Lincoln Village 1-6

6341 McCormick Boulevard,
Chicago, IL 60659

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Lincoln Village 1-6

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This cinema opened June 29, 1989 as an addition to the orignal Lincoln Village cinema that had three screens.

The first movies to show at Lincoln Village 1-6 were “The Karate Kid Part III”, (on two screens), “Do The Right Thing”, “Great Balls of Fire”, and “Batman” (on two screens).

When the new six screen building opened, the original triplex changed from the Lincoln Village 1-3 to the 7-9. In the early 2000’s, the former Lincoln Village 7-9 was closed and demolished, replaced by a Borders Bookstore. In late-2005, the Lincoln Village 1-6 was sold by Loews to the Village Theatres chain.

The Lincoln Village was acquired by FunAsia, a chain featuring Bollywood films, in May of 2008. However, by December 2008, the theater was closed.

Contributed by Aaron wood

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alex35mm on May 14, 2012 at 9:03 pm

For a while after it closed there was a way in. Since then the building is fairly well secured with VPS, however one flaw in VPS’s design is it doesn’t secure weak points in the actual structure. Like dry wall surrounding door ways. I took a peak last summer and it was pretty standard for a building that just sits. There’s tagging and general debris everywhere. Projection equipment is long gone. There is a 2nd floor window that was smashed at water/snow gets in. The roof is leaking very bad in theater 6 on the 2nd floor. This was an issue even when the theater was still open, I worked there. I’m still fascinated by this place, with all the potential it had. How various corporations can simply not care. I’m betting eventually it was just be torn down. From what I’ve heard from older industry friends Cineplex was in financial trouble as this theater was being finished from their massive expansion into Chicagoland from ‘84 on. They were over budget. One of the reasons it was originally planned to be an 8 screen, but never was. Corners were cut.

lana69 on May 27, 2012 at 4:56 pm


Life's Too Short
Life's Too Short on July 29, 2012 at 4:22 pm

I don’t understand all the activity that took place around this property: it closing, the parking lot being closed off, the Jewish Center supposedly converting it. Somehow it all seems kind of weird. Hopefully something good will come out of all this. Right now it must be a mess inside.

rivest266 on November 23, 2014 at 7:26 pm

June 29th, 1989 grand opening ad in photo section.

Paul Fortini
Paul Fortini on February 9, 2015 at 7:55 pm

The above states that the LV was previously operated by Brotman & Sherman Theaters. I thought Cineplex-Odeon built and originally operated this theatre.

RickB on April 22, 2015 at 11:00 pm

Alderman has OKd a plan to convert the theater into a storage facility and turn its parking lot into a park. DNAInfo story here.

Paul Fortini
Paul Fortini on September 26, 2015 at 12:42 pm

Interesting plan to convert this former movie house into a storage facility. It looks like the building’s basic shape will be retained. As I’ve said before, this was a theater that should have done well.

Tim O'Neill
Tim O'Neill on September 26, 2015 at 1:52 pm

Paul Fortini: Brotman & Sherman operated the original LV; which would later get triplexed by Essaness Theatres. The LV 1-6 was build by CO.

Life's Too Short
Life's Too Short on July 13, 2016 at 6:00 pm

Passed by yesterday and saw the conversion underway. There is a large hole in the north wall. It is nice that something is finally being done with this property. It’s been an eyesore for quite some time. Uploaded three images to photos section.

alex35mm on June 25, 2017 at 11:42 pm

Complete tour of the Lincoln Village 6’s projection booth during its final year of operation by an employee can be found here:

Interesting to note that this theater had dual ports and was designed for change overs in all 6 auditoriums but I’m not sure if it ever operated with out platters.

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