Deerbrook Cinema

180 S. Waukegan Road,
Deerfield, IL 60015

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Deerbrook Cinema (General Cinema), Deerfield, IL

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Located in Deerfield’s Deerbrook Mall on Waukegan Road, the Deerbrook Cinema was originally opened in the mid-70s as a twin. During the mid-80s, two more auditoriums were added to the theater. The Deerbrook was operated by General Cinema. This rather plain theater was closed in 2001.

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Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on January 31, 2011 at 4:55 pm

Please explain super break I worked for GCC,Assistant Mgr,NEVER heard of it.Of course,I was with GCC in the early Eighties.

mrneil on January 31, 2011 at 5:42 pm

The Superbreak is a case of the inmates ruling the asylum. At GCC, Assistant Managers were so over-worked that they routinely camped out in their office during off peak hours (most likely napping or watching UHF T.V.). Thus, they were oblivious to all the shenagins going on in the lobby during this time.

GCC was horribly cheap. They paid minimum wage to everyone (back in 1983 it was $3.35 per hour, being 16 I was paid sub-minimum at $2.85 per hour). This cheapness led to three types of employee groups: the under 20 group, the over 20 group (severely socially dysfunctional), and employees who stole money.

As the fraternity of young employees with some intelligence realized that the typical Assistant Manager made about the same hourly rate as the dysfunctional slackers; the inmates started to push the status quo. Slacking became a hobby.

The ultimate outcome of this hobby was the Superbreak. A Superbreak occurred when a pair of employees disappeared during the 3:00 pm matinee “rush” on a Saturday or Sunday when “zero” patrons showed for the movies. It was a horrible lack of professionalism and a sign of severe disrespect to the mighty GCC. What made it worse was the gloating by the said 16 year olds when they came back from Venture or Tasty Platter at 4:30 p.m.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on January 31, 2011 at 6:30 pm

you’re right I made a Salary I think was $150.00 a week.With Kid shows, Midnight Shows,having to come in usually at 10am every morning even though the show wouldn’t start til 1:00 pm and we ran at least six shows aday,yep managers got the short end even selling R.A.T’s,we figured just the Assistants and Chief of Staff was averaging about $1.60 an hour;less than our B.O.Girls,concession,and Doormen.We never could really slack off during Peak times at REGENCY I,II,and III in Augusta,Ga.,but we did our share of a lot of the stuff you guys did and really loved every second.

mrneil on February 1, 2011 at 8:46 pm

Mike, you made more than $150 per week, but not much more. The Egyptians to Moses were less oppressive than GCC corporate management to GCC assistant managers. I struggle to think of a less abused class of management in my 43 years of life.

My point is that GCC sucked.

I agree with you that had a great time working for the man, but a company that expects you to change movie times on a backlit sign, 25 ft. above the ground, at 9:30pm on a Thursday for a rate a $2.85 per hour, even in November, December, January, or February is simply crazy, doesn’t give a fuck, or both. The reason that the plastic letters were beat to shit was becase the minimum wage paid fuck heads putting up the sign were pissed that they had to perform a life threatening task for nothing. We (not me of course) simply chucked the stupid letters to the ground when it pleased us! (um…them). If they broke (not the stupid fuck heads changing the sign, the plastic letters) no problem from management’s point of view. Simply, turn a 3 upside down and you get an “E”, Mr. Neil.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on February 2, 2011 at 7:40 pm

Lol,Lol, At Regency Mall I,II,and III we somehow had our janitor change the both Road Marquees almost 90% of the time. Coming from Plitt has a House Manager,fancy name for assistant I KNOW,We pretty much came in an hour or so before the theatre opened.I never could understand all this coming in at 10am everyday,especially,in the Winter Months. Honestly,I really can’t remember what all we did at 10am til 1pm when a movie would start.Had a lot of wrap sessions about the business,long lunch at the Mall which was usually free when movie passes were handed out to 21 year old fast food managers in the food court,I am sure you guys did the same thing.Maybe,i made around 200.00 a week,at Plitt it was hourly pay,Had GCC been that with all the hours we all put in,i would have had quite a paycheck from Boston or Chestnut Hill,Mr.Neil it would have been Blood Money,I know. Heck, I stll got my dark blue blazer from GCC in my closet right now.And a tie.I think you guys got the neater ones by your time concerning the Ties.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on February 2, 2011 at 7:42 pm

Oh yes, I forgot a “U” could ne an “N” upside down.

MrBob on March 27, 2011 at 9:39 am

Remember having to pop “cron” upstairs? Management would make some slacker go and pop say, 100 lbs. They’d fill up a super size drink with their favorite beverage and begrudgingly stomp upstairs and prepare for hours of boredom with the knowledge that they will spend the rest of the evening smelling like stale popcorn. In order to speed up the process of popping the 100lbs, some employees would attempt the shortcut know as the dreaded “double batch”. This was putting in twice as much seed into the popper then it was designed to handle.

Rather than start popping in 30 seconds, and overflowing the popper in about 2 minutes, this would take about 1.5 minutes to start and 3 minutes to finish and lead to a half full popper of half popped / half burnt kernels. The employee could shave a full minute off of 2 batches, finish up 1/3 quicker, with the only negative cost being the production of 100lbs of an inedible product. Seemed like a fair trade-off for minimum wage!

ayim on April 1, 2011 at 12:10 am

I remember we didn’t get paid extra for working on the holidays. I wonder if movie theater workers are still getting the shaft on that. I wish I could get back in touch with Scott Thomas or Roden Desacola.

rdesacola on December 14, 2011 at 10:41 am

lol… brings back memories :)

aek316 on October 6, 2013 at 9:37 pm

The general cinemas sign was taken off the outside of the mall building recently :(. Is something finally happening with the theater I wonder?

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