However you see the recent closing of The Arlington Theaters located 53 S. Evergreen Ave., it's a sad day for all.
When I'm not pounding away at my laptop, interviewing Arlington Heights residents or attending a meeting in the village, I find myself going to the movie theaters.
Before coming to Arlington Heights, I was the local editor of Cary, a smaller town and about 30 minutes north of Arlington Heights. The town has a lot of character but it didn't have a movie theater, which is why I frequent the Crystal Lake movie theater quite a bit.
When I learned Arlington Heights had a movie theater downtown, I was ecstatic. It's much different than other differences, primarily because of its unique location and design. I've been covering the village for just a little more than 30 days, so as I'm still new to the area, learning the village and the people, the theater closing is sad.
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But, it doesn't have to stay that way. Everyone involve with the downtown location, wants a theater there.
Mayor Arlene Mulder told the Daily Herald, that the theater’s closing is very sad, but she thinks a theater is sustainable in the spot.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Arlington Heights population was at 75,428, as of July 2011, making it one the largest populations in the Northwest Suburbs.
With such a large population, why would a theater have trouble? It could be for a number of reasons, including competition from area theaters, economy, management and a rise of digital movie opportunities online.
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