Golf Mill Theatres 1-2-3

9210 N. Milwaukee Avenue,
Niles, IL 60714

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Mike1997 on May 7, 2010 at 7:16 pm

I just remembered that in the summer of ‘81, I saw RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK in June, ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK in July, and THE ROAD WARRIOR came out in August. If memory serves, RAIDERS and ESCAPE both played on screen 2 and ROAD WARRIOR was in the center auditorium. All of them were in 70mm on those huge screens in six track Dolby! Wow, that place was amazing! The 50s era bowling alley was great, too.

TLSLOEWS on May 7, 2010 at 5:56 pm

O.K. Chicago Mike!

Mike1997 on May 7, 2010 at 4:04 pm

I grew up a short distance from the original Golf Mill theatre during the 70s and 80s. It was my favorite place to watch movies and I still remember it very vividly. The first film I saw there was JAWS at age 7 and I remember thinking the Golf Mill was like a palace. The two main auditoriums were incredible. Huge screens, great sound, a really cool lobby and spacious seating with big balconies. Even the third smaller screen was big in comparison to today. I saw at least 4 movies a month there for over 17 years of my life. I saw ROCKY, THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK, SUPERMAN, RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK, RETURN OF THE JEDI, APOCALYPSE NOW, FLASH GORDON, GREMLINS, GHOSTBUSTERS, THE GOONIES, FRIDAY THE 13TH, A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET, RED DAWN, ALIENS, TERMINATOR 1 & 2 and countless other classics, in their initial first run at the Golf Mill. I stopped going as frequently when I moved to the city in ‘92. The last movie I saw there before I moved to California was COPLAND in August of '97. I hadn’t been there in about six years and the place really looked rundown. We sat in the center auditorium and the seats were in really bad shape. The once great 60 foot screen was torn and stained in a lot of places. It was sad. In its heyday, it was the coolest and classiest place to see films and there will never be anything like it again.

I noticed several inaccuracies in the above description of the Golf Mill. The third screen was added in the summer of 1974, not 1984 (as it’s listed above). Also, it was always (as long as I can remember) a 3 screen theatre. It incorrectly states above that the Golf Mill was a quad and that the fourth screen was added in the late 80s, which was not the case. I also saw a lot of movies at the nearby Golf Glen, too.

balabankatz on October 24, 2009 at 12:35 am

Another 70’s – 80’s movie bliss killed off by the Cineplex Odeon buy everything and go bankrupt plan.

billymac72 on October 14, 2009 at 12:09 pm

The Mill Run Theater (or Mill Run Playhouse in its old days; it opened in 1965) was in the space occupied by Kohl’s today. It was a completely different building, of course.

Incidentally, its first play was “A Man for All Seasons” starring Charlton Heston. I have a couple of Chicago Tribune scans that show “artists' renderings” of the interior. There’s an exterior shot as well, but it’s not very clear. Email me if you’d like and I’ll forward them:

DavidZornig on October 13, 2009 at 7:16 pm

I see several mentions of the old Mill Run Theatre in some of the older posts.
Where exactly was the Mill Run located?
I know we went there a few times for various shows. Thanks to all.

billymac72 on October 13, 2009 at 12:05 pm

I was likely at the same shows poster Joe was at too.

When Empire Strikes Back came out, my mother – knowing what Star Wars fanatics we were – picked me and brother up at lunchtime to get out of school early that day (it was a Wednesday). We waited in line at Golf Mill for at least two hours. I remember how long line was!

I prepared to do the same when Jedi came out, but it wasn’t necessary for whatever reason. I waited about 30 minutes in line, right in the lobby.

joesampson on June 23, 2009 at 10:26 pm

I saw “Jaws” there when I was 8, and can remember walking out saying it was great.
“Alien” was jam-packed and we had to sit separately till I somehow found 2 good seats after the movie had started.
My buddy George and I cut out of school at Maine West to buy tickets for “Return of the Jedi”, assuming the early show would be sold out. We bought our tickets, heard the Star Wars music, and asked the ticket girl how soon the showing had sold out. She said it didn’t. We ran in and watched that showing and stayed for the next one as well. The movie had just opened.
When my Dad and I got to the theatre for “The Empire Strikes Back”, the line outside was almost to the back of the theatre. When we left, the line was past the bowling alley, the longest line I ever saw.

