Lakehurst Cinema 12

601 Lakehurst Road,
Waukegan, IL 60085

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50sSNIPES on November 30, 2022 at 8:41 am

Expanded to 12 screens in July 1987 with a seating capacity of 3,200.

50sSNIPES on July 5, 2022 at 7:18 am

Opened in May 1974.

LAlers on September 2, 2009 at 3:04 pm

KerryL…the name doesnt sound familiar?

LAlers on September 2, 2009 at 2:57 pm

Hey there KLUNKE!!! I remember you back then those were great times there and I stayed til 1997. You’ll remember me as Janssen’s Adm Asst.

Klunke on October 25, 2008 at 3:33 pm

I was an Assistant Manager of this Theatre from June 1989 to January 1992. I would love to reconnect with anyone I worked with there.

CinemaAssociatesTheatres on September 1, 2008 at 9:37 am

Actually, in response to Aaron Wood’s comment, the largest screen in the northern suburbs is at the Regal Cinemas Lincolnshire IMAX Theatre… it’s 5-stories tall and 89-feet wide.

CinemarkFan on September 2, 2007 at 11:33 am

No, it was expanded to 12 screens in 1987 by General Cinema.

Paul Fortini
Paul Fortini on July 21, 2007 at 5:53 am

The description above implies that this place expanded to 12 screens when it was operated by Village Theatres. Is this true?

bigred on January 23, 2007 at 8:19 pm

I can’t believe they were still using reel to reel on this theater. It wasn’t uncommon for General Cinema’s union to run all of the theaters by themself. All GC had union until late'95 when the smaller units had the managers start running the booth part of the time after they brought in a former vp from AMC. At the Mall of America 14 they had 1 projectionist run both sides rather than one on each side.

Life's Too Short
Life's Too Short on January 15, 2007 at 1:10 pm

LOL. That is pretty brutal.

CatherineDiMartino on January 15, 2007 at 12:49 pm

Hooray for you, Cinemark Fan! When do you thing Bloomingdale Court will be closed?

Which one comes after the Bloomingdale? I pick the Lincoln Village (see my comments on Village Theatres under that listing).

Paul Fortini
Paul Fortini on January 15, 2007 at 12:34 pm

And now it’s closed. Cinemark Fan gets the cigar in the “Village Theatres Dead Pool” (i.e. which Village Theatre will close next.)

There are now mannequins sitting in the paybooth. I find that totally hilarious!

kerryL on January 1, 2007 at 3:02 pm

I worked at Lakehurst Theatre from 1992-1993.At that time, General Cinema ran it well and it was a top-tier theater. Today, the theatre is a joke. During my last visit in Dec. 2006, I had to ask them to turn on the heat and ask them to turn on the movie! Ugh. Rumor has it that it will be closing in the next few weeks. The only thing bad about its closing is that they are putting up a “no-tell motel” on the property. The area is being ghettofied thanks to the Super Wal-Mart.Bah!

Kandy on July 2, 2006 at 5:55 pm

Lakehurst is a cheap cost to see a movie. However the theatres smell like they never have used any king of cleaning solutions. Most of the theatres are cold in the winter and hot in the summer. Management is very very bad – I was treated like a fool twice at this place. Turns out that they are asking poeple to sign a petiton to keep the theatre open. Come on they should of thought of that before they treated people very rude. So I guess the theatre lost their grant to keep it open.

Hermie on June 3, 2006 at 3:58 pm

The theatre is still near the bowling alley, and between a Tires Plus and a McDonalds (which was constructed on a part of the theatre’s parking lot).

The theatre building will eventually be demolished, once it finally closes. A motel is supposed to be built there.

Life's Too Short
Life's Too Short on June 1, 2006 at 5:36 pm

The Lakehurst Mall has been demolished, isn’t that correct? I guess that means that the cinema is standing by itself out in the middle of nowhere?

Hermie on June 1, 2006 at 5:10 pm

Lakehurst was the first multi-screen theatre in northern Lake County, and ironically, helped speed up the demise of the two single screen theatres in downtown Waukega: the Genesee and the Academy.

It opened up with ‘The Exorcist’, ‘The Three Musketeers’, and ‘Serpico’.

It also had only two union projectionists on staff running all three shows: one day shift and the night shift. At GCC’s Deerbrook Cinema, there were two projectionists for each theatre, so you could have at least four union guys at one time. Part of the reason was the type of equipment used. Lakehurst was more modern and there were far less reel changes to be made. They were paid pretty well, and as a result, matinees were dropped during the week during non-summer months, since attendance wasn’t large enough to offset the labor costs. However, the Lakehurst theatre did not drop matinees because their union contract maintained the same staffing. The Deerbrook union local was run out of Chicago, while the Lakehurst local was run out of Milwaukee. If the Chicago local had prevailed, there would have been at least 6 projectionists in the booth, and more than likely Lakehurst would also have restricted matinees to weekends and holidays.

Klunke on February 4, 2006 at 4:13 pm

Anyone else work at Lakehurst Theatre between 1988-1991?

Lowcoz on August 26, 2004 at 9:10 pm

Waukegan is going to have a new theater opening soon later this year. It is The Genesee Theater ( )in downtown waukegan. This theater is going to be better than any theater that is out in the lake county are by far.

Nage3 on July 20, 2004 at 12:00 am

He’s right. There is another theatre in Waukegan called the Belevidere. It has been there since the mall opened in the 60’s. (They just got rid of their retro 60’s sign a few years back unfortunately.) This is the address:

Belvidere Mall 4 Theatre
2145 Belvidere Road
Waukegan, IL 60079

If you add it to the list I can post a picture.

richardportalatin on April 24, 2004 at 10:32 am

Lets not forget about Waukegan first cinema. It was called the
Belevidere mall cinema it open in 1968. It was the area first
indoor mall cinema. It was sold in the mid 80’s to a independent
theater chain. It was converted from a singal screen to three
screens and remain open till Nov. 2003 when it was closed for
remodling. It is still close at this time

RobertR on April 2, 2004 at 1:46 pm

I never heard of a bootlegged 35mm print being shown? What movie was it?

whslc on April 2, 2004 at 1:14 pm

This cinema has the best prices. I like the fact that sometimes you can go and it feels like you have the whole theatre for you and your friends. They always show the newest films.
My only disapointment with this cinema is their lack of focusing the films before they start the show. One time they even showed a bootlegged copy of a film but they gave me a refund. The food isn’t so good either

juan on March 11, 2004 at 12:07 pm

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MovieMan26 on February 16, 2004 at 5:34 pm

This cinema has the largest screen in the north suburbs.