River Oaks Theaters 2 & 3

1370 Torrance Avenue,
Calumet City, IL 60409

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rivest266
rivest266 on November 11, 2016 at 1:07 am

Map of all the River Oaks theatre buildings in the photo section. It is the blue building.

rivest266
rivest266 on November 11, 2016 at 12:24 am

June 27th, 1975 grand opening ad as No. 2 & 3 in the photo section.

rivest266
rivest266 on November 11, 2016 at 12:17 am

This opened on August 11th, 1972. Grand opening ad in the photo section

JRS40
JRS40 on June 24, 2015 at 6:29 pm

No the ticket wouldn’t say that. That ticket is for theater 1 clearly. #1 and #4 were one building and #2 and #3 were on the west side of Torrance Ave, just down the block slightly North. I hope that helps.

Flix70
Flix70 on June 22, 2015 at 7:36 pm

I posted a photo of the ticket for reference.

Flix70
Flix70 on June 22, 2015 at 7:23 pm

Thanks, JRS40. Would a ticket, though, for the Torrance two-plex say “Theatre No. 1” on it? I wasn’t sure how the auditoriums were numbered, especially since this theater was called 2 & 3.

JRS40
JRS40 on June 22, 2015 at 6:37 pm

Hey Flix70 – For future reference you can look back at the previous comments. I have listed the bookings for theaters 2 and 3 from their openings thru 1981. According to the list “The Empire Strikes Back” opened on screen 3 on September 26th of 1980. It originally opened on screen 1 so it appears it moved across the street to this theater as the crowds had likely lightened up. You can also see bookings for theater 1 and 4 on their individual pages as well.

Flix70
Flix70 on June 22, 2015 at 6:05 pm

I recently ordered a copy of the original souvenir program for “The Empire Strikes Back.” Upon opening it, a ticket stub with the address “1370 Torrance Avenue, Calumet City, IL” fell out. The ticket says River Oaks Theater 1 on it. But theater 1 was on River Oaks Center Sr, across the street from Torrance Ave, right? Was there a “theater 1” at the two-plex on Torrance Ave? Looking at the page for the original River Oaks single-screen theater, I’m more apt to believe “Empire” screened there instead of the two-plex. Can someone clear things up?

Sirdrummer007
Sirdrummer007 on November 21, 2012 at 4:32 am

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

JRS40
JRS40 on May 2, 2012 at 10:21 pm

Thanks Sirdrummer007.

Sirdrummer007
Sirdrummer007 on April 24, 2012 at 8:59 pm

JRs40, i fixed the cover picture.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on February 24, 2012 at 7:49 pm

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.

Scott Neff
Scott Neff on February 24, 2012 at 7:08 pm

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

JRS40
JRS40 on February 24, 2012 at 6:45 pm

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.

Sirdrummer007
Sirdrummer007 on February 5, 2012 at 3:59 am

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

Sirdrummer007
Sirdrummer007 on February 5, 2012 at 3:57 am

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

filmteknik
filmteknik on August 20, 2011 at 6:41 am

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.

PopcornFan
PopcornFan on April 8, 2009 at 6:26 pm

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.

CinemarkFan
CinemarkFan on April 8, 2009 at 6:05 pm

No, in fact 2-3 closed the year before I was born. Thanks to JRS40, I am able to indentify the movies that played on whatever screen according to the microfilm ads. Of course, there may be a misprint or two there, but it’s mostly accurate.

PopcornFan
PopcornFan on April 8, 2009 at 3:57 pm

CinemarkFan, I am impressed that you have the entire booking list! Did you work at the theatre?

CinemarkFan
CinemarkFan on January 18, 2008 at 7:42 pm

More from RO #3

1/22/82- PRIVATE LESSONS
12/16/83- SCARFACE
1/13/84- ANGEL
8/17/84- TIGHTROPE
3/6/87- A NIGHTMARE ON ELM ST 3
11/11/88- PUMPKINHEAD
11/18/88- HIGH SPIRITS
12/2/88- THE NAKED GUN

More coming soon.

CinemarkFan
CinemarkFan on January 18, 2008 at 7:32 pm

More from RO #2

1/22/82- NEIGHBORS plus REDS
12/16/83- THE KEEP
1/13/84- TERMS OF ENDEARMENT
8/17/84- GREMLINS
11/26/86- THE NUTCRACKER
3/6/87- OUTRAGEOUS FOURTUNE
3/13/87- HEAT

11/11/88- EVERYBODY’S ALL AMERICAN
12/2/88- THE NAKED GUN

More coming soon.

