River Oaks Theaters 2 & 3

1370 Torrance Avenue,
Calumet City, IL 60409

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Sirdrummer007
Sirdrummer007 on November 20, 2012 at 10:32 pm

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

JRS40
JRS40 on May 2, 2012 at 4:21 pm

Thanks Sirdrummer007.

Sirdrummer007
Sirdrummer007 on April 24, 2012 at 2:59 pm

JRs40, i fixed the cover picture.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on February 24, 2012 at 1:49 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 1:08 pm

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

JRS40
JRS40 on February 24, 2012 at 12:45 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 4, 2012 at 9:59 pm

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

Sirdrummer007
Sirdrummer007 on February 4, 2012 at 9:57 pm

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 12:41 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 12:26 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 12:05 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 9:57 am

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

CinemarkFan
CinemarkFan on January 18, 2008 at 1:42 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 1:32 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 5:15 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 5:54 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 3:24 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.

JRS40
JRS40 on December 10, 2007 at 7:24 pm

Here are the bookings for theater #3 from its opening in 1975 through 1981.

6/27/75 – JACQUELINE SUSANN’S ONCE IS NOT ENOUGH
7/11/75 – THE DROWNING POOL
8/1/75 – NIGHT MOVES
8/8/75 – THE EXORCIST
8/22/75 – HENNESSEY
8/29/75 – RETURN OF THE PINK PANTHER
9/12/75 – THE HAPPY HOOKER
9/26/75 – GIVE EM HELL, HARRY
10/3/75 – BEYOND THE DOOR
10/24/75- LISTZOMANIA
10/31/75- THE WAY WE WERE
11/7/75 – LOVE AND DEATH
11/14/75- FROM BEYOND THE GRAVE
11/21/75- THE OUTER SPACE CONNECTION
12/5/75 – ABDUCTION
12/12/75- OLD DRACULA
12/19/75- YESSONGS
12/25/75- HUSTLE
2/6/76 – LET’S DO IT AGAIN
2/20/76 – THE MAN WHO WOULD BE KING
4/9/76 – FANTASIA
4/16/76 – ECHOES OF A SUMMER
4/30/76 – ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO’S NEST
5/14/76 – GRIZZLY
5/28/76 – EMBRYO
6/11/76 – FAMILY PLOT
6/18/76 – BLAZING SADDLES
6/25/76 – LIFEGUARD
7/2/76 – ODE TO BILLY JOE
7/23/76 – THE OUTLAW JOSEY WALES
8/13/76 – THE GUMBALL RALLY
8/27/76 – OBSESSION
10/8/76 – THE RITZ
11/19/76- BUGSY MALONE
12/17/76- NETWORK
2/11/77 – TWILIGHT’S LAST GLEAMING
3/11/77 – SILVER STREAK
4/1/77 – DEMON SEED
4/22/77 – SLUMBER PARTY 57
4/29/77 – NASTY HABITS
5/20/77 – ROCKY
5/27/77 – WIZARDS
6/3/77 – THE STING
6/17/77 – THE DEEP
8/12/77 – MARCH OR DIE
8/26/77 – YOU LIGHT UP MY LIFE
9/16/77 – THE BAD NEWS BEARS IN BREAKING TRAINING
9/23/77 – THE HAPPY HOOKER GOES TO WASHINGTON
9/30/77 – I NEVER PROMISED YOU A ROSE GARDEN
10/7/77 – OH, GOD
12/16/77- SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER
4/28/78 – F.I.S.T.
5/19/78 – THE TURNING POINT
6/2/78 – CAPRICORN ONE
6/30/78 – THE JUNGLE BOOK plus THE SIGN OF ZORRO
7/21/78 – REVENGE OF THE PINK PANTHER
8/25/78 – ANIMAL HOUSE
11/10/78- PARADISE ALLEY
12/22/78- INVASION OF THE BODY SNATCHERS
1/19/79 – BEYOND AND BACK
2/9/79 – THE WARRIORS
4/13/79 – HURRICANE
4/27/79 – OLD BOYFRIENDS
5/11/79 – A LITTLE ROMANCE
5/25/79 – DAWN OF THE DEAD
6/15/79 – BUTCH AND SUNDANCE: THE EARLY DAYS
6/22/79 – ESCAPE FROM ALCATRAZ
8/3/79 – NORTH DALLAS FORTY
9/21/79 – RICH KIDS
9/28/79 – TIME AFTER TIME
10/19/79- AVALANCHE EXPRESS
11/2/79 – SLEEPING BEAUTY
11/16/79- IN SEARCH OF HISTORIC JESUS
11/30/79- BREAKING AWAY
12/7/79 – THE ROSE
12/14/79- 1941
2/1/80 – A FORCE OF ONE
2/8/80 – THE LAST MARRIED COUPLE IN AMERICA
3/7/80 – COAL MINER’S DAUGHTER
3/21/80 – LITTLE DARLINGS
4/4/80 – THE BLACK STALLION
5/23/80 – FRIDAY THE 13TH
5/30/80 – SILENT SCREAM
6/13/80 – THE SHINING
7/18/80 – CHEECH AND CHONG’S NEXT MOVIE
8/1/80 – RAISE THE TITANIC
8/29/80 – MY BODYGUARD
9/26/80 – THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK
10/3/80 – STARDUST MEMORIES
10/10/80- OH, GOD BOOK II
10/24/80- THE ELEPHANT MAN
12/5/80 – SONG OF THE SOUTH
12/19/80- ANY WHICH WAY YOU CAN
2/13/81 – THE DOGS OF WAR
2/27/81 – RAGING BULL
3/6/81 – ALL NIGHT LONG
3/20/81 – EARTHBOUND
4/10/81 – EXCALIBUR
5/22/81 – BUSTIN LOOSE
5/29/81 – THE FOUR SEASONS
6/19/81 – THE CANNONBALL RUN
7/10/81 – ON THE RIGHT TRACK
7/31/81 – VICTORY
8/21/81 – COMIN AT YA
8/28/81 – FIRST MONDAY IN OCTOBER
9/18/81 – STRIKING BACK plus KILL AND KILL AGAIN
9/25/81 – STRIPES
10/2/81 – BODY HEAT
11/6/81 – CHANEL SOLITAIRE
11/13/81- TATTOO plus BODY AND SOUL
11/20/81- THE BOOGENS
12/4/81 – THE FRENCH LIEUTENANT’S WOMAN
12/18/81- GHOST STORY

