AMC Loews Chicago Ridge 6

500 Chicago Ridge Mall,
Chicago Ridge, IL 60415

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rivest266
rivest266 on November 23, 2014 at 1:10 pm

July 1st, 1988 grand opening in photo section. They also had trouble with construction

Aaron77
Aaron77 on February 13, 2013 at 3:29 pm

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

BobbyC
BobbyC on July 24, 2012 at 11:10 pm

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.

rivest266
rivest266 on June 19, 2012 at 6:00 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.

DAL
DAL on May 8, 2012 at 8:50 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.

flimfan74
flimfan74 on September 21, 2009 at 10:32 pm

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

CinemarkFan
CinemarkFan on January 20, 2009 at 4:25 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.

Paul Fortini
Paul Fortini on January 20, 2009 at 3:00 pm

Cinemark Fan,

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

CHICTH74
CHICTH74 on February 26, 2008 at 9:44 pm

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.

CinemarkFan
CinemarkFan on July 8, 2007 at 7:22 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.

Paul Fortini
Paul Fortini on July 8, 2007 at 5:17 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.

Maddog812
Maddog812 on February 14, 2007 at 7:26 pm

I worked weekends at the Starlite Drive-In (min. wage $1.25hr) in 68-70. My uncle was assistant manager for Starlite and Jack Trobe was the manager for both, Studio and Starlite. I remember the screen being blown down by the tornado of 67, Terry’s Discount Store, then sold and called “Community”, the “Slide” which was made out of fiberglass and you sat on a burlap bag to slide down the humps on (much better in the rain), the go-cart track and for a couple years they rented snowmobiles in the winter (real dogs, but then back then they all were). My uncle around Holloween or when a blood and guts movie was playing would put up a freak show in the concession stand and would dangle neon colored skeletons off the top of the screen the whole time screaming scary sounds. Ahh the good old days. He also owned a cleaning service and we would clean the Studio after it closed. About 2-3am back to Starlite to wake up the drunks and chase the cars out, then lock up and back to the Studio to finish cleaning. My uncle would lock us inside to clean and he would return about 8am to help finish up, then back to Starlite to clean the lot of all the crap thrown out from the cars. Made for a long night-day. I got a million memories and a lot of good time at the Old Starlite Drive-In.

RamessesII
RamessesII on February 13, 2006 at 6:27 am

I was an usher at the old “Studio Theater” during the late summer and thru the fall of 1963. As such, I also filled in at the “Starlite Drive-In”, which was right behind the “Studio”. It was a cush job and helped me meet lots of teenaged girls. The movie “Bye Bye Birdie” came out that summer and it seems like I must have seen it at least a thousand times! Behind the drive-in was the local garbage dump and it has often been reported that scenes from the granddaddy of all slasher films: “Blood Feast”, was filmed there. But, I am fairly certain that those scenes were filmed at a different dump… most garbage dumps looked pretty much the same, in those days. Just east of the “Studio” there was a discount store, but it’s name actually was “Terry’s Discount…” (“Center” or “Store”; I’m not certain on that last word, any longer.) The manager of the “Studio”, in those days, was Frank McCrindle; the girl in charge of the concessions was named Carol; the assistant manager was Bob Goldberg and he drove a cherry, blue, 1960 Chevy convertible; his girlfriend’s name was Donna. There was also another usher, whose name was Bill, but I don’t remember his last name. Bob and I wound up getting fired from our jobs, because Bob had keys to the theater and decided to throw an after-hours party there one night; I was dumb enough to go along with the idea…. :–) So much for the “Summer of ‘63”… and the fall….

CinemarkFan
CinemarkFan on February 3, 2006 at 7:37 pm

Now known as AMC Loews Chicago Ridge 6. I wonder if AMC will remodel it.

notadp
notadp on January 26, 2005 at 12:10 pm

now probably will be called Westfield Shoppingtown Chicago Ridge Cinemas.

Westfield Group completes buy of Chicago Ridge Mall.
Westfield puts “Westfield Shoppingtown” in front of the name of each mall it owns, so Chicago Ridge has now become Westfield Shoppingtown Chicago Ridge.

JohnSanchez
JohnSanchez on January 20, 2005 at 12:59 pm

The Studio closed in April 1979.

sqevans
sqevans on January 10, 2005 at 11:40 pm

Community, yeah, that was the store. I don’t remember the tobaggan slides. I think the strip mall amd theatre were torn down in the late 70s (1976? 1977?) but the drive-thru Starlite survived a few more years.

DriveInFANN
DriveInFANN on January 6, 2005 at 5:41 pm

Yep—The Studio and the * Starlite *! I remember them well! Also, I think there was a Community store in that strip mall, as well as a huge tobbaggan slide west of the theaters. Sad day when they tore those theaters down! CR Mall opened in 1980 or 81.

CinemarkFan
CinemarkFan on October 30, 2004 at 12:09 pm

This theatre has six screens, not four.

sqevans
sqevans on October 18, 2004 at 10:56 pm

The Starlite drive-in was on part of the mall property. There was a strip mall fronting on 95th with a Jupiter discount department store (KMart before it was called KMart) and a movie theatre called the Studio, I think. 1 screen, first run movies. All this was built for the baby boomers, so it was probably early 60s. The mall was built in the late 70s or early 80s.

JohnSanchez
JohnSanchez on May 1, 2004 at 1:42 am

Yes I stand corrected. The drive-in that occupied this site was indeed the Starlite.

Dawn
Dawn on April 6, 2004 at 3:37 pm

Oddly, there was a drive in where this mall now stands. I am not sure of the name, but I believe it was named the Starlight.

jimpiscitelli
jimpiscitelli on February 18, 2004 at 5:32 pm

The Cascade-Drive in is located in West Chicago, not Chicago Ridge. The Cascade Drive-In still exists and it’s one of the remaining Drive-In’s in the Chicagoland Area. The Chicago Ridge I believe was opened by Essaness Theaters before Cineplex Odeon took over.

JohnSanchez
JohnSanchez on February 18, 2004 at 12:56 pm

Aaron, this theater opened well before 1986 because I saw “Diner” there back in 1982. I think it opened around 1980 and I believe sits on the site that was once the Cascade Drive-In.