Villa Park Cinemas

623 North Avenue,
Villa Park, IL

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Ad from Chicago Sun-Times newspaper, Monday, January 27, 1986, showing what was playing at the Villa Park Cinemas

This cinema was built sometime in the 1970s as an independently owned theater. It opened with only one screen and stayed that way until the mid 1980’s when they added three more screens.

It was a second-run venue for $1.50, Sadly, this cinema closed in early 1995 due to the Northgate Cinema that had been taking business away since 1993, the year the Northgate opened just down the street.

For a while, the old cinema space was an antique mall but that was closed and now it’s just an empty space.

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Recent comments (view all 4 comments)

jimpiscitelli on January 23, 2004 at 7:22 pm

I remember that the Villa Park was once a single screen, later was split into two and later added two more screens in the rear of the theater.

reiermann on July 15, 2005 at 11:17 am

This was a great inexpensive place to catch a lot of flicks in the 80’s. I can’t begin to list all the movies I saw here (both as a single screen and as a twin). The theater had a good Dolby sound system which was rare to find at the time in 2nd run theaters. Some memorable movies I saw here: Officer and a Gentleman, Risky Business, Gremlins, Thief.

malicedoom on September 18, 2006 at 4:30 am

A shame. This theatre gets put out of business thanks to Northgate and then Northgate goes under due their own miscalculation of trying to go first-run. Now we have neither. :(

UnknownCinemaDude on July 24, 2010 at 7:17 am

is the northgate still standing? …. who is the nearest theatre that villa park has?

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