Quad Cinema

5700 N. Belt West,
Belleville, IL 62226

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BAC Cinema circa December 1978

The BAC Cinema opened as a single screen theater in 1966, adjacent to the BAC’s Skyview Drive-In. The theater could seat about 800. During the mid-1980’s, 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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JAlex on February 18, 2009 at 7:05 pm

The four-screen QUAD opened in November 1985.

adambrower on April 13, 2010 at 3:51 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 on April 13, 2010 at 3:56 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 on April 13, 2010 at 4:00 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 on June 23, 2010 at 12:46 am

This is apparently actually going to happen: View link

kschneiderstl on March 9, 2011 at 5:45 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.

Chris1982 on June 20, 2015 at 10:07 pm

Should be listed as demolished.

ptouchette81 on January 22, 2018 at 6:57 pm

So many memories of movies at the BAC Quad. Among the highlights: Titanic, The Beverly Hillbillies, Look Who’s Talking Too, Pocahontas…and I was even once forced to see one of the My Little Pony movies because my big sister dragged me along ;)

It had the best popcorn in all of Belleville, too!

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