Arlington Theaters Closes, What Now?

Arlington Theaters closed their doors on Sunday but does that mean residents have lost an appetite to head to the theaters?

However you see the 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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Kelly L. July 13, 2012 at 04:35 PM
Among many other reasons, I am sad to see theatre close as it was a great, safe, fun place for our kids to meet their friends. They could get there on their own, by either biking or walking, see movie and have lunch. Where in AH can our kids go?
kathy dieringer July 13, 2012 at 04:48 PM
The Theatre was such a nice place for a family to see a movie. It had a small, hometown feel to it, right in the center of downtown. You didn't have to deal with the new theatre & the drinks being served at the theatre in Randhurst. Very sad.
Quincy Hodges July 13, 2012 at 04:50 PM
Good question Kelly. There are some opportunities, such as parks and pools and Campus Life teen center. But I know what you mean, that location for a movie theater was perfect because its safe, walking distance and surrounded by a lot of eateries.
Tammy Sprengell-Beckley July 15, 2012 at 03:04 PM
My kids ride their bikes there all of the time. It was perfect. They cant ride their bikes to Woodfield or Randhurst. It was so much better when I was a kid. We had video arcades, movies, rollerskating etc. There isnt anything close and affordable for the kids to do in the summer. Boredom leads to misbehaving.
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