Harlem Corners Theaters

7340 W. 87th Street,
Bridgeview, IL 60455

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Located in the Burbank district of Bridgeview on W. 87th Street near S. Harlem Avenue. This cinema was last operated by the Value Theaters chain as a second-run venue. The Harlem Corners Theatres closed in May 2005.

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Cyberyan
Cyberyan on January 12, 2009 at 4:10 am

Hey mindhunter, When I went by that day in Nov it was bare walls. The 3 empty stores to the left were empty from the start, the actual theater screens, seats, consession were gone…I did see some stuff like a busted set a seats (Guess the crews kept it to take a break in). The last time I drove past they had a crew of jackhammer bobcats tearing the floor open for the planned pool, and a few welding crews reinforning the ceiling spans.

But on a secondary note…it was not long after they tore the building up that I heard that Bally’s was undergoing bankruptcy protection…..I don’t think I would want to be the owner of that property if Ballys takes a “dive”, Cause if they thought it would be hard to rent a almost fully functionial movie theater….try renting a (empty) fintess gym…..or pay to remove a pool.

Cyberyan
Cyberyan on January 28, 2009 at 11:54 pm

Update: Seems my feeling may ring true…the constuction of the Ballys has stopped. Drove by to see how it looks and how far they are from finishing (they had a June 2009 opening date planned) Talked to a few employees of near by shops and was told they have not worked all this year….and they don’t miss the noise. Can’t say if they are walking away….yet, but it don’t look good.

Cyberyan
Cyberyan on June 3, 2009 at 11:07 am

Update: Drove by again, nothing new has been done to the building (still 4 bare walls) and the date on the permits have expired. All equipment has been removed….

rpb
rpb on November 1, 2009 at 12:48 am

I remember this theatre had good popcorn, and decent sound. The last movie my wife and I saw there was “Scream”, back in 1997. It was still a first run theatre at that time, and I remember getting into a shouting match with several noisy and obnoxious teens & twenty-somethings, because they were talking, laughing, jumping over the seats, and doing other “ghetto garbage”. No usher could be found. I was sad, because the “city” had finally found this nice cineplex, and I knew it wouldn’t be long before it fell. Passed by it today, and it’s still vacant with no renter in site.

Life's Too Short
Life's Too Short on May 18, 2010 at 12:55 pm

Bally Total Fitness went bankrupt for the second time in four years. I don’t think they will continue expansion plans anytime soon.

Robin Roz
Robin Roz on September 5, 2010 at 8:33 pm

So is this place sitting half ripped apart or something?

Cyberyan
Cyberyan on December 2, 2010 at 3:55 pm

Hi all, Just wanted to update on HC. No new plans for anything with the site. The village had the owner (property managers) enclose the front of the site with actual metal and glass doors, as the 2x4 and plywood subdoorway made no sense if they were not planning to do any work. Guessing they removed the lettering and marquee display as same time

To answer your question Robin, Yes, I mean Maybe, I mean wait….(thinking)…..The theater is gone, The gym is a dead idea, So yeah the site is half ripped apart. Who is gonna want that much bare space plus the floor partially tore up. In my opinion the managers (or owner if he had to approve) saw big dollar signs and a long term leasee and got burned.

On a different subject, Sec. of State Jesse White (DMV office) took over the Franks Nursery and Crafts site that I originally said should have been offered to Ballys due to the open outdoor lot, plus the storefront. DMV office now works out of the storefront and the side lot is the waiting area for those needing to take a road test. So Harlem Corners Mall may hang on thanks to the DMV, but there will continue to be a big empty space that will remain unrentable.

Paul Fortini
Paul Fortini on March 25, 2011 at 1:55 pm

That sucks that Harlem Corners is sitting half ripped apart as Robin Roz says. See my comments above about the Morton Grove Theatre. They were closed because the strip mall owner saw $$ by putting in a Shoe Carnival instead. Whereas the MG did great business, reportedly the shoe store’s parking lot sits empty most of the time.

A cinema can also have a residual effect on area businesses. People go out to eat or for a drink before or after a show. When shopping for shoes, not so much. And a shuttered movie theatre brings in no $$ for itself or the surrounding community.

CinemarkFan
CinemarkFan on March 25, 2011 at 4:24 pm

Damn. If the place wasn’t half ripped apart, Picture Show Entertainment could really do wonders here.

Come to think of it, are there any nearby abandoned department stores that could be turned into 2nd run houses?

Cyberyan
Cyberyan on April 7, 2011 at 5:23 am

Finally an update that should ease a few minds at the property managers offices. A small gym company did a walk thru and have decided to see if anyone is willing to join. Just did a quick drive by last week and seen some blue prints of what they would have planned if and when they move in. I really don’t see this place taking off anytime soon…but I guess they proved someone could take over all that empty space. They have an ad for employment on craigslist with a 507 area code (minnesota).

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