Northgate Theaters

1000 N. Rohlwing Road,
Lombard, IL 60148

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This short-lived theater opened in 1993 with six screens. It was a second-run venue. In its last two years of being open, it was showing first-run features, but that didn’t stop the theater from closing. The theater kept losing money because of the location it was in.

This theater was located in the Northgate Shopping Center just down the street from the defunct Villa Park Cinema. In January 2000, the theater was closed, and two years later, was converted into a nightclub, which itself only lasted a couple of years. It later became a banquet hall, and currently is home to the Brauerhouse, a live music venue and restaurant.

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JohnSanchez
JohnSanchez on February 9, 2004 at 8:34 am

I visited the Northgate on a few occasions. Not only did they show second run films but charged only one dollar to get in. They also had midnight showings of classic films such as “Taxi Driver” and “Dr Strangelove”. The location was odd as it was behind the shopping center and hard to find. I will say I was surprised when it closed as each time I went the theater was crowded.

MovieMan26
MovieMan26 on February 14, 2004 at 1:38 pm

You could also smoke in the lobby, I haven’t seen that
since the 1980’s.

reiermann
reiermann on July 14, 2005 at 5:44 am

Very short-lived theaters. It was a nice “strip-mall” type of theater. I saw two films here: Dennis the Menace and Wolf. I’m surprised they didn’t last that long.

Life's Too Short
Life's Too Short on November 11, 2005 at 5:24 am

The nightclub is closed. The building is vacant. It sits right next to the Harlem Furniture corporate offices.

Paul Fortini
Paul Fortini on December 6, 2005 at 3:11 am

Does anybody know why this theatre closed? It seems like it was successful. What a waste of an almost-new building (though not as wasteful as the huge Loews 20 North Versailles, which closed after only one year).

Also, was this theatre part of a chain, or was it independent?

jimpiscitelli
jimpiscitelli on December 15, 2005 at 2:03 pm

Saw a few movies at the Northgate, “The Client”, “Timecop”, “Tomorrow Never Dies”, etc. The admission was $1.00 before 6pm, $1.50 after 6pm. In 1999 it briefly had shown first-run movies before going back to second-run before it closed. The Northgate had very good business. Every time I went it was always crowded. It was part of the Value Theaters chain.

malicedoom
malicedoom on June 7, 2006 at 5:50 am

I’ve always felt this place killed itself with the attempt to go first-run.

I remember it always being crowded during its initial phase as a second-run theatre, but it went completely DEAD when they attempted to go first-run (although I did see a few films there during that time and their presentation was very nice – good projectionists), and then it was still pretty empty when they attempted to ‘recover’ and go back to second-run (even lowering the prices to $1.00, all shows, every day).

I could be wrong, but it seems like they had a good thing and then ruined it by trying to change things and were never able to bounce back. A shame – it was a nice place.

Paul Fortini
Paul Fortini on January 2, 2007 at 7:23 am

This place was apparantly very similar to the Harlem Corners Cinema. Same architect? Both were operated by Value Theatres.

The Bricktown, the Northgate, and the Rolling Meadows are probably Chicagoland’s shortest-lived multi-plexes (11 years for the Bricktown, 8 years for the Northgate, and 7 for the Rolling Meadows.

CatherineDiMartino
CatherineDiMartino on July 13, 2009 at 6:17 pm

Anything happening with this place?

musicformovies
musicformovies on February 25, 2010 at 4:54 pm

i loved this theater!! I could actually see movies without breaking my piggy bank. I didn’t care that it was second-run movies. I had a wonderful time, and was sorry to see it go.

I agree with ‘malicedoom’ that the first run change up was a bad move.

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