Tradewinds Cinemas I & II

1452 Irving Park Road,
Hanover Park, IL 60133

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Previously operated by: Classic Cinemas, General Cinema Corp.

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Tradewinds Cinemas I & II

The Tradewinds Cinema I & II was opened by General Cinema Corporation as a twin theater on July 6, 1973. Later part of the Classic Cinemas chain, but before it closed around 2002, it was screening East Indian films. The Tradewinds Cinema (along with the Tradewinds shopping center) was demolished in February 2006, and will be replaced by a Menards store.

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Paul Fortini
Paul Fortini on October 31, 2005 at 10:17 am

During the late 80s, I dated a woman from Streamwood and we used to patronize all of the theatres in the area: The Barrington Square, The Tradewinds, The Woodfield. Now all are gone. The Streamwood, The Rolling Meadows and The One Schaumburg Place didn’t exist at the time, but now they’ve come and gone too!

dtb305 on February 1, 2006 at 9:55 pm

Demoltion of the Tradewinds shopping center, including the theater, is currently underway.

hpkid on February 28, 2006 at 9:24 am

I have photos taken prior to the demoltion that I would like to post. When will this feature be online?

NinjaMurasaki on March 10, 2006 at 4:54 pm

YES! Good job taking those photos. I hope they’ll be postable soon.

NinjaMurasaki on March 10, 2006 at 5:07 pm

I’m not sure when that feature will be online, but you could always post a link.

GCCguy on November 16, 2006 at 12:45 pm

I was a General Cinema manager from 1971 to 1975 and supervised the construction of this theater around 1973. It was the tiniest cinema that I had ever seen. When this one was designed, they didn’t even add any storage space for the cups, raw popcorn, popcorn oil, candy, etc. We ended up dividing the manager’s office in half and calling one the office and the other the storage room. It surprises me that it lasted as long as it did.

CatherineDiMartino on February 14, 2007 at 6:08 am

So was this a General Cinema then at one time? When did Classic Cinemas take over?

darnsocker on August 2, 2009 at 6:12 am

I loved that theater! Saw a whole host of awful B movies during the mid-seventies (of which I’m a huge fan now). Every theater shows the same set of movies now. Choice and variety in theaters died with the VCR and DVD.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on December 8, 2010 at 7:29 pm

Yes, GGC guy, seems like GCC was good about not building in enough storage space . We used the booth often to store cups,Pissed the Projectionists off,but we had no other choice.

rivest266 on November 11, 2016 at 11:40 am

This opened on July 6th, 1973. Its grand opening ad can be found in the photo section for this theatre.

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