Woodfield Mall Cinemas

5 Woodfield Road,
Schaumburg, IL 60173

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rivest266
rivest266 on June 23, 2012 at 1:51 pm

This opened on July 30th, 1971. I uploaded the grand opening ad with picture here.

chapcan
chapcan on May 7, 2010 at 4:23 am

My friend Steve worked at Johnston & Murphy shoes, not Florsheim. I loved working at that mall. You could walk for hours; I’d never seen so many shops! I was always hanging out at Walden Books looking for movie stuff. My Mom’s second job was at Lord & Taylor so I could have whatever I wanted off the reduced rack plus employee discount. I worked in the stock room and the display dept. at Penny’s and never once used my employee discount! Ow! But I think we got reduced theater tickets as well, which was great. Still needed a ride, though!!!I remember getting lost in the parking lot looking for my Mom and my Grandmother after an evening of shopping. I became very anxious and,when I finally saw them in the distance, started to
tear up. It was cold and dark; I didn’t remember if we were in section A, B or AA or BB!!

TLSLOEWS
TLSLOEWS on May 1, 2010 at 12:34 pm

Thanks Cliffordell!Wikipedia is the free BOOK as I call it.

chapcan
chapcan on April 22, 2010 at 7:26 am

Wikipedia has good pics of the inside of the mall

chapcan
chapcan on April 22, 2010 at 6:57 am

I just found ‘77 high school yearbook photos of Gerald Ford’s appearance in the center court of Woodfield Mall- B&W . There are pics somewhere of our choir doing a concert there as well. I was an usher at the Thunderbird in Hoffman Estates; wish I had photos of that!

chapcan
chapcan on April 22, 2010 at 3:57 am

Of course, living in Hoffman from 1961, we went to the Woodfield Mall when it opened-the world’s largest shopping mall. Three levels in the center court, a skating rink and a McDonalds; first time for a fast food restaurant in a mall. I worked at J.C. Penny and had friends that worked at Florsheim Shoes and Chess King.I performed in the court with HEHS choir. There was no theater inside at that time and the Woodfield 1 & 2 freestanding theaters were fabulous because they were new. I recall “The Poseidon Adventure” and “Grease” at this theater. I have not been to Woodfield since.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on August 21, 2009 at 9:03 pm

Boxoffice has uploaded scans of most of its archive to Issuu, a web publishing site. To find items on specific subjects it’s best to use Google advanced search, but once a particular issue of the magazine is opened at Issuu, their internal search will quickly find specific words (only one at a time, alas) within that issue.

CinemarkFan
CinemarkFan on August 21, 2009 at 7:39 pm

Is there any way I can see caps from BO magazine?

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on August 21, 2009 at 4:58 pm

The first theater at the Woodfield Mall was opened to the public by ABC-Great States on July 30, 1971, but had its formal grand opening on September 9 that year. It was a twin screen operation called the Woodfield 1 and 2, and was designed by the architectural firm of Loebl, Schlossman, Bennett & Dart, the same firm that designed the original River Oaks Theatre in Calumet City.

The October 11, 1971, issue of Boxoffice Magazine ran an item about the opening, but failed to mention the seating capacity of the new theater. An earlier Boxoffice item published on February 1, 1971, announcing the groundbreaking for the project, had said that one of the auditoriums would seat 1200, but that the capacity of the other had not yet been announced.

The June 4, 1979, issue of Boxoffice said: “The Woodfield 2 and 3 opened May 25, giving Woodfield 1 and 2 the much-needed room in one of the country’s largest shopping centers.” The use of Woodfield 2 and 3 as the name of the new theaters must have been carelessness on the part of Boxoffice. Later issues refer to the new houses more sensibly as Woodfield 3 and 4.

I’ve been unable to find anything in Boxoffice about the Woodfield 5.

