Buffalo Grove Theater

120 McHenry Road,
Buffalo Grove, IL 60089

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Buffalo Grove Theater

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Located at the Town Center shopping center in Buffalo Grove, on McHenry Road, the Buffalo Grove Cinemas opened on November 24, 1995. It was operated by Chicago Area Theatres who at that time also operated the the Wilmette Theatre in Wilmette, and screened family-friendly second-run fare. From the late-1990’s until the mid-2000’s, it was part of the Value Theatres chain, still screening second-run but ocassionally first-run and independent films too.

From 2009, it has been under new independent ownership, for the first time as a first-run theatre.

Contributed by Bryan

Recent comments (view all 15 comments)

CinemarkFan
CinemarkFan on July 31, 2006 at 9:16 pm

Don’t worry LongGrovemom, if I ever take over this place, I’ll fire those people. People like them are the reason why people nationwide are staying away from theaters.

Broan
Broan on December 4, 2006 at 12:51 am

Here are photos of this theater.

decollete
decollete on January 18, 2007 at 4:37 pm

LongGrovemom, I’ve been going to the BGTheatre for over 15 years. While I agree the place could use a lot of cleaning up, I have never been cheated or treated disrespectfully by staff. A savvy “practicing attorney and …full time marketing consultant and writer” should certainly be intelligent enough to check their change before leaving the window. Especially if it’s their last $10. Sorry you had a bad day and needed to kick the dog. I hope you’re feeling better now.

jimpiscitelli
jimpiscitelli on June 13, 2007 at 1:19 am

This is a great second-run theater. They are not too many in the Chicago area now. Saw “Miss Potter” in theater #3, after a few of the theaters had played it and a couple of sneak preview showings in regular theaters and no wide release. On Tuesdays admission, is $1.00 all times and $2.00 all times for the rest of the days.

Broan
Broan on October 1, 2007 at 12:47 am

Photos of this theater are HERE

opsman
opsman on November 16, 2007 at 10:10 pm

Did the theatre ever show “Goodfellas”, “Total Recall”, “Casino” or “Boogie Nights”?

Broan
Broan on November 16, 2007 at 10:49 pm

It opened November 24 1995, so Goodfellas and Total Recall are out. It might’ve played the others but it was family-focused second run, so I would think it unlikely. It was at first planned as a 4-screen discount second run operated by the Pickwick management. This was supposed to be at the north end of the mall, in a free standing building. The Town Center was envisioned as a sort of downtown for the community when first built in the late 80s, but as it failed to take off, redevelopment was necessary. With the town stepping in, they forced the addition of the theater to raise bonds. The project then passed to Mark Stern of Chicago Area Theaters, the same Stern family with a long history of theaters in Chicago, most notably the Wilmette, Cinema, Devon, and Three Penny. Architect was Barry Weinstein. It shared some interior accents with Marche restaurant in chicago, such as “free-form metal accents in several places. Among the most obvious are the numbers that identify each of the five theaters inside the multi-screen complex.” created by Jerry Kleiner. It also featured handpainted walls and designated rows for birthday parties.

jwballer
jwballer on December 27, 2009 at 7:05 pm

The theatre now shows first run movies

Paul Fortini
Paul Fortini on May 26, 2010 at 1:41 am

Who owns this theatre these days? Is it independent? Value Theatres certainly didn’t last long.

CSWalczak
CSWalczak on October 28, 2012 at 7:37 pm

The theater’s owner has launched a fundraising drive to raise the funds to convert to digital projection; if it fails, the theater may close. View article

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