Ford City 14 Theaters

7601 S. Cicero Avenue,
Chicago, IL

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The Ford City was originally operated by General Cinema. It was originally two different theaters, the six-screen Ford City and a triplex (Ford City East) located in the Ford City Mall in the southwest side of Chicago. It was equipped with 70mm projection. In 1990, the theater became known as Ford City 14Theaters. It was one of the largest megaplex theaters of its day. In 2002, AMC took over the Ford City 14.

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GCCguy
GCCguy on June 4, 2008 at 3:28 pm

There was only one woman who went into labor during the showing of Earthquake at Ford City Cinema while I was there. I hope it was not your mom!

GCCguy
GCCguy on June 4, 2008 at 5:14 pm

I stumbled onto an interesting web site:
http://generalcinematheatres.com/

When it first loads, it even plays the old GCC music that started every feature presentation. The links on the left still work. Under Corporate Info there are a lot of pictures, including Dick Smith, President, and Howard Spiess who spent a lot of time at Ford City Cinema.

The locations link has locations as they existed in 1999 and in 1983 complete with addreses. Be sure to click the Shoppers World link to see the story and links to lots of pictures of the original GCC in Framingham Mass.

jpolous
jpolous on June 4, 2008 at 9:37 pm

Gccguy – No.. It was not my mom.

CinemarkFan
CinemarkFan on June 4, 2008 at 10:42 pm

Does anyone know what sits on the site of the old Ford City Cinemas?

robertrdhansen
robertrdhansen on June 5, 2008 at 7:12 pm

Yes, as of last summer, the space once occupied by the old theaters contained some stores which are part of the Ford City Mall: Marshall’s, Famous Footwear and Old Navy. This is at approximately 74th St., just east of Cicero Ave.

CinemarkFan
CinemarkFan on June 5, 2008 at 9:49 pm

Thanks for the info Bob. And say, what sits on the site of Ford City East?

robertrdhansen
robertrdhansen on January 28, 2009 at 1:15 pm

Sorry I took so long to respond! The Ford City East shopping center (still called that, I think), which included the theaters, now has a Gertie’s Ice Cream/Lindy’s Chili restaurant and some other small businesses. It’s partially empty and looks kind of desolate (except for Gertie’s). It’s not in a very good location for businesses.

Here’s a realtor’s link with info on the property:
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rivest266
rivest266 on June 25, 2012 at 2:21 pm

May 27th, 1966 grand opening ad has been posted here.

Cyberyan
Cyberyan on September 22, 2012 at 5:05 pm

Hey CinemarkFan, bit late reading your post but I was in Old Ford City 3 after I lucked out with Harlem Corners and River Oaks 7-8. The main area of the space is still looking good no one has been inside since 91-93 for lease. The concession area is still up, the second floor projector rooms looked alright. The problem is the bathrooms were completely gutted and not repaired, all 3 screens are torn to shreds, and alot of seats were broken or totally removed.

Mister_Comics
Mister_Comics on January 5, 2013 at 9:24 am

Here is the link to the current Ford City Mall directory map. http://shopfordcitymall.s3.amazonaws.com/shopfordcitymall/files/Ford_City_Directory_9.91.png
The original theater was located across from Carson’s on 76th St. The theater was moved to were a car dealer was once located on 77th St. in a new building. More like the theaters today. They still use their old address for some strange reason. Maybe cause its still in the mall area? I live near there in Burbank so I know the area pretty well and still go to this mall a lot. I remember the old theater quite well. Nice theater as I remember. I’m not a fan of the newer one though.

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