Moviemax Cinemas

9180 W. Golf Road,
Niles, IL 60714

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Broan on August 11, 2014 at 1:57 pm

Changed the name to Moviemax Cinemas last month. For the description, note that Phoenix Big Cinemas was just an arm of Phoenix Adlabs, so it’s misleading.

Life's Too Short
Life's Too Short on July 27, 2012 at 11:41 am

How soon we forget. The notion that Village Theaters ever existed completely slipped my mind. The fact that it was run like a criminal front operation probably has something to do with that.

rivest266 on June 23, 2012 at 7:10 am

June 8th, 1984 grand opening ad has been uploaded here.

Trolleyguy on December 24, 2011 at 2:38 pm

Most assuredly open. I had lunch at the Filipino restaurant next door to the theater yesterday. A steady stream of customers were seen going to the Bollywood matinees.

rivest266 on December 16, 2011 at 2:13 pm

No showtimes at the Big Cinemas/Phoenix website. Is this theatre closed again?

The theatre’s Yelp page at is full of bad reviews for this cinema.

Chronos on October 27, 2011 at 5:16 pm

Mike I saw KArate Kid there too. Right around Labor Day of 84. Also saw Secret of the Sword(He Man movie) and Iron Eagle.

Paul Fortini
Paul Fortini on November 19, 2010 at 11:44 am

What a change between now and its Village or C-O days.

Mike1997 on May 8, 2010 at 5:16 pm

I remember when the Golf Glen opened back in the summer of ‘84. I was a teenager at Maine East High School and the first movie I saw there was KARATE KID. I also remember seeing BACHELOR PARTY, CONAN THE DESTROYER, ELECTRIC DREAMS and REVENGE OF THE NERDS that same year there, too. I liked to grab a bite with my friends after a movie at the Omega restaurant, which was located in the same strip mall. It was never my favorite place to see movies, because it was so small and unimpressive. I’d rather watch the big blockbusters and must-sees at the nearby Golf Mill and Old Orchard theaters and usually check out a lot of the smaller films and B-movies at the Glen. I saw almost every 80s horror, action and sex comedy released from '84 to '90 there, including: CREATURE, JUST ONE OF THE GUYS, PORKY’S 3: PORKY’S REVENGE, HELLRAISER, PHANTASM II, PRINCE OF DARKNESS, NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET 2: FREDDY’S REVENGE, BREAKIN’ 2: ELECTRIC BOOGALOO, THE HIDDEN, DEADLY FRIEND, THE WRAITH, DEAD AGAIN, UNDER THE CHERRY MOON, BIG TROUBLE IN LITTLE CHINA, WANTED DEAD OR ALIVE, INVASION U.S.A., MISSING IN ACTION and PREDATOR. I don’t think I saw any films there at all in the 90’s. It was definitely a product of the era.

Trolleyguy on August 11, 2009 at 8:01 am

Status should be changed to open, Indian movies.

Here’s what it looks like now.

Very flashy and certainly more attractive than the plain exterior the theater used to have.

joesampson on June 23, 2009 at 6:48 pm

I went to the Golf Glen many times because it was close by, but I didn’t like it. Some of the screens were so small, on par with the old Woodfield indoor. I remember walking in to see Gremlins 2 the day it opened and they played it on the smallest screen. It seemed like the size of a bedroom wall. That being said, it didn’t stop me from going back.

The Hidden, Prince of Darkness (Halloween 1987), No Man’s Land. Others I can’t remember.

The last was either Vegas Vacation or the movie where Howie Long was a firefighter.

Trolleyguy on June 4, 2009 at 8:57 am

The Golf Glen reopened on May 30. Their website shows 5 screens with a restaurant/bar, presumably built into the 6th auditorium.

Yep, it’s all Bollywood features.

aek316 on April 17, 2009 at 8:38 pm

I went to dinner in the area today and drove by the theater afterwards. What a difference a couple of months makes! It looks from the outside like a modern theater all shiny and new! The poster cases were illuminated outside and even the marquee was redone. I couldn’t really see inside because the doors were still covered in paper, but it looks like from the lighting that there was a complete overhaul done in the lobby too. I was kind of hoping to see some 2nd run movies shown here, but regardless, I definitely have to stop in and check out what they’ve done to the place when it opens (anyone know when that is?). A part of me is a little sad there will be no more Cineplex Odeon decor inside, but I guess Village Theaters is the only chain that does zero renovations to the theaters they reopen. All in all, good to see someone do something positive to an older theater rather then carve it up for retail or make it into a church or gym.

Trolleyguy on April 1, 2009 at 3:56 pm

This is welcome news! The plaza has a number of ethnic restaurants for a pre or post-show meal.and a great deal of parking.

So if you want to sample Bollywood movies and other south Asian films, it would be the place to go. I know I’ll be there.

