Webster Place Theaters

1471 W. Webster Avenue,
Chicago, IL 60614

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Webster Place 11

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Opened on July 20, 1988 as an eight screener in the Webster Place shopping center (located on Webster Avenue, off Lincoln Park’s Clybourn Avenue “Corridor”), the theater was built for M & R Amusements, but that local chain was acquired by Loews not long after the multiplex opened.

In 1998, three more screens were added, increasing the theatre to eleven screens. In 2006, the Webster Place became part of the Kerasotes chain. The Webster Place received a much-needed remodeling in fall of 2007.

On May 25, 2010, it was taken over by Regal Entertainment. AMC acquired certain Kerasotes theatre locations, including this one, then sold them on to Regal.

Contributed by Bryan Krefft

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Robin Roz
Robin Roz on March 31, 2008 at 4:04 pm

Kudos to Kerasotes! This is now a great place to see a show again.

CatherineDiMartino
CatherineDiMartino on October 15, 2008 at 5:21 pm

Per Kerasotes' website, they have already abandoned the short-lived reserved seating policy. That didn’t last too long! I guess at the movies people wanna sit where they wanna sit.

DavidZornig
DavidZornig on October 30, 2008 at 3:40 pm

I remember seeing “Basic Instinct” at the Webster Place Theatres when it came out. The lines were extremely long. Our goal was to get tickets and go over to Pequods or Flounders until closer to showtime. However the large crowds meant staying there until the next show. Cause they were doing the ropes and head count thing, and not really checking tickets.

There were some protesters on site who were vocally objecting to the film’s depiction of a bisexual female lead played by Sharon Stone, as being prone to violence and a killer.
The heavy press coverage of that distinction likely caused larger crowds to sell out many of the initial showings.
Which in turn caused some of the protestors to essentially be drowned out and basically a non factor to sales, if that was one of their goals.

I’m not sure if Webster had the escalators or not before the remodeling. If so, they were possibly shut off to accomodate the large crowds waiting for the next showings. Because I remember standing for a long period on the stairs. I remember thinking fire code should have an issue with that large of a crowd waiting inside the building, with an already full theatre. And us on the common stairs out.

The last thing I saw recently at Webster Place was “Juno”.
The trick there now is to make sure you park in the correct lot for the theatre, and not the adjacent strip mall lot. Something I did twice, got right, and still don’t know how.
The cost for accidental mall parking was higher than that for the validated theatre parking. A security guard just happened to mention it. The theatre had not. And we again had already secured tickets.

DavidZornig
DavidZornig on January 22, 2009 at 7:54 pm

Saw “Gran Torino” at Webster Place 11 on 01/19/09.
$10.75 each for adults, plus $2.00 for validated, automated parking. (Remember to park in the multi-level lot to qualify for discount. Open air strip mall lot is apparently still not inclusive to the theaters.)

Webster Place 11 was very clean with a uniformed staff. Visibly armed security guard seemed like overkill. But I assume only they know what they might encounter on a regular basis. Carpeting & restrooms were spotless.
Typical high prices for the ever shrinking sized snack items. Potbelly across the street seemed the better value for killing time. Short of staring at the mass of treadmill users in the gym’s window.

Elevator from the parking lot had an obvious recoat of flat black paint, to combat past or ongoing graffiti. Carpet was beat, but it is mid January. Surrounding sidewalks remained unshoveled.

What’s with all the TV show & Coke commercials before the trailers? They even offer advertising opportunities within the same.

It still amazes me how much trash gets left behind, in just two hours time. Hats off to the clean-up staff for their diligence.

CinemarkFan
CinemarkFan on May 24, 2010 at 4:58 pm

I got this in my email today

“Dear Five Buck Club Member of City North 14 and Webster Place,

I wrote you recently about AMC’s acquisition of the Kerasotes Theatres. In a subsequent transaction, AMC has sold the City North 14 and Webster Place to Regal Cinemas. Regal will take over management of these two locations effective May 25, 2010.

We have been asked by Regal to inform you that they will not be honoring Five Buck Club cards after they assume operation of these locations on May 25, 2010.

Thank you for your patronage.

Sincerely,

Tony Kerasotes"

Paul Fortini
Paul Fortini on May 25, 2010 at 7:29 pm

Why did Kerasotes bail so quickly?

Their cinemas were way better than AMC’s were.

They just renovated this place too. It was good again! Let’s see if Regal runs it into the ground.

TLSLOEWS
TLSLOEWS on July 16, 2010 at 3:54 pm

That could happen Paul.

Tim O'Neill
Tim O'Neill on August 11, 2011 at 4:18 am

As of August 10, 2011, the Webster Place is all-digital projection.

rivest266
rivest266 on June 28, 2012 at 5:41 pm

2007 grand re-opening ad posted in the photo section for this cinema.

Tim O'Neill
Tim O'Neill on July 18, 2013 at 10:58 pm

Okay; I went to the microfilm room at the Harold Washington Library in Chicago earlier today and it is confirmed: the M&R Webster Place Theatres opened on Wednesday, July 20, 1988. It opened with DIE HARD, MIDNIGHT RUN and BAMBI; each movie showing on 2 screens. On Friday, July 22, the theatre opened 3 other movies including CADDYSHACK II, BIG TOP PEE WEE and THE DECLINE OF WESTERN CIVILIZATION: THE METAL YEARS. This Saturday, July 20, will be the 25th Anniversary of the opening of this theatre complex. 3 more screens were added in 1998.

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