AMC Loews Chicago Ridge 6

500 Chicago Ridge Mall,
Chicago Ridge, IL 60415

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This cinema opened in July 1981, in the Chicago Ridge Mall.

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Paul Fortini
Paul Fortini on July 8, 2007 at 7:17 pm

How did this theatre end up in the AMC Chain? Was it orginally a Plitt, General Cinema, M&R, or Essaness? I found some movie listings for 1985 on microfilm and this place was not shown under any of those chains.

CinemarkFan
CinemarkFan on July 8, 2007 at 9:22 pm

Paul, it opened July 31st 1981 (was supposed to open on the 24th, but didn’t because of a union strike) as a three screener under Essaness Theaters. Sometime in 1982 or 83 for reasons unkown, it became an independent theater. Not very long after, they added a fourth screen. It remained an indie until about 1987, when Cineplex Odeon took over. In 1994, CO remodeled it, and cut up the large screen and another screen to create screens 5 & 6.

And of course, it became a Loews Cineplex in June 98, then AMC in January 2006. To my knowledge, it still does great business. For a place that turns 26 in a few weeks, it looks good too.

CHICTH74
CHICTH74 on February 27, 2008 at 12:44 am

Was just at the mall a few days ago this theatre is in a good spot with 2 entrances right off of the food court.

Paul Fortini
Paul Fortini on January 20, 2009 at 7:00 pm

Cinemark Fan,

Did Cineplex-Odeon remodel it into their “classic” C-O scheme like at the Lincoln Village or Burnham Plaza?

CinemarkFan
CinemarkFan on January 20, 2009 at 8:25 pm

Paul,

No, this is one of the rare locations that didn’t get remodeled into that style. The carpeting has the same style that the Esquire had (sea green/blue). The auditoriums now have blue drapes on the walls. Before 2003, it had red/gold drapes. Wild guess here, that style may have dated back to Essaness. The two sets of concession stands and lobby colors are pink/light red (the lighting scheme makes it pink). And this also has the honor of being one of those rare 80’s cinemas with multiple bathrooms. There’s a set of bathrooms right after you buy your tickets, one right near the entrance to auditorium #4 (or is it #3?), and one by #1. Nice theater, but my only problem is the screens. #5 is the largest, with nearly 500 seats. Yet you can tell that #5 and #6 used to be one large and wide screen, Possibly the one that ran 70MM. My guess is CO split it in ‘94.

On another note, Kerasotes is opening the Showplace 14 nearby at 71st & Harlem. I hope CR will still hold it’s own.

flimfan74
flimfan74 on September 22, 2009 at 12:32 am

Question the STARLIGHT was on the spot whare the mall is now i was told that the STARTLIGHT was on the cor of 95th and ridgland whare the candy store is at now . Can some one help me with this thanks

DAL
DAL on May 8, 2012 at 10:50 am

The theatre was opened by F&F Enterprises (Golf Mill 1-2-3), who later merged their operations with Essaness. Cineplex Odeon took over the theatre when they acquired the Chicago-area Essaness locations in 1986.

rivest266
rivest266 on June 19, 2012 at 8:00 pm

Photo of the sign for the theatre as well as the grand opening ad posted in the photo section. Will someone get in that mall and get the theatre entrance? An phone picture will be OK.

BobbyC
BobbyC on July 25, 2012 at 1:10 am

Last Friday, I attended a screening of “The Dark Knight Rises” at the new and improved AMC Chicago Ridge Theatres. The complex has done extensive renovations to the lobby and theatres. Each theater is equipped with new screens and seats (recliners for each moviegoer!). In the re-designed lobby, a full bar and lounge area has been added for patrons who wish to “brew & view”. Praises to AMC for finally upgrading this 31 year-old complex and providing a great theater experience located in one of the best malls in the Chicagoland area.

Aaron77
Aaron77 on February 13, 2013 at 7:29 pm

I would love to see pics of the interior of the theater. Even it’s entrance in the mall.

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