JRS40
JRS40 on December 10, 2007 at 7:01 pm

Here are the bookings for theater #2 from its opening in 1972 through 1981.

8/11/72 – WHAT’S UP DOC?
8/18/72 – PRIME CUT
9/1/72 – JOE KIDD
9/15/72 – JUNIOR BONNER
9/29/72 – PORTNOY’S COMPLAINT
10/20/72- WHERE DOES IT HURT?
11/10/72- GONE WITH THE WIND
11/17/72- EVERYTHING YOU ALWAYS WANTED TO KNOW ABOUT SEX……
12/8/72 – AL CAPONE plus YOUNG DILLINGER
12/15/72- 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY
12/22/72- UP THE SANDBOX
2/9/73 – LADY SINGS TEH BLUES
2/23/73 – DELIVERANCE
3/2/73 – JEREMIAH JOHNSON
3/16/73 – THE TRAIN ROBBERS
3/30/73 – THE GODFATHER
4/13/73 – CABARET
4/20/73 – THE LIFE AND TIMES OF JUDGE ROY BEAN
5/11/73 – THE GETAWAY
5/25/73 – SAVE THE TIGER
6/8/73 – CARNAL KNOWLEDGE plus THE GRADUATE
6/15/73 – HITLER: THE LAST TEN DAYS
6/29/73 – CAMELOT
7/13/73 – THE LAST OF SHEILA
7/27/73 – BLUME IN LOVE
9/21/73 – ROMEO AND JULIET
10/5/73 – ENTER THE DRAGON
10/12/73- 40 CARATS
10/19/73- THE OUTFIT
10/26/73- MAS*H
11/16/73- AMERICAN GRAFFITI
12/25/73- THE STING
3/29/74 – MAME
5/17/74 – BUTCH CASSIDY AND THE SUNDANCE KID
5/31/74 – BLAZING SADDLES
6/21/74 – THE EXORCIST
7/19/74 – THUNDERBOLT AND LIGHTFOOT
8/2/74 – OUR TIME
8/16/74 – ZANDY’S BRIDE
8/23/74 – THE THREE MUSKETEERS
8/30/74 – THE TERMINAL MAN
9/6/74 – UPTOWN SATURDAY NIGHT
9/13/74 – DOCTOR ZHIVAGO
9/20/74 – MACON COUNTY LINE
10/4/74 – THE GROOVE TUBE plus REEFER MADNESS
10/25/74- FANTASIA
11/1/74 – THE SAVAGE IS LOOSE
11/29/74- THE BEARS AND I plus THE SHAGGY DOG
12/6/74 – THE FAMILY plus POLICEWOMEN
12/25/74- FREEBIE AND THE BEAN
2/14/75 – THE TOWERING INFERNO
5/9/75 – MARY, MARY BLOODY MARY
5/23/75 – DAY OF THE LOCUST
6/13/75 – RACE WITH THE DEVIL
6/20/75 – SHAMPOO
7/18/75 – ALOHA BOBBY AND ROSE
7/25/75 – THE FORTUNE
8/8/75 – WHITE LINE FEVER
8/15/75 – YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN
8/22/75 – MONTY PYTHON AND THE HOLY GRAIL
9/19/75 – RETURN TO MACON COUNTY
9/26/75 – FAREWELL, MY LOVELY
10/3/75 – GIVE EM HELL, HARRY
10/17/75- WHIFFS
10/24/75- DOG DAY AFTERNOON
12/25/75- BARRY LYNDON
3/12/76 – GONE WITH THE WIND
3/26/76 – FANTASIA
4/9/76 – ALL THE PRESIDENT’S MEN
6/18/76 – LIFEGUARD
6/25/76 – THE BIG BUS
7/23/76 – GUS plus BAMBI
8/6/76 – THAT’S ENTERTAINMENT PART 2
8/13/76 – MONTY PYTHON AND THE HOLY GRAIL plus THE PRODUCERS
8/20/76 – THE MAN WHO FELL TO EARTH
8/27/76 – THE POM POM GIRLS
9/17/76 – THE SHOOTIST
10/8/76 – A MATTER OF TIME
10/22/76- THE GREAT SCOUT AND CATHOUSE THURSDAY
10/29/76- THE OTHER SIDE OF THE MOUNTAIN
