Bricktown Square Cinema

6420 W. Fullerton Avenue,
Chicago, IL 60707

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This six-plex was opened in 1989 near the now-demolished Brickyard Shopping Center by the Cineplex-Odeon chain. It was located in the Galewood neighborhood on Fullerton Avenue at Narragansett Avenue across from Riis Park.

This theater was originally equipped to show 70mm films. In the late 90s, the Meridian chain took over the Bricktown Square. The theater closed in 2000, and was later gutted with a fitness center taking over the space.

Contributed by Bryan Krefft

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alex35mm
alex35mm on March 17, 2010 at 8:13 am

Talk about a short lifespan! Besides the mall failing around, I gather this place had some serious managerial issues towards the end.

JamesPiscitelli
JamesPiscitelli on January 26, 2012 at 7:24 pm

I do remember seeing a few movies there in 1991 and 1992 “Strictly Business”, “JFK”, “Mo' Money” and “A Few Good Men”. The theatre was nice and clean during that time years before it fell apart.

Paul Fortini
Paul Fortini on June 7, 2012 at 9:24 pm

Does anybody have any photos of this place?

CSWalczak
CSWalczak on June 7, 2012 at 10:05 pm

There are pictures of the former theater after it became a Sportmart on its entry page at CinemaTour. The design was used for a number of other theaters around the Midwest especially.

lana69
lana69 on June 8, 2012 at 3:36 am

I remember that theater…Is it gone?

Paul Fortini
Paul Fortini on June 9, 2012 at 1:39 pm

CSWalczak,

I was hoping to find photos of it as a cinema. I don’t think Cinema Tour is correct. A gym went in there, not a Sportmart. Although that arch on the Sportmart makes it look like a 1990s Loews design.

CSWalczak
CSWalczak on June 9, 2012 at 5:44 pm

I don’t know, PF; you can move around in the Google street level photo above and move in close into the shopping center and you can see that the building pictured on the Cinema Tour page is still there, now branded Sports Authority. I think the gym may be a new build, at least by its pictures on other websites. I will be up in that area in about a month and I will look around.

Broan
Broan on June 9, 2012 at 5:50 pm

They’re right next to each other. I would guess the cinemas were in the gym, looks about right for a six-plex, but they could have extended into the Sport space too.

CSWalczak
CSWalczak on June 9, 2012 at 7:27 pm

Also, the address of the Sports Authority is the same as that for the theater – 6420 W. Fullerton.

aek316
aek316 on July 19, 2012 at 12:38 am

I grew up in the area and went to this theater many times. The Bricktown Square was solely in the gym space. Sportmart and the theater were built and were opened at the same time. Cinematour is wrong. I would really like to see pictures of the Bricktown before it closed too, but I haven’t been able to find anything online. I remember seeing Back to the Future 3 here opening weekend. It played on 4 of the 6 screens! This was a great theater, but the area surrounding it did it in as well as it being sold to short lived Meridian Theaters. I am still surprised Loews didn’t acquire this theater when they bought out Cineplex Odeon-

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