Plaza Theatre

3343 W. Devon Avenue,
Chicago, IL 60659

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Previously operated by: Cineplex Odeon, Essaness Theaters Corp., Plitt Theatres

Functions: Retail

Previous Names: Plaza 1, 2 3

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Ad from Chicago Sun-Times newspaper, Monday, January 27, 1986, showing what was playing at the Plaza Theatre

Located in a strip mall and first operated by Essaness, later (briefly) by Plitt then finally by Cineplex-Odeon. This HAD to be one of the most generic/non-descript theatres ever in the Chicagoland area. Located right across the street from the Lincoln Village Theatre, it seemed to be operated as an adjunct to that theatre.

The Plaza 1, 2 3 was housed in a former discount store (I believe it was called Community). To be more precise, it occupied the north end of the building. It was opened December 12, 1980 with “Stir Crazy” playing on two screens. The third screen opened December 25. I saw “Superman II” and “The Lost Boys” there, I know that it operated until 1987. The Plaza Theatre was closed in 1998.

Although the address listed was on W. Devon Avenue, the theatre did front McCormick Boulevard. Later, a K-Mart opened in the space formerly occupied by Community(?) and also took over the space occupied by the theatre. The K-Mart is now a Home Depot.

Contributed by Paul Fortini

Recent comments (view all 27 comments)

Paul Fortini
Paul Fortini on January 31, 2009 at 2:54 pm

Actually, the sequence would briely be Essaness, Plitt (briefly),
then C-O. Not positive whether or not it made it into Loews.

Paul Fortini
Paul Fortini on January 31, 2009 at 2:56 pm

Oh, and C-O opened the newer section of Lincoln Village around 1988. The Plaza lasted until late 1998, so they did operate concurrently.

Life's Too Short
Life's Too Short on February 2, 2009 at 10:49 am

Paul is correct with regard to Zayre and Venture.

I remember when all three sites around this intersection were operating. It seemed like they valued this market and were trying to create a “megaplex” by combining them. Judging by the large crowds I remember at the original Lincoln Village in the 80’s it was probably a good judgment call at the time.

DavidZornig on December 24, 2009 at 10:54 pm

I don’t know why I just remembered this. But I think when we saw “Robocop” here, they ran trailers for “Alien Nation” with James Cann.
And one of the scenes showed a mall parking lot that looked almost like the one we’d just come in from.

I think it was a scene with ET’s Leeza Gibbons as a newscaster, saying something about President Reagan to establish a time reference.

EricV on February 19, 2010 at 10:39 am

Just for the record, the purple brick building opened as Shoppers World on August 15, 1962. The chain was sold in late 1967 and all stores became Community Discount World on February 29, 1968. Later Zayre/Ames/Kmart, etc.

moviefanaticfan on September 4, 2014 at 5:37 pm

This theater was located in the West Ridge neighborhood of Chicago. For some reason it doesn’t show up on the map of the neighborhood search. The Theater was a nice place to see a movie.

One of the things I remember was, if you paid to see “beverly hills cop” you could stay and see it again. There were only 1 person selling movie tickets at the window and 1 more selling popcorn. There were no movie users.

The Theater was clean and had good popcorn.

DavidZornig on June 13, 2017 at 10:22 am

FYI. Park on the site of the Plaza Theatre to be renamed after late Alderman Bernard Stone.

Chris on July 4, 2020 at 11:52 pm

I saw the Gus Van Zant Psycho here, which according to Imbd was 1998. (Awful movie). I don’t recall much other than it was a plain theater and rather large. Odd that there are no pictures.

Chris on July 4, 2020 at 11:53 pm

Kmart of course is long gone. It’s now Home Depot on the site.

50sSNIPES on December 3, 2023 at 6:51 pm

The Plaza closed in 1998 and was converted into an Ames for a short period of time. The Ames closed less than a year later, and Kmart occupied the former location.

The Kmart opened on March 15, 2000 marking the last of the ten Kmarts to open in the city of Chicago, but the Kmart only operated for a little more than three years as it was then closed on April 13, 2003.

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