Lincoln Village 1-6

6341 McCormick Boulevard,
Chicago, IL 60659

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Life's Too Short
Life's Too Short on July 29, 2012 at 10:22 am

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.

lana69
lana69 on May 27, 2012 at 10:56 am

LOOKS LIKE A NICE THEATER

alex35mm
alex35mm on May 14, 2012 at 3:03 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.

Scott Neff
Scott Neff on May 14, 2012 at 12:49 pm

According to some photos I found elsewhere on the internet the place has been badly vandalized, at leat the exterior has.

Paul Fortini
Paul Fortini on May 13, 2012 at 10:07 pm

David,

Wow, those movies were out about 4 years ago!

DavidZornig
DavidZornig on April 14, 2012 at 9:02 pm

Just drove by it. Still looks like the profile picture. “Pineapple Express” & “Tropic Thunder” are still on the marquee.

Paul Fortini
Paul Fortini on April 8, 2012 at 7:47 pm

Anything happening with this theatre building? I haven’t been on Cinema Treasres for awhile and it’s been years since I’ve been in the LV’s area.

whtesoxfan56
whtesoxfan56 on September 27, 2011 at 3:23 pm

It’s sad to think about the deterioration of this theater, since I agree this was a decent theater to see movies at years ago. (and like whaler, for a while this was my go-to first run theater, at least till the end of my teenage years) So much wasted opportunity that this never became a 2nd-run theater(Picture Show should’ve taken over this theater, a la Bloomingdale Court), but I know the parking lot issue with the Metropolitan Reclamation Water District would have to be resolved for this theater to be viable(and of course, for its parking lot to be totally repaved). Though I don’t know for sure, I wouldn’t be surprised if the parking lot issue it had(under Village Entertainment) did hurt its business.

I pass by here at least a few times a month, and I wonder if the Jewish school that I supposedly heard took out a lien to acquire this building will ever finally follow through and turn it into classrooms? I guess if the lien expires, Cinemark could consider taking over this theater, along with River Oaks. :) Too bad I remember reading here before I became a member here, that McClurg Court was gutted in early 2011.

Paul Fortini
Paul Fortini on December 27, 2010 at 11:37 am

“Rice Lake Square (opened Dec 1989) is now a Linens-n-Things.”

Who knows what it is now that Linens-n-Things went out of business?

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on July 6, 2010 at 4:33 pm

Tlsloews,Have you ever read stories like that.Chicago can’t be that bad.

TLSLOEWS
TLSLOEWS on July 6, 2010 at 12:44 pm

Interesting Reading.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on July 5, 2010 at 5:29 pm

Did “TWILIGHT ZONE,THE MOVIE ” ever play here? never ever read such strange and horrible things about a multi-plex.

WHALER66
WHALER66 on June 20, 2010 at 2:46 am

I was over by the Lincoln Village the other day and it looks
awful. The marquee in back is broken in spots and the space
itself is covered up by these panels that have been totally defaced
by graffiti. That whole area around the theater has changed,
The shops that used to surround the theater in the back
by the box office are gone. A few upscale tenants have settled
into those spaces. It’s sad for me, the LV 1-6 was a big part of my adolescence. It was my spot back in the day. Is the plan still in place for that Jewish school to acquire the property?

mp775
mp775 on April 8, 2010 at 8:27 am

The neighborhood is fine (Peterson Park to the south, West Rogers to the east, Lincolnwood to the north and west), but it’s a (1) large vacant building (2) on a busy street (3) in a shopping center, so it’s going attract vandalism regardless of the location. IMO, the marquee and signage should just be removed already and the walls aggressively painted to prevent further blight.

aek316
aek316 on April 8, 2010 at 7:31 am

Thanks for the info Cinemark. I will definitely check out Rivertree as I live near Vernon Hills. I’m trying to figure out where in the Hawthorne Mall they’d put a theater? I had no idea AMC is buying Kerasotes. That’s a shame, because Kerasotes had a lot of nice theaters and AMC seems to run their theaters into the ground.

Just a small correction: Add Bricktown Square to the list of fitness centers. The sportmart is next door. I frequented Bricktown and North Riverside in my youth. Bricktown was a great theater until the neighborhood and mall started to decline and it’s good to see the North Riverside revitalized by Classic Cinemas. Too bad they couldn’t preserve many of the theaters you mentioned above.

Good luck in your quest to purchase River Oaks and Mcclurg! Have you heard anything on either?

DavidZornig
DavidZornig on April 7, 2010 at 6:10 pm

Hey Cinemark, there was an article posted on the Broadway/Lakeshore page yesterday that it is now closing too.
It had been live theatre most recently.

CinemarkFan
CinemarkFan on April 7, 2010 at 3:16 pm

Aek316,

The Bloomingdale Court (opened Dec 1989) is open under Picture Show Entertainment as a 2nd run house. The CO style lobby marble, and the neon around the auditorium entrances remain, but it’s been repainted for the most part. I believe the auditoriums themselves no longer have the zig-zag pattern on the walls.

Rivertree Court (opened Oct 1988) is still open under Kerasotes. It’s CO decor remains. It’s future however, is uncertain. Because AMC is buying Kerasotes (deal should be complete later this year, or next year), some theaters will have to be let go. AMC may run RT and the nearby Showplace 8 for a while, but they may take over Kerasotes’s plans to build a multi inside the Hawthorn Mall. If that comes to fruition, then the writing’s on the wall.

