Something else to miss come next Christmas

by Darth Danno
on 2022-12-07, 08:38:26

Saw a post on social media Tues night that really saddened me. Park Ridge's Pickwick Theatre plans to close in January. Now if you're not familiar with the Pickwick Theatre, or Park Ridge, Il. In general, then this means absolutely nothing to you, but there's a lot of history there for me. Many decades ago, one New Year's Eve, my mother and father (which was quite rare considering my father's dislike of any films that didn't have John Wayne in them) took me to see my first film on the big screen: Walt Disney's "Robin Hood". This was the beginning of my love of movies. Image

When "Star Wars" first came out in 1977, I was 8 and my Mother thought the film would be too scary for me, at the time, I was only interested in seeing animated films anyway, and anything "live action" held no interest. But as the film's popularity grew, my curiosity was piqued, and I wanted to see it. It took my best friend's mother to finally get my mother to let me go, and so when it came back to the theaters during the summer of 1978, one afternoon my mother and I went to the Pickwick Theatre to see it, thus began my love of Star Wars. Image

(The following information comes directly from Wikipedia) The Pickwick Theatre opened in 1928 as a vaudeville stage and movie theatre. It is widely recognized for its marquee and 100-foot tower, which appeared in the opening credits of "At The Movies". The main auditorium, built to resemble an Aztec or Mayan Temple, originally seated up to 1,400 people. Seating in the main auditorium was reduced by 200 seats in 1968 (the year I was born as a matter of fact), and an additional 400 seats in 2012 as the result of renovations. In 1990, theatre management expanded the Pickwick (named in 1928 by the mayor of Park Ridge for the title character Samuel Pickwick in Charles Dickins' novel: "The Pickwick Papers".) by adding three new screens behind the original auditorium. In 2017, the owner added a 39-seat theatre located on the second floor of the rear building, in place of the theatre's offices. Image

(The following information comes directly from a Chicago Tribune article by Caroline Kubzansky) A co-owner of the theatre is stating the closing is due to the movie theater losing money almost consistently since the onset of the pandemic; however they hope a "knight in shining armor" will take over the operation. The owner said he's thinking the final feature (set for Jan 8th) will be "Gone With The Wind". Image

I really would hate to see this place close. I'll never forget the first time I saw that Star Destroyer chasing the Rebel Blockade Runner across that ginormous screen. I believe it's the only Star Wars film I ever saw there, but no one ever really forgets their first time. Here's hoping someone can step in and be the theatre's "New Hope". is not affiliated with Lucasfilm Ltd. or any of its licensees... damn them to hell. Can't they see a golden opportunity when they see it? Buy us, you fools! You already own our souls and all our money... buy US!!! This site uses Google Analytics. It does not collect or share any additional user data.
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