AMC Yorktown 18

97 Yorktown Shopping Center,
Lombard, IL 60148

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AMC Yorktown 18

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The Yorktown Cinema was opened as a twin by General Cinemas at the Yorktown Shopping Center on July 3, 1970. Two more screens were added on August 13, 1976. In the late-1980’s it was increased to six screens. In 1997, the six-screen cinema was demolished.

In 1997/1998 it was rebuilt as an 18-screen theater and opened April 3, 1998 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 Theatres bought General Cinema.

Contributed by James Piscitelli

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barryr
barryr on July 6, 2006 at 7:01 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
Curfdce on March 3, 2007 at 10:53 am

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
GCCguy on June 4, 2008 at 4:46 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
rivest266 on June 24, 2012 at 10:09 am

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

rivest266
rivest266 on June 24, 2012 at 10:09 am

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

Xave
Xave on January 8, 2013 at 7:09 pm

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

Scott Neff
Scott Neff on May 27, 2014 at 6:40 pm

An old internal document from GCC shows that they operated three Yorktown Cinemas in Lombard, IL.

Yorktown Cinema 6 at 80 Yorktown Shopping Center 7/3/70-4/6/97

Yorktown Cinema at 97 Yorktown Shopping Center 8/13/76-10/31/92 –

Yorktown Cinema 18 at 80 Yorktwon Shopping Center Opening on 11/7/96.

I assume that perhaps the 97 Yorktown address was inside the mall and the 80 was outside?

DAL
DAL on May 30, 2014 at 9:31 pm

The description in the overview has it correct. The building was built as a twin, then had two screens added onto it in ‘76. At some point (maybe '92, but possibly before) the large house was triplexed to make it a six. Then the replacement 18 was built on the site of the demolished six. It was never in the mall; it was always at the same site east of the mall next to Butterfield Road.

rivest266
rivest266 on November 9, 2016 at 3:24 am

April 3rd, 1998 grand opening ad in the photo section.

rivest266
rivest266 on November 15, 2016 at 4:03 am

The August 13th, 1976 grand opening as a 4-plex has been uploaded.

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