Fox Valley Theaters

4001 Fox Valley Center Drive,
Aurora, IL 60504

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Fox Valley Theaters 7-10

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Built as a quad in the mid-to-late-1970’s at the Fox Valley Center mall, the theater was originally part of the Plitt Theatres chain of Chicago. In the mid-1980’s, the theater was increased to six screens. By the late-1980’s, the theater was taken over by the Cineplex Odeon chain. Around this time, three more screens were opened in another building, bringing the Fox Valley Center’s total screens to ten.

In 2000, the theater was closed after Cineplex Odeon’s bankruptcy troubles, but the original six screen theater was reopened in 2002 by the Village Theatres chain but was closed once more a year later.

One of the two theater buildings has been converted into a sports bar. The other was demolished in early 2007.

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on March 14, 2009 at 7:33 pm

This was one of at least four 1970s multi-screen theaters designed for Plitt Theatres by the Chicago architectural firm of Finck, Stowell & Frolichstein. The others were:

Cherryvale Mall Cinema, Rockford, Illinois.

Orland Square Cinemas, Orland Park, Illinois.

Hawthorne Theatres, Vernon Hills, Illinois.

DAL
DAL on March 1, 2012 at 12:13 pm

At age 22, I opened the original fourplex at 4001 Fox Valley Center Drive just before Christmas in 1977. Seating was 308, 400, 400, and 604, with Dolby Stereo in the largest auditorium We opened with “The Gauntlet,” “Saturday Night Fever,” “The World’s Greatest Lover,” and “Close Encounters of the Third Kind.” I ran the theatre until spring of ‘79 when I transferred to Orland Square 4. A few years later, a 500-seat auditorium was added to the south end, and a 300-seater to the north end. In the 80’s, prior to Cineplex-Odeon’s purchase of Plitt, the 7-10 location (pictured as “The Foundry” now) was built south of the original site on Executive Drive. We had a tragedy at each of the locations: at 1-6, the manager was shot in the head (survived, with disabilities) during a dispute between customers; at 7-10, the manager was murdered by two teens, one an ex-employee, early on Christmas Eve morning 1988. Two of the best managers I ever knew taken away…such a great loss to the industry and in Ron’s case, to humanity.

theatrelifer
theatrelifer on December 13, 2012 at 5:25 am

Dal, I worked for Plitt/Cineplex for 17 years.When I was Manager at Oakbrook 1-4 Before this new theatre I was manger of what was then 1-3 before being known as 5-7 after the new theatre was open. Ron Roberts took over as manager of 5-7 after I left to open the new theatre. He then left to manage Fox Valley.I just found out that one of the convicted is being released on the 18th of this month after serving half of his sentence and the other murder is being releasd in 2013. This happened on 12-23-1988. My prayers go out to the Roberts family

DAL
DAL on December 15, 2012 at 11:04 am

Sadly, I’ve always realized this day would come, but tried to block it out. The original sentences for the two were life without parole, but those were overturned due to a pre-trial technicality. For the retrial, they pleaded guilty and received 40-year sentences. The two killers would be about 40 years old now, since they were 16 or 17 at the time of the murder. I think Ron was only 28. (Theatrelifer: I’m guessing that you are Jim?)

theatrelifer
theatrelifer on December 15, 2012 at 4:30 pm

No Greg I worked the Oakbrook theatres till 1991 then went to manage River Oaks 7&8.I also worked at Orland in 1983 to 84 Then I opened Orland Sq 5-8. I worked with Mr. Studdert and Gilbert Tamm at 1-4 and Ed Butkovich at 5-8

theatrelifer
theatrelifer on December 15, 2012 at 4:33 pm

My former Brother in Law is Pat Burns He was vp under Irwin Choen at the time. I also have worked for Classic Cinemas,Century(Cinemark) Kerasotes (Regal)

DAL
DAL on December 16, 2012 at 1:23 pm

I’m Dave. I also worked with Bill Studdert at Orland 1-4 and will be forever grateful for that opportunity, since Bill was my connection to the glory days of the old movie palaces. Gilbert Tamm was my assistant at Stratford 1-4. Crossed paths a lot with Ed Butkovich. And I was one of Pat’s DMs from 1988 until 2006, in Chicago and then Houston. I’ve worked for six different companies in 10 states in over 120 locations over 39 years. The sad thing, as this website proves, is that probably 75% of those theatres are now gone forever.

theatrelifer
theatrelifer on December 17, 2012 at 1:34 pm

I think that you were at on time my DM. When I first came to Oak Brook I had Ed Konrandt,Then you Dave Lang,followed by Mike Sadigain,Jim Felker,Jay Schenkel.When I worked for Kerasotes I saw your name as a DM I was so upset that they sold to AMC but the theatre that I worked at City North along with Webster was not part of the sale do to a judges decree they went to Regal.Working for Plitt and then Century(Sufurys) and lastly the Kersotes was the best then came the chains and they let all the managers go. Regal gave me the Choice of making $8.25 down from $19.00 or loosing all benifets and to work part time so I left.Are you still in the Theatre game?

DAL
DAL on December 18, 2012 at 9:48 am

AMC graciously offered a lot of Kerasotes area managers management positions at theatres, and I was with them from the Kerasotes buyout until my location, Crestwood Plaza 10 in St. Louis, closed in May 2012. I’ve been looking for work since. (Finding employment is a lot harder in your 50’s than in your 40’s!) Kerasotes is a great organization with some of the finest professionals I have worked with in my long career, and I’m glad they still go on with their ICON concept.

glennimal
glennimal on January 29, 2013 at 1:28 am

Wow, I was the assistant manager when Doug was there, and got shot. I also ran the smaller theater as a manager and left shortly before Ron took over. It was one of my first major jobs,loved it at the time. i will
be starting a new job soon at a casino, still kind of in the entertainment field. Good luck in your job search.I started at Oakbrook theater.

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