Grove Cinemas

1620 75th Street,
Downers Grove, IL 60516

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This cinema was opened in 1986 by Cineplex Odeon. It was closed in 2000 due to competition from the Loews Woodridge 18 which opened in the neighboring town of Woodridge in 1999.

It is now in use as an Indian restaurant known as Shikara, and a banquet hall named Ashyana.

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Broan
Broan on February 9, 2006 at 2:42 am

It was never run by Plitt. See these opening articles.

Broan
Broan on February 9, 2006 at 3:36 am

here is a second article. Note the architect is listed as David K. Mesbur.

Broan
Broan on February 9, 2006 at 6:30 am

“From 1983 to 1990, Mr. Mesbur was the exclusive architect for Cineplex Odeon Corporation, during which time he was responsible for the design of over 250 multiplex locations in Canada, the United States and England. After the establishment of Mesbur+Smith Architects, the firm completed an additional five projects for Cineplex Odeon.” – http://www.mesbursmith.com/

Paul Fortini
Paul Fortini on December 19, 2006 at 6:46 am

This is another fine example of a short-lived Cineplex-Odeon Theatre biting the dust. Are ANY of the multi-plexes that C-O opened up between 1986 and 1990 in the Chicagoland Area still open as movie theatres? I can only name the Lincoln Village and the North Riverside, now both operated by Village Theatres. Others like the Burnham, the Bricktown, the Ridge, and the Town & Country came and went so quickly.

CinemarkFan
CinemarkFan on December 22, 2006 at 4:00 pm

River Oaks 1-6 is still around. Rivertree Court is now owned by Kerasotes, but may close when they open a 12 screen showplace at the nearby Hawthorne Mall. And Bloomingdale Court is still open by Village…at least until Century Theatres/Cinemark opens the 16 screener inside Stratford Square.

CatherineDiMartino
CatherineDiMartino on May 14, 2007 at 12:44 am

It seems odd that a 15 year old building would be demolished. But then again, considering our “throw-away” society, maybe not. Could this building have been re-used for anything? Likely not.

spiderland
spiderland on February 19, 2010 at 12:19 pm

The building wasn’t completely demolished. It currently stands as an Indian restaurant/banquet (Shikara Restaurant / Ashyana Banquets).

Check out the restaurant sometime. The food’s pretty decent, and you can kinda tell it used to be a theatre (from the left hallway to the room itself).

TLSLOEWS
TLSLOEWS on February 24, 2010 at 11:25 am

They just tore down part of it Catherine,but I kwnow what you mean.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on March 25, 2011 at 3:03 pm

It was a 35.000 square foot theatre complex.Will seat 2300 people.Large Screen for 70mm.

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