Cherryvale Mall Cinema

7200 Harrison Avenue,
Cherry Valley, IL 61112

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on December 21, 2016 at 6:33 pm

The former Cherryvale Mall Cinema’s original, three-screen building is now the home of the GAR South Trampoline Park, operated by Gymnastics Academy of Rockford, so I suppose gymnasium would be the most accurate description of the current use. The trampoline park uses the address 1949 South Bell School Road, but even with that address Google Maps won’t put the pin icon in the proper place.

The building is at the southwest corner of Bell School Road and Mid Mall Drive, at the northeast corner of the mall property. In Google Maps' satellite view the building appears to be in good condition, but street view shows that grass is attempting to reclaim the severely crazed parking lot.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on December 21, 2016 at 5:20 pm

An ad for the Massey Seating Company on this page of Boxoffice, August 2, 1976, features a photo of one of the auditoriums of Plitt’s CherryVale 1-2-3.

DavidZornig on June 30, 2015 at 12:12 am

Circa 1990 Flickr photo added courtesy of the Rockford Rewind Facebook page.

cinemaphile72 on July 8, 2012 at 11:11 pm

By the way, the information in this listing is not correct. They did not move into the mall and increase to four screens. They opened an ADDITIONAL four screens inside the mall, which then closed about 2000. The 3-screen theater outside the mall stayed open until it closed/moved when Kerasotes opened a new Showplace 16 about two miles away in 1997 (now AMC).

cinemaphile72 on July 8, 2012 at 11:05 pm

Some friends and I are interested in buying or leasing this building and reopening it to play older movies. Anyone know who owns it or how to find out who to contact?

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on November 27, 2011 at 5:15 pm


rivest266 on November 27, 2011 at 12:19 am

Four cinemas in the mall opened on February 11th, 1983. Cineplex Odeon listed then together from 1987 onwards.

rivest266 on November 26, 2011 at 4:18 pm

Three cinemas opened outside the mall on August 29th, 1975. Grand opening ad with an small picture has been posted here.

CSWalczak on March 26, 2010 at 10:28 am

There is a proposal to convert the building into a nightclub: View link

baschaible on May 5, 2009 at 11:49 am

Kewalsl, I am also interested. What information do you have?

kewalsl on March 29, 2009 at 3:04 pm

to souledout4ever – are you still interested in purchasing the Cherryvale theater ?

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on March 14, 2009 at 4:32 pm

The other three Plitt theaters designed by Finck, Stowell & Frolichstein are also listed at Cinema Treasures:

Hawthorne Theatres, Vernon Hills, Illinois.

Fox Valley Theatres, Aurora, Illinois.

Orland Square Cinemas, Orland Park, Illinois.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on March 13, 2009 at 11:41 pm

This was one of at least four 1970s multi-screen theaters designed for Plitt Theatres by the Chicago architectural firm of Finck, Stowell & Frolichstein. Others included quads in the Chicago suburbs of Vernon Hills and Orland Park, and another in Aurora, Illinois.

The Cherryvale Mall triplex had 1494 seats, according to an ad for the Massey Seating Company published in Boxoffice Magazine, August 2, 1976.

souledout4ever on October 9, 2007 at 8:44 pm

how much would it cost to purchase the theatre and what would the terms of use and service be?