Ridge Plaza Cinemas

960 W. Dundee Road,
Ridge Plaza Shopping Center,
Arlington Heights, IL

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The Ridge Plaza Cinemas opened in 1986 (at the same time as Grove Cinemas) by Cineplex Odeon at the Ridge Plaza shopping center. It had eight screens with rocking chair seats. It was equipped with 70mm projection, THX and later DTS (Digital Theater Sound).

In 2001, Loews-Cineplex closed the theater after Loews went into bankruptcy and declining attendence. In 2003, the building was gutted and a fitness center built in the space.

Contributed by James Piscitelli, Bryan

Recent comments (view all 8 comments)

Jazzbo13
Jazzbo13 on November 22, 2004 at 1:35 pm

Sad to see that this theater is now gone. When we lived in the area and were dating I used to take my wife there all the time.

jimpiscitelli
jimpiscitelli on December 14, 2005 at 8:12 am

The theater was nice. My only visit was in 2000 to see “Space Cowboys” I was the only person in the theater.

Broan
Broan on February 9, 2006 at 2:35 am

Here is an article about the theater.

brianbobcat
brianbobcat on April 24, 2008 at 6:32 am

I remember seeing Air Force One here and also when some boxing movie (one of the Rocky’s maybe?) came out, they BUILT an almost full sized ring in the lobby.

-Brian

ghowmedic
ghowmedic on April 25, 2008 at 4:28 pm

I loved working there, and I loved going to movies there.

Marbel lined floors and columns. Large concession stands. Spacious lobby. Comfortable seats. A true palace.

Sue P. we had a great time working side by side. I have lots of pictures from the construction stages of the theater.

I remember while the theater was still under construction, going to lunch with the contactors at Portillo’s.

  • Gary Howorka
    Asst Mgr 1986-1988
    Port Richey, Fl
kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on May 19, 2009 at 8:00 pm

Here is an ad from the Daily Herald dated 10/3/86:
http://tinyurl.com/ovr2s8
http://tinyurl.com/qpp93x

rivest266
rivest266 on June 18, 2012 at 2:02 pm

Kencmcintyre, I uploaded ALL of the ad for the Ridge Cinemas in the photo section for this cinema. They ran the same ad for the Le Fabourg Cinemas in Montreal and Cinemas Place Charest in Quebec City.

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