DavidZornig on April 15, 2009 at 1:03 am

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DavidZornig on February 16, 2009 at 12:59 pm

This was where we drove out to when “Animal House” was completely sold out at Old Orchard back in `78. As I recall, Golf Mill was also a madhouse but we got in. To what was as close to standing room only as seemed allowable.
I don’t know why I remember this, but they were letting people in and out by 2’s, well after the film had started. We were reluctant latecomers due to their own lines. And we were allowed with others to see what portion we’d missed, at the start of the next showing. Then led out. It was literally like a “Soylent Green” assembly line in & out.

Chronos on May 14, 2008 at 3:23 pm

Cienmaven, its funny you mention those movies cuz i saw 2 of them. Rambo and Goonies. Goonies was was with my brother and friends and Rambo with my dad and brother. My parents let me see many R movies when i was young.

CinemarkFan on June 1, 2007 at 12:56 pm

Sometime in 1981 I think. I have an ad from March of that year, and Golf Mill is advertised as an independent theater.

jimpiscitelli on June 1, 2007 at 12:19 pm

When did the Golf Mill Theatre change from Fink Enterprises to Essaness Theatres?

Paul Fortini
Paul Fortini on March 26, 2007 at 7:33 pm

The Old Orchard was a block or two south of Old Orchard on
Skokie Boulevard.

Broan on March 26, 2007 at 6:06 pm

Chicago Tribune, November 26, 1961: “[Golf Mill Theater] will be the first theater in the Chicagoland area to be located in a shopping center”. Remember, the Old Orchard was across the street from the shopping center. And the Park Forest/Holiday could be argued as being part of a shopping center, although not as commonly thought of.

billymac72 on March 26, 2007 at 2:10 pm

You’re definitely welcome. I’m glad I took them. I wish I took a few more. I’m pretty sure I’ve got a closeup of the marquee someplace. I’ll have to see if I can find it. If you look by the door, you should be able to see the poster for one of the last pictures that played there. It was a Nicolas Cage movie called “Holiday Man” or something like that.

Life's Too Short
Life's Too Short on March 26, 2007 at 12:07 pm

Thanks for the photos billymac. They bring back memories.

CatherineDiMartino on March 26, 2007 at 6:08 am

Was this the first shopping center cinema in the Chicago area?

billymac72 on January 23, 2007 at 7:19 am

Here’s a few photos I took shortly before the theater was converted to a fitness club. It had already closed by this point. In hindsight, I really wish I put my camera up to the glass doors for a few shots inside! I looked in there and most of the fixtures were still in place but furniture, etc. were all over. The exterior never changed as far as I remember throughout its 30+ year reign. Anyway, enjoy.

DimitriusStrong on December 17, 2006 at 10:17 pm

This is the first theater I “theater hopped” in. My mother left my cousin and I to see “The Goonies” while she went shopping at Golf Mill Mall, she was gone long enough for us to go on to see “A View To a Kill” and “Rambo: First Blood Part II”.

Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois
Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois on November 27, 2006 at 4:40 am

I’m disapointed, all this excitment about the opening of the Showplace 12 on the Golf Mill page and now that the Showplace 12 is open and has it’s own page, no info from this page or other info you might have, has been added to the new page. I live way down by Kankakee, Illinois a long drive from my old area around Glenview, please get as much info as you can on the Showplace 12 site, including it’s pre opening and first day movies. Sometime long into the future folks will find that very interesting. I think it’s important to get info about a new theatre on ASAP rather than trying to find out the info years from now. Thanks!

Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois
Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois on November 19, 2006 at 7:37 pm

Brian Wolf,
In case you missed it, I just noticed that Jim Piscitelli has added Showplace 12, so you can now add all your info to that theatre’s page. The Golf Mill Theatre page can now go back to just being about the Golf Mill. May the Golf Mill R.I.P. even if it is sorta hard to do as a gym!

CinemarkFan on November 18, 2006 at 8:27 am

Oooh tell me, when should the remodel begin/end? I better get over there and snap photos of the old Webster Place while I still can.

dakotaben on November 18, 2006 at 2:07 am

They are. Stadium is coming to that theatre, along with a new concession stand.

CinemarkFan on November 17, 2006 at 8:02 pm

Okay, more on Showplace @ Golf Mill.

All in all, I highly recomend it. It was worth the 30 miles we drove to get there. I will return. While it probably won’t hold up with the original Golf Mill’s huge screen and style, it’s a wonderfull replacement. More that what you could hope for in this day and age of shoeboxes being put up. I just wish the “big units” were a little bigger. But it’s okay though. But if the design of Showplace 16 @ Roosvelt Collection is anywhere near Shoplace @ Golf Mill’s, then that place is gonna rock. Now if Kerasotes could just give Webster Place the remodel it deverves…..