CinemarkFan on March 30, 2009 at 12:05 pm

They may have turned screen six into a eatery or so.

Good to see that an 80’s era theater is still fighting the good fight. It’s 25th anniversary is June 8th.

GFeret on March 30, 2009 at 11:21 am

GolfGlen re-opening as a BIG CINEMAS Theatre, or so the recent sign change there says.

Trolleyguy on March 8, 2009 at 6:46 pm

We were by this theater today, enjoying a meal at our favorite Filipino restaurant which is in the same mall. We noticed some progress being made on the outside of the theater, even though there is still construction fencing around it. There are colored lights inside and the outside has stylized changes made to its facade. The poster boxes are in place and look to have been refurbished. More than likely will be a Bollywood venue, given the name of the contractor working on it.

Given the across the board success of “Slumdog Millionaire”, there might be hope for the old place after all. It could draw folks in who normally wouldn’t consider Indian films.

rnfnr1 on January 20, 2009 at 12:09 am

Has anyone heard of any updates about this theater? I see some work is going on but I haven’t heard anything on it in a while.

aek316 on April 30, 2008 at 9:11 pm

Thanks for the link, BW. It’ll be interesting to see what kind of a range of films they show here and how exstensive the remodel is. I plan on visiting once it reopens. The Golf Glen is proving to have 9 lives! This will be it’s 3rd reopening! How many theaters can say that?!

Robin Roz
Robin Roz on April 22, 2008 at 11:43 am

Oh, I hope I’m not starting a rumor here!

I did, however, hear such a rumor and I was wondering what the others on this site have heard!

aek316 on April 21, 2008 at 7:38 pm

I agree with BW’s comments about the probable future for Golf Glen, but I’d prefer a second run theater when it reopens. I have nothing against Bollywood, and look forward to seeing what Adlabs will do to the theater (last I was at Golf Glen maybe 3 years ago some general repairs and renovations were definitely needed, but the theater was in pretty good condition for a 20+ year old theater and as I’ve commented before it’s good to see an old Cineplex remnant revived), but I sorely miss having a 2nd run theater nearby. Second run houses are a dying art. I miss having value theaters like Harlem Corners and Morton Grove around. Great second run houses where you could see a movie for a buck on select days. Nowadays, where to go? Lagrange is kind of a trek for me, and the Logan is problematic due to lack of sufficient parking. Having a second run within 20 mins of me would be great.

Some of the other theaters in the area that show Bollywood movies like Blommingdale Court and Lincoln Village have both American and Bollywood features playing. Maybe Adlabs will do the same at Golf Glen? Time will tell I guess. I hope Robin S' rumor will prove to be true, at least partially!

Broan on April 21, 2008 at 8:05 am

It’s possible, but I really doubt it. Reading that article, you would get the impression that it would be American films, but I can’t see why India’s largest chain would operate it as such, especially considering the large Indian population in the apartment area surrounding it and to the east along Dempster and Golf, the same population which has supported the Des Plaines Theater. If they were just going to run it the same way as it was before, why go through the trouble and expense of remodeling it?

Robin Roz
Robin Roz on April 21, 2008 at 6:12 am

I heard a rumor that it will re-open as a second-run theater and not a Bollywood one.

Broan on March 19, 2008 at 9:22 pm

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Despite earlier indications that the Golf Glen’s movie days were over for good, The Golf Glen is slated to reopen under India’s largest movie chain, taking advantage of the large Indian population nearby. This likely spells the end of the nearby Des Plaines Theater’s bollywood period.

aek316 on January 10, 2008 at 10:23 pm

I passed by this theater today and noticed there are no more for lease signs on the building like the last time when I was in the area. I took a look inside and it looks relatively the same inside as when I last saw a movie here circa 2004 aside from the neon signs being stripped from the concession stand, the poster cases removed from the walls and there were a few ceiling tiles on the floor of the lobby. Other then that, the place looked relatively intact. Is it possible someone bought this place again? If so, some remodeling is definitely in order. It’ll be interesting to see if anythin is happening with this Cineplex Odeon remnant. I have to admit in reading some other posts about other former cineplex odeon theaters (like Lincoln Village 1-6 or North RIverside), I have a somewhat curious fascination with the old CO theaters as well. It’d be kind of neat to keep a few of these late 80’s early 90’s timepieces alive. I plan on going to Lincoln Village before it closes (anyone know when it’s scheduled to close?) and may even consider a matinee at North Riverside where I saw many movies in my youth to see how or if they’ve changed any since CO’s demise. I find it fascinating that Cineplex opened multiple theaters in my area (Brickyard, Oak Brook, North Riverside) and they all closed so quickly. Village purchased many of the remaining ones, but they all went under so quickly. Truly a shame, a big piece of my early moviegoing experiences will soon be merely a footnote in the history of Chicago cinema. Anyhow, anyone hear anything about Golf Glen?