Rolling Meadows Theater

1701 Algonquin Road,
Rolling Meadows, IL 60008

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Previously operated by: Loews, Loews Cineplex, Sony Theatres

Functions: Banquet Hall

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Rolling Meadows Theater, Rolling Meadows, IL

The Rolling Meadows Theater opened on November 19, 1993 by Loews Theatres. It later became a Sony theater. It was best known for showing independent, art, and foreign films in the northwest suburbs. In 2000, Loews/Cineplex opened an 18 screen theater at the Streets of Woodfield shopping center in nearby Schaumburg.

The Rolling Meadows was closed on August 19, 2000 by Loews/Cineplex due to an understandable decline in attendance. The former theater is now home to a banquet hall.

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Recent comments (view all 14 comments)

redPen on March 2, 2007 at 10:12 pm

I was very impressed with the design of Rolling Meadows, and I saw some outstanding “little known” (at the time!) films there, such as “Sling Blade” and the Ian MacKellen version of “Richard III.” I remember that I first got directions to the theatre because it was the only place showing “Sling Blade.” By the time I found it and got into the show, it had started. I was so awestruck by the opening interview/monologue by Billy Bob Thornton’s character Carl, I went back a few days later to watch the entire film again, just to see the first 4 or 5 minutes and the beginning of the speech!

It’s a shame that these nicer “little” theatres get swallowed up by the megaplexes (which generally have no personality), but the memories are fond.

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Life's Too Short on July 9, 2007 at 5:29 pm

The Rolling Meadows was nice. I had to go there once for a corporate web cast. The company I worked for at the time rented the place for the afternoon.

brianbobcat on April 5, 2008 at 3:39 pm

I also remember going to see one of those Choose Your Own Movies here, where you had 4 options (red, green, blue, and yellow I want to say) and the audience vote decided what would happen next. My brother and I sat a bunch of seats apart and would walk down the row pushing whatever button option we wanted. I think I only saw 1 movie like that there, and have no idea what it was called or about. The theater itself had a bunch (6 or 8 maybe?) of large rear-projection TVs playin trailers and ads looping constantly, and when the Streets of Woodfield (formerly One Schaumburg Place) theaters opened, they moved 4 of the TVs to Woodfield, even though now-a-days physically huge TVs like those aren’t anywhere near as cool as a 50" flat screen.


kencmcintyre on March 20, 2009 at 4:21 pm

I read an October 1979 story in the Daily Herald about the possible demolition of the Rolling Meadows Theater, which at that time was owned by the Kohlberg family. Since the introduction gives a 1993 opening date, the 1979 story leaves me a little confused.

kencmcintyre on March 20, 2009 at 4:22 pm

Maybe not so confused. This might have been an aka for the Meadows theater.

Broan on April 11, 2011 at 7:22 pm

No, it was a new build in 1993.

rivest266 on June 23, 2012 at 4:01 pm

1993 grand opening ad uploaded here.

JonPutnam on February 27, 2020 at 9:53 am

I liked this theater. I remember the lobby area being echoey (with tile floors) and all white, with a very modern, sterile, corporate vibe. We used to call it “the airport”—the movie titles and showtimes were presented on electronic display boards, in exactly the same format as airline flights.

At the time, it was a big deal for independent movies to play in the conservative northwest suburbs. I remember watching the 1994 lesbian film “Go Fish” there in an almost-empty theater, and being amazed at where I was.

50sSNIPES on December 1, 2023 at 8:33 am

Opened on November 19, 1993 as a Loews theater. It would eventually become a Sony theater the following year and then back to Loews two years later. Loews Cineplex closed Rolling Meadows' only remaining movie house on August 19, 2000 after the building itself was sold.

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