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-1970’s as a twin. During the mid-1980’s, two more auditoriums were added to the theater. The Deerbrook was operated by General Cinema. This rather plain theater was closed in 2001. It and the mall were demolished in April 2017.

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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?

jonrev on May 26, 2016 at 11:59 pm

I was talking to someone recently who apparently worked security at Deerbrook. Supposedly the screening rooms are now totally flooded with water.

optimist008 on May 27, 2016 at 10:08 am

Spoke to a National Amusements Managing Director who said the their schedule is supposed to be a 50 hour week, but usually ends up being 60 hours. An assistant manager in the same theater told me he worked a double shift from 9AM to 1AM in one day. Divide these hours by their salaries and it must be quite pitiful. The typical working hours in these multiplexes are worse than ever…imagine a female manager locking up at 3:30 AM as is the case now..

orsonwellescinema on March 30, 2017 at 8:49 pm

I remember seeing Videodrome and Spaceballs there.

jonrev on April 22, 2017 at 1:06 am

This theater – along with the mall interior – is now in demo.

MrBob on April 22, 2017 at 6:39 am

I can’t help but think of all the poor homeless cockroaches!

Broan on May 10, 2017 at 9:36 am

Jonrev, can you please post some of your great pics here?

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