Quad Cinema

5700 N. Belt West,
Belleville, IL

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Quad Cinema

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The BAC Cinema opened in 1966, adjacent to the BAC’s Skyview Drive-In. The theater could seat about 800. During the mid-80s, three more screens were added to the building, and the theater became known as the Quad Cinema. In 1990, Kerasotes Theatres began to lease the four-plex, and ran it until it was closed in 2000.

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Chris Utley
Chris Utley on June 29, 2007 at 6:54 pm

Heh…and so goes the impending destruction of the last remaining drive-in theatre in the St. Louis area!

alymae1010
alymae1010 on August 15, 2007 at 5:44 pm

I sorely miss this theater. They gave me my first job when I was 16, and then my sister a few years later. My sister was working there when Kerasotes pulled out, and shortly for Mr. Bloomer when just the 1 screen was open. From people close to the situation (for some reason people don’t want to talk about this), I was told that there was structural damage to the ‘new side’ that contained the smaller three screens. This was obviously going to cost quite a bit of money to fix. Kerasotes believed that Bloomer should pay for it, since they were leasing the theater. Bloomer wanted Kerasotes to pay for it because they were the ones using the theater. Based on the state that Bloomer has let the drive in get to, I don’t think he is interested in sinking one dime into the theater business. Kerasotes obviously was not going to renew the lease with 3 unusable screens. Mr. Bloomer did reopen the main screen, but that didn’t last very long. Let’s just say that he doesn’t have the best reputation as a manager among former Quad employees, and a lot of the ‘vets’ moved on.
Sorry if that was too opinionated at the end. I’m just sad to see the Quad abandoned, and the Skyview possibly meeting the same fate.

JAlex
JAlex on February 18, 2009 at 10:05 pm

The four-screen QUAD opened in November 1985.

adambrower
adambrower on April 13, 2010 at 6:51 pm

I too worked for the Ritz then it closed then i transfered to the Quad till the day it closed because of the kerasotes vs bloomer dispute. Best memories working there! funny stories. When Star Wars (eps 1) opened showed midnight showing I worked the box office. 20 min into the film the sound broke! 30 min passed as the manage Dave Romantic fanatically junked parts to make a make shift sound system. A lot customer camped out. Some entertained the crowd by role playing on the stage of 800 seat. We had some 755 people seated! I was told last time that many was when Gone with the Wind played again there!

adambrower
adambrower on April 13, 2010 at 6:56 pm

funny story. Titanic was playing. summer of 1997? the theater sat some 750 people 800 max. Never in my life for the whole summer pickup some many nasty tissues and seen old and young and men and women walk out crying. lol funny as hell. It was always funny when we took out the trash out back you could see people parking in our lot watching a sneak peak of the skyline drive in without paying, EMT, Police, you name it

adambrower
adambrower on April 13, 2010 at 7:00 pm

yeah if when to the quad cinema to the concession stand and asked for a small popcorn and small drink, some how you walked away with the 2 large drink and 1 popcorn combo he he. forceful sales tactics!
always had free drink refills and popcorn refills. I always thought it was funny when the people walked in and sat down, grab a greasy used popcorn bag from the trash and try to get a free refill

CSWalczak
CSWalczak on June 23, 2010 at 3:46 am

This is apparently actually going to happen: View link

kschneiderstl
kschneiderstl on March 9, 2011 at 8:45 pm

It would be nice if they could tear down that godawful strip mall on the other side of the Skyview. Not only is the strip mall completely devoid of any cultural or architectural merit, the lights from it are very distracting to moviegoers.

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