Webster Place Theaters

1471 W. Webster Avenue,
Chicago, IL 60614

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DavidZornig
DavidZornig on December 17, 2014 at 2:01 pm

Webster Place is now ALL reserved seating. This policy began about two months ago according to the ticket agent. So people buy their tickets online in advance, and hold the good seats before they ever arrive. Walk-ins must choose from whatever is left. Had to take two on the far left side aisle for “Gone Girl”. The auditorium was empty until 5 minutes before start time.

rivest266
rivest266 on November 23, 2014 at 11:43 am

July 20th, 1988 grand opening ad in photo section.

Tim O'Neill
Tim O'Neill on June 28, 2014 at 4:58 pm

I wanted to correct something in the “previous operator” section of this overview. Cineplex Odeon never operated the Webster Place Theatres. In order, since 1988: M&R Amusement Companies; M&R Loews; Loews; Sony; Loews Cineplex; AMC Loews; Kerasotes; Regal.

Tim O'Neill
Tim O'Neill on June 28, 2014 at 4:53 pm

Webster Place Theatres now have recliner seats. See photo in photo section.

Tim O'Neill
Tim O'Neill on July 18, 2013 at 8:58 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.

rivest266
rivest266 on June 28, 2012 at 3:41 pm

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

Tim O'Neill
Tim O'Neill on August 11, 2011 at 2:18 am

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

TLSLOEWS
TLSLOEWS on July 16, 2010 at 1:54 pm

That could happen Paul.

Paul Fortini
Paul Fortini on May 25, 2010 at 5:29 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.

CinemarkFan
CinemarkFan on May 24, 2010 at 2:58 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"

DavidZornig
DavidZornig on January 22, 2009 at 5:54 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.

DavidZornig
DavidZornig on October 30, 2008 at 1:40 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.

CatherineDiMartino
CatherineDiMartino on October 15, 2008 at 3:21 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.

Robin Roz
Robin Roz on March 31, 2008 at 2:04 pm

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

Paul Fortini
Paul Fortini on January 22, 2008 at 6:55 am

Because of the renovations, the Webster Place has become my favorite place within the City of Chicago to see a movie. The public thinks so too as the place has been crowded, even on weeknights!

Good job Kerasotes! I have a feeling that they will soon overtake AMC-Loews in the Chicagoland Area. Now they need to do some work on the City North 14.

CinemarkFan
CinemarkFan on January 21, 2008 at 2:58 pm

No, I haven’t gotten the chance to go here yet. I was going to see “I Am Legend” here, but ended up seeing it at the Showplace in Schererville, IN because I was nearby shopping with my parents.

CatherineDiMartino
CatherineDiMartino on January 21, 2008 at 2:01 pm

I noticed a sign at the Webster Place saying that they are soon going to have reserved seating. How will this work? The rows are already numbered as are the seats, but will every seat now be reserved for every movie?

CatherineDiMartino
CatherineDiMartino on January 10, 2008 at 9:34 am

Cinemark Fan,

Have you gone to the Webster yet? I think you’ll like it. You know, it’s not hard to figure out what people like and if you invest money in your theatres, generally you’ll make money.

CinemarkFan
CinemarkFan on December 24, 2007 at 9:49 am

I’ve seen them. I might try and stop by sometime next week.

CatherineDiMartino
CatherineDiMartino on December 24, 2007 at 8:12 am

Cinemark Fan,

The ads in the newspapers are proclaiming the newly refurbished Webster Place Theatre.

CatherineDiMartino
CatherineDiMartino on December 6, 2007 at 1:25 pm

Cinemark Fan,

What’s interesting is that this place opened up around the same time that the Lincoln Village and the Burnham did. Both were allowed to die, but this place has always done well.

But then again it’s in a busy location.

CinemarkFan
CinemarkFan on December 6, 2007 at 1:17 pm

Take note, Village Theatres!

Paul Fortini
Paul Fortini on December 6, 2007 at 4:58 am

Cinemark Fan,

It is a much improved place! It shows what a theatre company can do if it INVESTS MONEY in its theatres!

CinemarkFan
CinemarkFan on December 5, 2007 at 10:31 am

Looking at the showtimes for this Friday, it looks like cinemas 9 thru 11 will reopen, making all 11 screens fully operational.

CatherineDiMartino
CatherineDiMartino on November 13, 2007 at 11:28 am

Paul F.

I was here on Sunday with my girlfriends. You’re right, the changes were more subtle than anything groundbreaking. I like the new seats and the cup holders. The entrance to the ladies' room is no longer on either side of the concession stand (which led to confusion). The ladies' room is much-improved too. The staff seems to be excited about working in this renovated cinema.

I appreciate Keresotas' investment in this theatre and I think it will be around for many years.