AMC River East 21

322 East Illinois Street,
Chicago, IL 60611

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hdtv267
hdtv267 on November 7, 2014 at 12:27 pm

Nice complex of theaters. Saw “Whiplash” there on 11/6/14 and was in theatre 5, which per Darquil’s post above is one of the medium sized auditoriums.

Very nice lay out, couple trips up escalators- iconic movie images making up the hallway design, one large banner of Joilet Jake and Elwood Blues greet you as you head up the first bank of escalators ( fitting welcome in Chicago)

If any of the fine readers of this board have been to the AMC Bay Street in Emeryville, the layout, auditorium set up, concession area strongly resembles that.

As I type that line I realize I spend too much time in the cinema when I go on vacation. However I do like to spread the wealth and explore other venues, not become obsessed by one complex.

rayman29
rayman29 on November 2, 2011 at 1:59 pm

I saw a movie on here while on vacation in summer of 07. A great theatre.

Tim O'Neill
Tim O'Neill on July 24, 2011 at 1:09 am

Hey, Cinemark Fan; any news on the Pipers Alley?

CinemarkFan
CinemarkFan on July 23, 2011 at 5:13 pm

Officially all-digital as of 7/22.

darquil
darquil on October 27, 2010 at 11:55 pm

Per box office attendant, the seating capacity for the various screens are as follows:
1 – 107
2 – 107
3 – 107
4 – 114
5 – 150
6 – 96
7 – 240
8 – 61
9 – 256
10 – 410
11 – 312
12 – 397
13 – 174
14 – 62
15 – 88
16 – 174
17 – 88
18 – 62
19 – 96
20 – 165
21 – 149
Total seats: 3,415

Tim O'Neill
Tim O'Neill on April 20, 2010 at 11:40 am

The River East 21 opened in the fall of 2002 and the McClurg Court Cinemas closed at the end of summer, 2003.

rsjones2
rsjones2 on July 13, 2009 at 11:46 am

This theater does great business, defiantly one of AMCs gems. From the AMC marque outside the theater, to the pool hall and bar located inside. It’s sad that the AMC/Loews a few blocks down can’t get anywhere near this theaters business. Chicago loves there quality, ALOT.

CinemarkFan
CinemarkFan on July 25, 2007 at 11:51 am

I would like to add that auditorium #7 is equipped with DLP. I’ve seen Zodiac & Pirates 3 in DLP @ #7.

Paul Fortini
Paul Fortini on December 13, 2006 at 3:03 am

WHAT I DON’T LIKE ABOUT THE RIVER EAST 21

1) It killed the McClurg Court before I ever had the chance to go there. And it’s probably taking patronage away from the 600 North Theatre too.

2) It’s almost always very crowded.

WHAT I DO LIKE ABOUT THE RIVER EAST 21

1) The amenities, including family washrooms, are good.

2) It actually has some ambiance to it, what with murals of famous movie stars, past and present, on the walls of its corridors.

3) The sightlines are good and I don’t feel like the screen is in my face like at the 600 North Theatre.

4) Presentation is good as is the staff.

CHICTH74
CHICTH74 on June 11, 2006 at 6:09 pm

One thing that i like about RIVER EAST 21 is that is very easy to get to but the one thing that i realy like is the “STATIUM SEATING"
i can not tell you how many times that i have payed good money after bad and got that one person or couple that just has to sit right in front and block the screen! Thank You to who ever was the one responsable for puting the statium seats in to the final plans.

Broan
Broan on November 4, 2004 at 11:36 pm

There’s over 100 theaters on this site with more than 12 screens…
That said, it’s probably one of the better modern multiplexes, and one of the only ones I don’t dislike patronizing. Also, it shows a good amount of premieres, and it’s a venue for the Chicago Film Festival. I’d say it’s pretty significant.

Divinity
Divinity on November 4, 2004 at 9:39 pm

What exactly makes this modern multiplex significant enough to be a cinema treasure?

KenC
KenC on November 4, 2004 at 9:21 pm

The seating capacity for each auditorium is as follows: #1-121 seats, #2-121, #3-121, #4-234, #5-166, #6-109, #7-260, #8-71, #9-286, #10-446, #11-336, #12-427, #13-191, #14-71, #15-99, #16-191, #17-99, #18-71, #19-109, #20-183, #21-187. A grand total of 3,899 seats.