CinemarkFan
CinemarkFan on December 12, 2007 at 11:15 pm

Okay, here’s what I’ve got for RO #3. Movies that had just opened on #3 are marked with a star*

4/23/82- WALT DISNEY’S FANTASIA
6/11/82- STAR TREK 2 (Was also in #4)
6/25/82- MEGAFORCE

7/9/82- THE THING plus FIREFOX
9/3/82- THE ROAD WARRIOR
2/18/83- 48 HRS
4/15/83- BAD BOYS
5/25/83- BREATHLESS
6/10/83- BLUE THUNDER plus THE MAN WITH TWO BRAINS
9/23/83- RISKY BUSINESS
9/30/83- THE BIG CHILL

10/21/83- NEVER SAY NEVER AGAIN
12/9/83- TERMS OF ENDEARMENT
5/11/84- 16 CANDLES
9/21/84- ALL OF ME
10/26/84- A SOLDIER’S STORY
12/14/84- BEVERLY HILLS COP (Moveover from #8)
3/23/85- WITNESS
4/26/85- HELLHOLE

7/5/85- PALE RIDER
10/11/85- REMO WILLIAMS: THE ADVENTURE BEGINS…
2/21/86- WILDCATS
8/15/86- THE FLY

4/18/86- POLICE ACADEMY 3
10/3/86- CHILDREN OF A LESSER GOD
11/21/86- AN AMERICAN TAIL
1/16/87- CRITICAL CONDITION

4/24/87- LETHAL WEAPON
5/8/87- GARDENS OF STONE
5/15/87- THE GATE

5/20/87- CREEPSHOW 2 (moveover from #4)
7/24/87- LA BAMBA

7/31/87- ROBOCOP (Moveover from #1)
8/5/87- THE LIVING DAYLIGHTS
(Moveover from #1)
10/9/87- THE PRINCESS BRIDE
2/12/88- ACTION JACKSON

¾/88- MOVING
3/11/88- MASQUERADE

5/6/88- DEAD HEAT
7/20/88- MIDNIGHT RUN

5/19/89- THE DREAM TEAM
6/2/89- FAST FOOD
6/9/89- MAJOR LEAGUE
9/15/89- TURNER & HOOCH

Bookings for #4 will follow soon.

CinemarkFan
CinemarkFan on December 11, 2007 at 11:54 pm

Here’s a listing of what I’ve got for #2 thanks to the microfilm.
4/23/82- CAT PEOPLE
6/11/82- HANKY PANKY plus VISITING HOURS
6/25/82- BLADE RUNNER
8/13/82- BAMBI
9/3/82- INCUBUS
2/18/83- WITHOUT A TRACE
4/15/83- MONTY PYTHON’S MEANING OF LIFE
5/25/83- BLUE THUNDER
6/10/83- TRADING PLACES
9/23/83- WARGAMES plus FLASHDANCE
9/30/83- FLASHDANCE plus CHAINED HEAT
10/21/83 THE HOUSE ON SORORITY ROW
10/28/83- THE FINAL TERROR
11/23/83- THE BIG CHILL
12/9/83- SUDDEN IMPACT
5/11/84- ALPHABET CITY plus HARDBODIES
9/21/84- GREMLINS
10/26/84- THE RAZOR’S EDGE
12/5/84- SILENT NIGHT, DEADLY NIGHT
12/14/84- FALLING IN LOVE
3/22/85- THE BREAKFAST CLUB
4/26/85- JUST ONE OF THE GUYS
7/5/85- RED SONJA
10/11/85- BETTER OFF DEAD
2/21/86- THE COLOR PURPLE
4/18/86- MURPHY’S LAW
8/15/86- THE KARATE KID PART 2
9/12/86- AMERICAN JUSTICE
10/3/86- SHE’S GOTTA HAVE IT
11/21/86- 52 PICK-UP
1/16/87- AN AMERICAN TAIL plus CRIMES OF THE HEART
4/24/87- EVIL DEAD 2
5/1/87- AMERICAN NINJA 2: THE CONFRONTATION
5/20/87- ISHTAR
7/17/87- FULL METAL JACKET
10/9/87- THREE O'CLOCK HIGH
2/12/88- SATISFACTION
¾/88- THE SERPENT AND THE RAINBOW
5/6/88- BLOODSPORT
7/20/88- BIG
5/19/89- MISS FIRECRACKER
6/9/89- FRIGHT NIGHT PART 2
9/15/89- NIGHT GAME

Of note, a lot of these movies may have opened here earlier. It’ll take me a while to gather up all the stuff I have for 3,4.

CinemarkFan
CinemarkFan on December 11, 2007 at 9:24 pm

Awesome! Thank you. I wish I had got to go here. Everyone tells me that it was a nice place up there with the other RO screens. I’ll post my booking list in a few.