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Skokie, IL: Movie Theaters at Westfield Old Orchard Close

Posted on Tuesday, June 28, 2016 and updated on Thursday, December 1, 2016 5:04 PM

Both movie theaters at the Westfield Old Orchard Mall in Skokie, Illinois; the Regal Gardens 1-6 and Regal Gardens 7-13, are closed. According to an article published in the Chicago Tribune:

Westfield Old Orchard shopper Gloria Pinchonti recently paused outside one of the mall's two movie theater venues with a perplexed look on her face.

There were no movies listed on the marquee, the doors were locked and an ominous sign appeared in the window.

"Regal Gardens Closed for Business," it read before inviting patrons to its other theaters in Lincolnshire and Chicago. In fact, the word "closed" was capitalized and underlined.

"When did this happen?" she asked. "They've been showing movies here for a really long time."

Although you would never know it by the sign in the window, Skokie officials say movies will not only open at these locations again but the theaters will be vastly improved.

"They are closed, but they will reopen after there are substantial upgrades," said Skokie Economic Development Coordinator Tom Thompson.

But the theaters are not expected to open again any time soon, he said.

Click the Read link below to view the full article. We're not sure when the theaters closed, but it sounds as though it has been a few months at least.

Moviegoers in the area will need to visit other nearby theaters, including the Wilmette Theatre, the Century 12 Evanston/CineArts 6 and XD, the AMC Showplace Village Crossing 18, or the ArcLight Glenview. All of these options are less than five miles away.

According to a June 27, 2016 article in the Chicago Tribune, it sounds like both theaters will return to the Old Orchard mall in 2017:

Some delectable offerings from one of Chicago's most successful restaurant operators, Lettuce Entertain You, is also part of the plan, officials said.

The regional shopping center announced the information last week, saying in a statement that the theaters will be under the new ownership of CMX, a wholly owned subsidiary of Cinemex, which it says is the seventh largest cinema chain worldwide. Officials said CMX will be "piloting" the two premium movie theater concepts in Skokie.

Old Orchard officials called features in one theater "an ultra luxurious concept" with CMX Dine-in, offering guests "a relaxing and refreshing experience in a trendy ambience," in its press release. The theater will feature "a carefully curated menu with handcrafted cocktails delivered to the fully reclining plush seats," the release reads and will have six screens.

The second theater at Westfield will have seven viewing rooms and will host the company's "Gourmet Market" concession concept with "grab and go items," in addition to a bar and luxury recliners as well, according to Old Orchard.

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