CinemarkFan
CinemarkFan on May 14, 2009 at 6:09 pm

No, that photo is from another theater that was located in nearby Hoffman Estates.

audione74
audione74 on January 20, 2009 at 2:38 pm

If you think Woodfield was confusing, what about River oaks in Calumet City?

brianbobcat
brianbobcat on April 19, 2008 at 9:28 pm

I remember seeing Apollo 13 here with my parents when it came out, and there was a long line waiting outside. We were in the South screen of the 1 & 2 complex, so not sure which screen it was. My bro and I were forced to sit almost in the front row off to the side, so imagine how big the screen was to us. I'l always remember that place because I had a new, large bag of Reece’s Pieces with me, and we all know how hard those are to open. Well I was struggling and struggling with them until all of a sudden the bag ripped open and flung Pieces EVERYWHERE. I was left with maybe a handful or two. I was SO depressed. Also, I don’t know about the woman’s bathroom, but the guy’s was sunken down like 5 stairs and I always joked with my brother that if a bomb ever went off, I’d want to be in the bathroom since it was “under ground” (again, keep in mind I was a kid, so 5 steps was underground to me).

-Brian

CatherineDiMartino
CatherineDiMartino on February 11, 2008 at 5:23 am

The arrangement of having two theatre buildings on the outlots and several more screens inside the mall must have been confusing! Especially if you didn’t know which screen #s were which! I get confused enough with having two theatre buildings at Old Orchard.

JoeStachler
JoeStachler on January 28, 2006 at 7:03 pm

Woodfield Mall started out with four sceens located in two free standing buildings. Theaters 1 and 2 were the two biggest screens and these typically received the newest and most-anticipated films, many times in 70mm. I saw all three of the original “Star Wars” trilogy among countless other films here. Theater 1 had a gaudy yellow, orange, red and purple curtain. Theater 2 might have been the same size (probably was) but if anything it was smaller. The seats were red fabric with a rocking chair mobility. When no one was sitting in them, the seat would flip up against the back.

Theaters 3 and 4 were located in a smaller building to the north of theaters 1 and 2. Again, the more popular films were shown here.

The theaters inside were built in the early 80s in place of the skating rink. A hamburger joint called “John’s Garage” used to have windows overlooking the rink. They were boarded up when the theater went in. Sadly, John’s Garage was recently forced out of Woodfield. I believe there were between 5 and 6 screens on the inner multiplex. This was where the lesser known films would play, and older first run films that were moved from the outdoor theaters.

It’s also worth noting that where the “Streets of Woodfield” are located today was once known as One Schaumburg Place, another mall that had first run theaters. These served as something of a missing link between the classic Woodfield Theaters that were destroyed to what stands today at the Streets of Woodfield.

reiermann
reiermann on July 15, 2005 at 8:37 am

Woodfield has shuffled so many theaters and screens over the years it is hard to keep them straight! There were the very nice large twin theaters in the SE side of the mall lot. It had great sound and projection. Very large screens. I saw several 70mm presentations here. Then there were the twin theaters in the NE corner of the lot. Fairly large with poorer sound and projection than the ones down the lot. Then there were the multi screens actually inside the mall off the center court. These were bad: Very small with postage size screens and shoddy sound. Then there were screens to the south of the Woodfield Mall that were inside another mall. These didn’t last all that long. (Neither did that mall.) Finally (at least so far!) is the huge operation in the Streets of Woodfield. This new one is the fifth site of theaters in and around this mall.

TRAINPHOTOS
TRAINPHOTOS on June 6, 2005 at 6:36 pm

I was at the theatres outside the mall on their last night of operation. The final movie was “Thin Red Line” with John Travolta, John Cuscak, and many more!

hpkid
hpkid on September 23, 2004 at 7:49 am

I thought the in door theaters were still open, I remember seeing “Flowers in the Atic” there in the ‘80s. The outside theaters were much nicer, I saw 2/3 original Star Wars films there.

dstagl
dstagl on July 11, 2004 at 9:14 pm

The theaters in the mall went in roughly about 1985-86. The first movie I remember seeing there was Iron Eagle and that would have been in ‘86. They were pretty lousy theaters, too. Woodfield 1 & 2 outside were great theaters, though!

whitemuthavolpi
whitemuthavolpi on January 20, 2004 at 12:38 pm

The theater had to have been built in the mid to late ‘80’s because I remember skating in the the rink where the mall eventually resided and I wasn’t born until '81.

jimpiscitelli
jimpiscitelli on January 16, 2004 at 12:32 pm

I remember in 1996 the Woodfield Mall Cinemas were playing art movies. I remember seeing “Broken English” (which was NC-17 rated), “Career Girls”, “Niagara,Niagara” and “The Full Monty”.

MovieMan26
MovieMan26 on January 16, 2004 at 6:57 am

In the 1980’s these cinemas were under the plitt theater chain. Soon after cineplex odeon took over.