Evergreen Theater

9730 S. Western Avenue,
Evergreen Park, IL 60805

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Previously operated by: Loews, Loews Cineplex, M & R Theatres

Firms: Sydney H. Morris & Associates

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Undated photo courtesy of Rich Bird.

Was in the Evergreen Plaza Shopping Center in Evergreen Park. The twin-screen Evergreen Theater was opened on June 26, 1964 with Sean Connery in “From Russia with Love” & Tony Curtis in “Wild and Wonderful”.

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Recent comments (view all 32 comments)

whtesoxfan56 on November 2, 2011 at 6:47 pm

I very vaguely remember this theater, if just for seeing its name in newspaper ads. Does anyone remember if this was a Cineplex Odeon, or a Loews theater? I thought it did get into the hands of one of those chains, and wouldn’t be surprised if they chose to close this theater, as a result of their merger in the late 90s.

Tim O'Neill
Tim O'Neill on November 2, 2011 at 6:50 pm

It was originally an M&R Theatre, then it became a Loews Theatre in the late 1980s. And then………with the big merger; it became a Loews Cineplex Theatre and closed in the summer of 1999. It later got demolished.

whtesoxfan56 on November 4, 2011 at 4:38 pm

Ah, okay. For whatever weird reason, I was thinking it was C-O that eventually took control of this theater, but I see it wasn’t. Thanks for answering.

Sirrom0206 on February 17, 2012 at 11:59 am

Wow, sad to hear about this. I saw the first run of Up In Smoke in this theater.

rivest266 on June 19, 2012 at 5:28 pm

Grand opening ad uploaded in the photo section for this theatre.

DBuckley on September 18, 2012 at 5:58 pm

I was an usher at the Evergreen in the Summer of 1970. Pay was .85/hour. Saw “Airport” & “Paint Your Wagon” numerous times. When they showed “Snoopy Come Home”, I had to stand in the lobby next to a guy in a Snoopy suit so the kids wouldn’t mob him. A sad note, one of the managers, Karl Hyde, was murdered in the theater in July 1973. Here’s a link about the homicide: http://il.findacase.com/research/wfrmDocViewer.aspx/xq/fac.%5CIL%5CIL2%5Carchwaf%5C1979%5C19790511_0000738.IL.htm/qx

bbfarmer on February 3, 2013 at 9:24 pm

I only went to this theater once, as I lived nowhere near it, but it’s a fond memory. Saw “Taxi Driver” when it first came out, and the theater was still a twin. The other side was showing the Elliott Gould movie “I Will… I Will… For Now”.

olscoob on August 29, 2013 at 11:28 am

very fond memories of the old Evergreen Plaza theatre. saw ALIENS there with dad, and in high school me and my friends would be there every Friday of opening night for the Halloween/Nightmare on Elm Street sequels. my last good memory was seeing The Blob remake on my day off from working at Evergreen Aqua. it was a huge theatre and it was awesome. Good times!

DavidZornig on April 23, 2015 at 3:45 pm

Undated photo added courtesy of Rich Bird.

50sSNIPES on October 9, 2021 at 4:07 pm

Opened On June 26, 1964 With “From Russia With Love” At Screen 1 And “Wild And Wonderful” At Screen 2.

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