River Oaks 1-6 (opened Dec 1988) is closed with no plans (by someone else) in store. I however, hope to buy 1-6 along with 7-8, and the glorious 9-10.

North Riverside (opened Nov 1990) is open under Classic Cinemas. You can tell from the brown exterior outside, and the long corridors inside that it was a CO theater. But it’s been remodeled for the most part.

As for those built/taken over and remodeled during the 86-90 explosion, they’re all gone

Biograph (redone CO style in June 1988) is now the Victory Gardens Biograph.

Broadway (redone CO style April 1988) was closed and renamed the Lakeshore. Under new management, it was a live performance theater for comedy and other things. It is getting ready to close again. The future is uncertain.

Burnham Plaza (opened Dec 1988) is now a medical office.

Bricktown Square (opened May 1989) is a Sportmart.

Chestnut Station (redone CO style April 1988) is long gone. Walk around that corner of Clark & Chestnut, and one wouldn’t know that a five screen cineplex was even there.

900 North Michigan (opened same time as Rivertree in Oct 1988) is now a gym. It is my belief that when it was in the planning stages, it should’ve been a 4-6 screener on the upper levels of the mall. 2 screens in a basement didn’t quite fit the bill.

McClurg Court (redone CO style Dec 1987) is closed and awaiting other use. I hope to buy it and turn it into an arthouse/1st run/revival hybrid.

Oakbrook 1-4 (opened same time as McClurg) was gutted/turned into shops.

Golf Glen (redone part CO style April 1988) is now called Big Cinemas Golf Glen 5. It’s 6th screen may be a restaurant. They show Bollywood films. The decor was changed dramatically.

Grove Cinemas (opened same time as Ridge Plaza in Oct 1986) has been gutted, and part of it torn down. The rest is an Indian banquet.

Ridge Plaza (see above) was gutted inside and turned into an X-port fitness.

Commons of Chicago Ridge (opened June 1988) is now an X-port fitness.

Rice Lake Square (opened Dec 1989) is now a Linens-n-Things.

One Schaumburg Place (opened Nov 1991) was gutted inside and out. The whole complex is now the Streets of Woodfield.

It is interesting to note that Commons of CR , Ridge Plaza, and the Golf Mill (never redone CO style I don’t think) were all turned into X-port fitness centers.

Anyway, these Mesbur & Smith designed CO’s are truly endangred species. Frequent those that are still standing, otherwise they will become just distant memories.

aek316
aek316 on April 7, 2010 at 12:06 pm

These pictures are truly tragic and put the final nail in this theater’s coffin. All the vandalism and the marquee damage! Not only is this place not in shape to become a theater again, I feel sorry for the school that’s going in its place! Obviously the neighborhood is not so hot around there either.

Does anyone know if any theaters if any (open or closed) remain in the area with the Cineplex decor?

CinemarkFan
CinemarkFan on March 18, 2010 at 5:53 pm

A_Projectionist,

If someone expressed interest in building a new theater nearby, where might one be erected?

alex35mm
alex35mm on March 15, 2010 at 3:30 pm

“Why would anyone go through the expense and trouble of removing seats, screens etc if it’s going out of business anyways?”

Because people like Village Entertainment (ie Ron Rooding) want to make it as difficult as possible for the someone else to come in and start it up as a theater again. Its harder and more costy to start up a theater with everything ripped out, and you have to start from scratch. I actually met with an old fellow friend, and former District manager from Village Entertainment. He told me this building structurally is in very bad shape over neglect not only from village, but every other chain that’s operated this place. Even Cineplex Odeon themselves. Lets face it, for some reason or another this complex was never really cared about. It’ll be very interesting to how the Day school does these conversions.

aek316
aek316 on March 15, 2010 at 12:39 pm

Another Cineplex cinema destroyed. Can anyone tell me if any CO’s are left w/original decor (open or closed)? Why would anyone go through the expense and trouble of removing seats, screens etc if it’s going out of business anyways? So many good cinemas pointlessly destroyed by Village Entertainment. It’s criminal!

alex35mm
alex35mm on March 10, 2010 at 1:57 am

Some more interesting facts just revealed.

So I sent an email to the Hebrew day school regarding the water problem. Surprisingly I got an email back right away, and even a call (I include my number in emails). Turns out they new about it, and the city said they turned the water off.

We spoke briefly about the complex and apparently the school does have plans to convert it. He also informed me that the sound equipment, projectors, screens and seats have been pulled. Ron Rooding does not give theaters a chance when he leaves, and he made sure of that similar to the Village art which also had all of its guts ripped out after Village Entertainment left.

So I guess that’s all folks for the Lincoln Village as a movie theater. Amazing 3 theaters once coexisted and stood in this area. Now theirs none.

alex35mm
alex35mm on March 9, 2010 at 11:35 pm

Is anyone responsible for this place right now? Get here quick! There is no power, the building isnt being heated and there is a heavy stream of water leaking out a back exit door.

Other then that, the building is still fairly secure.

Man, I wish I could buy this place before its too late.

Life's Too Short
Life's Too Short on March 3, 2010 at 12:36 pm

Nothing has happened yet. The theatre is still sitting there boarded up. I wonder what has become of the community center plan. I also wonder if they are heating it during the winter.

jimpiscitelli
jimpiscitelli on February 10, 2010 at 9:17 pm

Hopfully the Picture Show chain picks this up (like they did with the Bloomingdale Court) and turn it into a second-run theatre.