UA Cinema

1111 W. 22nd Street,
Oak Brook, IL 60523

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Previously operated by: United Artists Theater Circuit Inc.

Architects: George K. Raad

Firms: George Raad & Associates

Previous Names: UA Cinema 150

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UA Cinema 150 screen (85 foot x 33 foot)

The UA Cinema 150 opened June 19, 1968, in southwest suburban Oak Brook. The opening movie was Glark Gable in “Gone With the Wind”

It was one of the only Chicago-area movie houses to feature the Dimension 150 process. In its earliest days, the Cinema 150 played roadshow films, like “Oliver” (in 1969) to reserved seating.

In December 1972, the theater was twinned, and the Dimension 150 projection equipment and screen were removed. It was also renamed the UA Cinema.

The UA Cinema closed in 1983, and was demolished to make way for the eight-story 1111 W. 22nd Street building designed by Holabird & Root constructed on the site of the theater in 1984.

Contributed by Bryan Krefft

Recent comments (view all 17 comments)

JRS40 on April 27, 2006 at 8:23 pm

Bob, I don’t know for sure if either THE BIBLE or PATTON played the UA Cinema but I know for a fact (I have the bookings for River Oaks 1 from the day it opened in 1969-1981) that neither played at River Oaks. I also have the bookings for the UA Cinema from 71-79 so there is a chance that PATTON could have played there but I would guess THE BIBLE probably didn’t. Also just to correct something in the top description, the theater was twinned in 1972. The second screen opened December 22 with the premiere attraction of “Sleuth” (FYI – The Christmas movie in theater 1 that year was “Young Winston”).

Sauce on October 21, 2006 at 12:58 am

I used to go there a lot as a kid. My mom took us every Tuesday because it was the cheap day. I saw “The Spy Who Loved Me” and they had the Lotus “submarine” car on display. I remember when it was demolished and was sad to see it go.

You can see the property if you exit I-88 after the Oakbrook toolbooth. It’s the parking garage on the right.

chrisgreen on December 11, 2007 at 12:07 am

I took pictures this weekend of the UA Cine in Dallas.

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on August 22, 2009 at 1:45 am

As noted in the article to which Lost Memory linked above, the UA Cinema 150 in Oak Brook, like its counterparts in Dallas and in Santa Clara, California, was designed by San Francisco architect George Raad, George Raad & Associates. However, the Boxoffice article also lists the firm of Keys & Hestrupp alongside Raad for the Oakbrook project only. This was probably a local firm that supervised the construction for Raad’s distant office.

Also, I have a suspicion that Boxoffice might have misspelled one of the names (Hestrupp might actually have been Hestrup) but I’m not positive. What I can find is a .pdf about architectural resources in the village of Glen Ellyn, Illinois, which mentions a firm called Keys & Hestrup, and an error in Boxoffice seems more likely than an error in a local architectural survey.

MPol on August 22, 2009 at 10:56 pm

the UA Cinema 150 looked like a beautiful theatre. Too bad it was twinned, and then, ultimately closed down.

Cliff Carson
Cliff Carson on June 20, 2012 at 8:58 pm

A great theatre for a big film like OLIVER!

rivest266 on June 24, 2012 at 1:09 pm

This opened on June 19th, 1968. I uploaded its grand opening ad in the photo section.

gxceb0t on October 12, 2021 at 5:51 pm

I remember seeing ‘For Your Eyes Only’ and ‘Clash of the Titans’ here. Sad to see it go.

MSC77 on December 26, 2023 at 10:21 am

Fifty years ago today THE EXORCIST opened here. UA Cinema I was among only two-dozen cinemas in twenty-one North American markets to play the film at release launch.

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