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The LindoIn the world of sterile, cookie-cutter multiplex theatres it's refreshing to find a company that cares about the past. A company that understands the importance of history and preserving our landmarks. A company that looks at the moviegoing experience as more than just ticket sales but as an experience to be remembered and treasured.

At Classic Cinemas, we are that company. Our theatres occupy historical buildings throughout the Chicago area. When these buildings were acquired by Classic Cinemas many were in states of disrepair. Lake TheatreWe've spent countless hours restoring them to their original splendor, preserving as much of the original architecture as possible. The result are unique movie theatres unlike any you will find. Theatres that echo of the golden age of moviegoing and invoke memories of days gone past. But don't let the package fool you. All of our theatres are equipped with the very latest in sound and projection technology. The result is Chris, Shirley and Willis Johnsoncomfortable, modern moviegoing experience that is truly unique.

Classic Cinemas received the Landmark Illinois Richard H. Driehaus Foundation 2011 Preservation Award for “Stewardship”.  Presented to Willis, Shirley and Chris Johnson owners, on October 29, 2011.

 On March 12, 2012 all auditoriums were updated with Enhanced 4K Digital Projection and Datasat Sound Processor.  

To read about a particular theatre's history, click on its name below.

Charlestowne 18 Meadowview Theatre
Cinema 12 North Riverside Luxury 6
Cinema 7
Ogden 6
Elk Grove Theatre Paramount Theatre
Fox Lake Theatre Tivoli Theatre
Lake Theatre Woodstock Theatre
Lindo Theatre York Theatre


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