River Oaks Theaters 2 & 3

1370 Torrance Avenue,
Calumet City, IL 60409

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River oaks theatre 2-3

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River Oaks Theater 2 opened in 1972 by Plitt theaters. It was located across the street, just west of theater 1. It was less spectacular than theater 1 though still nice. It could seat around 500 people and had the curtain that opened from side to side. The seats were normal and not rocking chairs. It’s premiere attraction was “What’s Up Doc?”.

In 1975 screen 3 was built in the same building as screen 2. The premiere attraction was “Once Is Not Enough”. It also sat 500 and the only difference was the curtain opened and closed vertically. These two screens were known for playing films that Northwest Indiana would either not get for months or not at all.

As far as I could tell the theaters always did big business but the two screens were closed in 1989. Soon after Circuit City moved in. The theatre had been gutted but the shell of the building still remains. Office Depot now occupies it.

Contributed by John

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PopcornFan on April 8, 2009 at 10:26 am

From what I remember you are accurate. I grew up in Calumet City and spent lots of time at those theatres. I also managed River Oaks 1&4 for three years. My best friend managed 2&3 for awhile, then went to 5&6 which became 7&8.

filmteknik on August 19, 2011 at 10:41 pm

I’d be surprised if 2 and 3 were both 500 seats since 2 was equipped for 70mm so I’m guessing it was larger but I’ll leave that be until I can be sure.

I think PopcornFan’s memory about theatre numbers is a bit off even though he worked there. Here’s how I recall it.

There was the original theatre with the big, deeply curved D150 screen built by ABC Great States before Plitt was formed.

A two screener across Torrance was called 2 & 3 so the original became #1. Then they built a new addition to the original building which was called #4. So far so good.

5&6 was a two screener on the far west side of the River Oaks West plaza. 7&8 was on the south side of the main River Oaks east of Fields, northeast of the ¼ building. I do not recall that this was ever called 5&6 because 5 & 6 was there long before 7 & 8.

THEN a block of store space near Sears became a 6-screener. Since the mall was enclosed this now has an entry way within the mall. These new screens were numbered 1-6. 7&8 remained 7&8.

1 & 4 became 9 & 10.

5 & 6 (far west side) became 11 & 12.

2 & 3 just across Torrance became 13 & 14. That seemed odd at first since it wasn’t in order but it became clear when that 2-plex closed while the old 5 &6, now 11 & 12 remained open.

The 2/3 (13/14) building was indeed gutted but I don’t remember Circuit City there. I think it was a Fretter appliance store. Contrary to the article, the building is no longer standing. It was razed and a new building was put up.

Sirdrummer007 on February 4, 2012 at 7:57 pm

The Building is still there. They just Built onto the existing building.I remember when they Put up the Office depot.

Sirdrummer007 on February 4, 2012 at 7:59 pm

Btw, Circuit city was never on this location. circuit city was Behind River Oaks West. it is now a Target.

JRS40 on February 24, 2012 at 10:45 am

The cover picture is nowhere near where the theater was. It was on the west side of Torrence Ave across from River Oaks mall. I emailed the site about this error to no avail.

Scott Neff
Scott Neff on February 24, 2012 at 11:08 am

You’ll notice that’s because there’s no address listed.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on February 24, 2012 at 11:49 am

Anyone that worked at Plitt Theatres needs to go to REMEMBERING PLITT THEATRES on Facebook,there you will find other old employees talking about the good old days,thanks guys.

Sirdrummer007 on April 24, 2012 at 12:59 pm

JRs40, i fixed the cover picture.

JRS40 on May 2, 2012 at 2:21 pm

Thanks Sirdrummer007.

Sirdrummer007 on November 20, 2012 at 8:32 pm

This theatre started out as a One screen in 72. A second Screen was built in 75.

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