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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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on June 3, 2011 at 8:06 pm

Here is a link to the Boxoffice item I cited in a previous comment. There is an artist’s rendering of the original Oakbrook Cinema.

tnash73 on March 25, 2012 at 7:19 pm


 I worked @ 5-7 from 1997- 2000, and glad to find other people who have fond memories of the theaters.

In response to a question posed earlier, 1-4 has not been redevolped. I’m not sure if it will, since customers had such a hard time finding it

rivest266 on June 24, 2012 at 11:05 am

This opened on December 25th, 1964. I uploaded an grand opening ad with a picture in the photo section for this cinema.

tnash73 on September 25, 2012 at 8:03 pm


I just created a group on Facebook for former employees of oakBrook theater (group is for employees of 1-4, and 5-7)
theatrelifer on December 13, 2012 at 2:35 am

Tnash, I can’t seem to find the Facebbok page

tnash73 on December 26, 2012 at 6:57 pm

theaterlifer: The group is called former employees of oakbrook (IL) theater

tnash73 on December 26, 2012 at 6:59 pm

Here is a link to the fb group https://www.facebook.com/#!/groups/527684100582418/?fref=ts

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 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 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.

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