6851 159th Street,
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Previously operated by: Essaness Theaters Corp.
Firms: Robert Taylor & Associates
Previous Names: Bremen Towne Theatre, Breman 1 & 2 Twin Theatres
Opened on January 29, 1971 as a 1,023-seat single-screen theatre in the then-new Brementowne Mall, the Bremen Theatre moved to the other side of the shopping center on July 19, 1974 when it re-opened as a twin with Lucille Ball in “Mame” & Clint Eastwood in “Thunderbolt & Lightfoot”. The original single screen was demolished to build a department store. The twin theatre was later rebuilt as a quad.
It began to decline in popularity when a much larger and more modern multiplex opened at the Orland Square Mall a couple miles away a few years later. The Bremen was increased to six small screens around this time, and switched from first-run to second-run fare and bargain prices in order to compete.
After many years as Tinley Park’s only movie house, and building a steady and loyal customer base, its owners, Value Theatres, recently sold the Bremen to the Menard’s home improvement store chain, which operates a store next door to the multiplex. Menard’s plans to expand into the former theater space, which will be completely gutted.
The theater went out in style, the weekend of July 25-27th, 2003, with dollar admission and concessions, causing lines to snake into the now nearly-empty shopping center.
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