AMC River East 21

322 E. Illinois Street,
Chicago, IL 60611

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ridethectrain on September 25, 2020 at 6:47 pm

The theatre ticketing site or fandango if they are reserved seating. I’ve been doing my town for years when I ask or got from theatre employee schedules. Over the recent year with a lot of theatres going reserve seating, you could count the seats with the theatre ticketing site or Fandang. Fandango gives screen numbers, AMC site only the seat map until purchased. Other chains like Regal and Cinemark list the screen number.

My concern if I never went to the theatre, is actualy how the screen size is and digital sound. I realy wish theatres would list if the film is Dolby 5.1 or 7.1 or the format.

I understand their is DTS X, but haven’t seen one theatre saying it shows DTS;X.

Scott Neff
Scott Neff on September 25, 2020 at 3:18 pm

My guess is by counting the seats on the reserved seating chart that appears when you attempt to buy tickets on their websites. That’s the only way I’m aware of short of personally visiting the site or somehow finding that information with the fire marshal.

yingli0521 on September 25, 2020 at 12:33 pm

@darquil, Hello! Can I use your method to know the seating capacity of other theaters? Where can I gather the box office attendence information or is there any other source that can help with identifying seating capacity? Thank you!

ridethectrain on August 5, 2019 at 7:50 pm

Theatre 4 has 214 seats, your about 100 under and theatre 10 176 seats now, it Dolby Cinema

MrWolf98 on July 20, 2017 at 3:27 pm

I’m flying to Chicago next week and I’ll probably catch “Atomic Blonde” on the new Dolby Cinema screen they have here

rivest266 on November 21, 2016 at 6:00 pm

This cinema complex opened on November 1st, 2002. Grand opening ad in colour in the photo section.


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rayman29 on November 2, 2011 at 4:59 pm

I saw a movie on here while on vacation in summer of 07. A great theatre.

Tim O'Neill
Tim O'Neill on July 24, 2011 at 4:09 am

Hey, Cinemark Fan; any news on the Pipers Alley?

CinemarkFan on July 23, 2011 at 8:13 pm

Officially all-digital as of 7/22.

darquil on October 28, 2010 at 2:55 am

Per box office attendant, the seating capacity for the various screens are as follows:
1 – 107
2 – 107
3 – 107
4 – 114
5 – 150
6 – 96
7 – 240
8 – 61
9 – 256
10 – 410
11 – 312
12 – 397
13 – 174
14 – 62
15 – 88
16 – 174
17 – 88
18 – 62
19 – 96
20 – 165
21 – 149
Total seats: 3,415

Tim O'Neill
Tim O'Neill on April 20, 2010 at 2:40 pm

The River East 21 opened in the fall of 2002 and the McClurg Court Cinemas closed at the end of summer, 2003.

rsjones2 on July 13, 2009 at 2:46 pm

This theater does great business, defiantly one of AMCs gems. From the AMC marque outside the theater, to the pool hall and bar located inside. It’s sad that the AMC/Loews a few blocks down can’t get anywhere near this theaters business. Chicago loves there quality, ALOT.

CinemarkFan on July 25, 2007 at 2:51 pm

I would like to add that auditorium #7 is equipped with DLP. I’ve seen Zodiac & Pirates 3 in DLP @ #7.

Paul Fortini
Paul Fortini on December 13, 2006 at 6:03 am


1) It killed the McClurg Court before I ever had the chance to go there. And it’s probably taking patronage away from the 600 North Theatre too.

2) It’s almost always very crowded.


1) The amenities, including family washrooms, are good.

2) It actually has some ambiance to it, what with murals of famous movie stars, past and present, on the walls of its corridors.

3) The sightlines are good and I don’t feel like the screen is in my face like at the 600 North Theatre.

4) Presentation is good as is the staff.

CHICTH74 on June 11, 2006 at 9:09 pm

One thing that i like about RIVER EAST 21 is that is very easy to get to but the one thing that i realy like is the “STATIUM SEATING"
i can not tell you how many times that i have payed good money after bad and got that one person or couple that just has to sit right in front and block the screen! Thank You to who ever was the one responsable for puting the statium seats in to the final plans.

Broan on November 5, 2004 at 2:36 am

There’s over 100 theaters on this site with more than 12 screens…
That said, it’s probably one of the better modern multiplexes, and one of the only ones I don’t dislike patronizing. Also, it shows a good amount of premieres, and it’s a venue for the Chicago Film Festival. I’d say it’s pretty significant.

Divinity on November 5, 2004 at 12:39 am

What exactly makes this modern multiplex significant enough to be a cinema treasure?

KenC on November 5, 2004 at 12:21 am

The seating capacity for each auditorium is as follows: #1-121 seats, #2-121, #3-121, #4-234, #5-166, #6-109, #7-260, #8-71, #9-286, #10-446, #11-336, #12-427, #13-191, #14-71, #15-99, #16-191, #17-99, #18-71, #19-109, #20-183, #21-187. A grand total of 3,899 seats.