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Skokie, IL: Going to the Movies at the Old Orchard Shopping Center, Past and Present

Posted on Sunday, April 7, 2024 4:37 PM

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If you're in the northern Chicago suburb of Skokie, Illinois, and you want to watch a movie, you have some options. The southeast part of Skokie has the AMC Village Crossing 18 on West Touhy Avenue, and if you're on the north part of town, the Old Orchard Shopping Center on Old Orchard Road and Skokie Boulevard is where you want to go. We visited the shopping center recently to take in the Downton Abbey exhibition that was there (next to the Titanic Exhibition), so taking some photos was in order.

Until last year, the shopping center had two movie theaters: the CMX Market Cinemas Old Orchard and the CMX Old Orchard Luxury.

The former closed in July 2023 and was located on the east side of the shopping center. It originally opened in 1994 as a Cineplex Odeon location, and was later owned by AMC and by Regal Cinemas. Regal closed it in 2016, and it was opened by Cinemex in 2018.

Theater photoThe exterior of the former CMX Market Cinemas Old Orchard still stands, but visitors are directed to the theater that is still in operation on the other side of the shopping center.

The CMX Old Orchard Luxury is in operation on the western side of the shopping center. It also started its life in 1994 as a Cineplex Odeon location, became an AMC theater, and then was turned over to Regal Cinemas in 2010. Like its eastern sibling, this theater was closed by Regal in 2016, and it subsequently was reopened by Cinemex in 2017 as the CMX - Old Orchard Dine-In, and then later renamed to CMX CineBistro Old Orchard when the other location reopened. By January 2023, it was known as the CMX Old Orchard Luxury.

Cinemex USA filed for bankruptcy protection in April 2020, which was a month after theaters across the country closed due to the coronavirus pandemic. At the time, it was operating 40 locations under the CMX and Cobb Theatres brand names. We currently list 29 locations operated by the company.

Photos of Both Locations

If you would like to see the photos that we took on our visit, please view the Photo Gallery page for the CMX Market Cinemas Old Orchard, and the Photo Gallery page for the CMX Old Orchard Luxury.

Find Showtimes for the CMX Old Orchard Luxury and Purchase Tickets

To see what's playing and when, and to buy tickets online, please visit the Showtimes page for the CMX Old Orchard Luxury.

Theater Photos: Copyright © SVJ Designs, LLC. All rights reserved.

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