it was a bomb.Empire played for 50 weeks in a 1000 seat house. Top Gun played 40 weeks and still sold out. Played the movie Tucker and I found Tucker cars to park out front opening week. Man I miss that.

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