Yorktown 18 Cinema

97 Yorktown Shopping Center,
Lombard, IL 60148

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Yorktown 18 Cinema

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The Yorktown Cinema was opened as a twin by General Cinemas at the Yorktown shopping center in July, 1970. It was converted into a quad in 1976. In the 1980’s it was increased to six screens.

In 1997, the six-screen cinema was demolished and rebuilt as an 18-screen theater. In 1998 the Yorktown reopened with 17 regular stadium seating theaters and one Premium Cinema.

The Premium Cinema featured a restaurant and a bar. It also featured airline-style seating. In 2002, AMC theaters bought General Cinema.

Contributed by James Piscitelli

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mrpibbles on July 19, 2004 at 2:01 pm

Damn AMC, those money grubbing bastards. I wish they’d left GCC alone.

reiermann on July 6, 2005 at 9:55 am

Saw a lot of first-run mega-hit movies here in the late 70’s and early 80’s: Star Wars, King Kong, Grease, The Wiz, Lion King, Home Alone, Top Gun. As the years progressed and technology changed, so did these theaters. They added digital sound and 70mm projection. I saw Rollercoaster in Sensurround here. I remember they had signs in the lobby warning people in the next door auditorium that they would hear rumbling. When the cinema was still a twin, the main auditorium was very nice in a 70’s kind of way. Vast and a huge screen. The screen was set in a type of blue shadowbox. I used to love the General Cinema logo-promo that played before the movies. For Jaws, my father and I sat in the lobby for the length of two shows. This was the days before a movie would play in several auditoriums. It was very communal and the excitement was almost tangible. I’ve been back to the new AMC theaters that were built on the old site. Nice theaters but do not have the same “feel” as the old Yorktown GCC Cinemas.

l4nd0 on December 3, 2005 at 12:42 pm

The Yorktown 6 was one of the few theaters near Chicago to feature THX certified auditoriums. It’s two primary auditoriums were large and spectacular by multiplex standards. I recall particularly seeing The Rock there in one of the THX auditoriums, and the rerelease of The Empire Strikes Back.

The rebuilt Yorktown 18 still offers THX auditoriums, which is still quite rare around Chicago. The Premium theater is quite nice, the seats are huge and in a auditorium configuration. The screen is small, but of the correct size for the premium auditorium, which is also small.

rivest266 on January 12, 2006 at 5:58 pm

This theatre opened as a twin on July 3, 1970, I have the ad to prove it.

barryr on July 6, 2006 at 10:01 pm

My final visit to the old Yorktown was in ‘97 when I took my son to see the special edition of “Return of the Jedi.” It was the most stunning presentation I’d ever experienced—bright, clear image and crisp THX sound. Was therefore amazed to drive by there some weeks later and see that it had been torn down! We really like the new theaters that have gone up in their place, but can’t help wondering…what was wrong with the old ones? (Actually, I can answer that myself: there weren’t as many screens, and more screens mean more $$$$!)

Curfdce on March 3, 2007 at 1:53 pm

I would like to take a second to correct some of the posts here. The address is actually 80 Yorktown Center. And it seems to be thought by several people here that AMC tore down the origional building to put up the new one. However this isn’t the case. General Cinema had torn down their building and rebuilt the new 18 screen building and used it for long time before AMC bought out General Cinema.

GCCguy on June 4, 2008 at 7:46 pm

Take a look at this web page for some pictures of the Premium Cinema and the food that was available.

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rivest266 on June 24, 2012 at 1:09 pm

The original twin cinema opened on July 3rd, 1970. I uploaded the grand opening ad here.

rivest266 on June 24, 2012 at 1:09 pm

The 18-plex opened on April 3rd, 1998,

Xave on January 8, 2013 at 10:09 pm

The first movie I saw at yorktown 17 was “The Powerpuff Girls Movie”.

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