Lakehurst Cinema 12

601 Lakehurst Road,
Waukegan, IL 60085

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The Lakehurst Cinema, next to the now-demolished Lakehurst Mall, opened in 1974 as a triplex, and was increased to five screens in 1984. By 2004, it had 12 screens. The theater was originally opened by General Cinema, which closed it in 2001. It sat abandoned for a year and a half before Village Theaters re-opened it.

The Lakehurst Cinema was closed in January 2007 and the building demolished in July and August 2007. It will be replaced on the site by a hotel.

Contributed by Aaron wood

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Life's Too Short
Life's Too Short on January 15, 2007 at 4:10 pm

LOL. That is pretty brutal.

bigred on January 23, 2007 at 11:19 pm

I can’t believe they were still using reel to reel on this theater. It wasn’t uncommon for General Cinema’s union to run all of the theaters by themself. All GC had union until late'95 when the smaller units had the managers start running the booth part of the time after they brought in a former vp from AMC. At the Mall of America 14 they had 1 projectionist run both sides rather than one on each side.

Paul Fortini
Paul Fortini on July 21, 2007 at 8:53 am

The description above implies that this place expanded to 12 screens when it was operated by Village Theatres. Is this true?

CinemarkFan on September 2, 2007 at 2:33 pm

No, it was expanded to 12 screens in 1987 by General Cinema.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on November 30, 2007 at 9:08 pm

Before it was demolished, the Lakehurst Cinema looked like this.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on June 10, 2008 at 3:55 pm

This is all that remains of the Lakehurst Cinema 12.

CinemaAssociatesTheatres on September 1, 2008 at 12:37 pm

Actually, in response to Aaron Wood’s comment, the largest screen in the northern suburbs is at the Regal Cinemas Lincolnshire IMAX Theatre… it’s 5-stories tall and 89-feet wide.

Klunke on October 25, 2008 at 6:33 pm

I was an Assistant Manager of this Theatre from June 1989 to January 1992. I would love to reconnect with anyone I worked with there.

LAlers on September 2, 2009 at 5:57 pm

Hey there KLUNKE!!! I remember you back then those were great times there and I stayed til 1997. You’ll remember me as Janssen’s Adm Asst.

LAlers on September 2, 2009 at 6:04 pm

KerryL…the name doesnt sound familiar?

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