11/5/76 – MIDWAY
11/12/76- TWO MINUTE WARNING
12/24/76- A STAR IS BORN
3/25/77 – AIRPORT 77
5/6/77 – ROCKY
5/20/77 – THE GREATEST
6/3/77 – THE FARMER
6/10/77 – GONE IN 60 SECONDS plus GO FOR IT
6/17/77 – EXORCIST II: THE HERETIC
7/22/77 – OUTLAW BLUES
7/29/77 – THE BAD NEWS BEARS IN BREAKING TRAINING
9/16/77 – I NEVER PROMISED YOU A ROSE GARDEN
9/30/77 – KENTUCKY FRIED MOVIE
10/21/77- LOOKING FOR MR GOODBAR
12/16/77- OH, GOD
12/23/77- THE GAUNTLET
2/3/78 – HIGH ANXIETY
3/17/78 – AN UNMARRIED WOMAN
5/19/78 – F.I.S.T.
6/9/78 – DAMIEN: OMEN II
7/14/78 – THE BAD NEWS BEARS GO TO JAPAN
7/28/78 – SGT. PEPPER’S LONELY HEARTS CLUB BAND
8/25/78 – REVENGE OF THE PINK PANTHER
9/15/78 – GREASE
9/29/78 – DEATH ON THE NILE
11/10/78- ANIMAL HOUSE
11/17/78- PARADISE ALLEY
12/8/78 – FOUL PLAY
12/15/78- OLIVER’S STORY
1/12/79 – DAYS OF HEAVEN
1/19/79 – INVASION OF THE BODY SNATCHERS
2/2/79 – MOVIE, MOVIE
2/9/79 – MIDNIGHT EXPRESS
2/16/79 – QUINTET
2/23/79 – FASTBREAK
4/6/79 – A PERFECT COUPLE
4/13/79 – COMING HOME
5/4/79 – DAWN OF THE DEAD
5/25/79 – ALIEN
8/3/79 – THE AMITYVILLE HORROR
9/14/79 – HOOPER
9/21/79 – ANIMAL HOUSE
10/5/79 – STARTING OVER
11/9/79 – APOCALYPSE NOW
12/14/79- THE ROSE
1/18/80 – THE BERMUDA TRIANGLE
1/25/80 – THE ROSE
2/1/80 – FATSO
2/15/80 – A FORCE OF ONE
2/29/80 – WILDERNESS FAMILY PART 2
3/7/80 – THE LAST MARRIED COUPLE IN AMERICA
3/14/80 – SIMON
4/4/80 – COAL MINER’S DAUGHTER
4/18/80 – LADY AND THE TRAMP
4/25/80 – WHERE THE BUFFALO ROAM
5/9/80 – FRIDAY THE 13TH
5/23/80 – TOM HORN
6/6/80 – AMERICAN GIGOLO plus THE WARRIORS
6/13/80 – URBAN COWBOY
7/25/80 – BATTLE BEYOND THE STARS
8/1/80 – THE HUNTER
8/22/80 – SMOKEY AND THE BANDIT II
9/26/80 – THE BLUES BROTHERS
10/3/80 – SOMEWHERE IN TIME
10/17/80- HOPSCOTCH
11/14/80- THE IDOLMAKER
12/5/80 – THE ELEPHANT MAN
12/19/80- RAGING BULL
1/30/81 – THE INCREDIBLE SHRINKING WOMAN
2/13/81 – JONI
2/27/81 – COAL MINER’S DAUGHTER
3/6/81 – PRIVATE BENJAMIN plus THE GREAT SANTINI
3/13/81 – BACK ROADS
4/3/81 – ORDINARY PEOPLE
4/17/81 – CAVEMAN
5/1/81 – KING OF THE MOUNTAIN
5/8/81 – SLEEPING BEAUTY
5/15/81 – AIRPLANE plus POPEYE
5/22/81 – DEATH HUNT
6/5/81 – HIGH RISK plus THE OCTAGON
6/12/81 – RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK
7/31/81 – THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK
8/21/81 – FIRST MONDAY IN OCTOBER
8/28/81 – BODY HEAT
10/2/81 – PATERNITY
10/9/81 – TRUE CONFESSIONS
11/20/81- HALLOWEEN II plus TATTOO
12/4/81 – REDS
12/11/81- KENTUCKY FRIED MOVIE plus AIRPLANE
12/18/81- SHARKY’S MACHINE