17735 Halsted Street,
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Previous Names: Diana Twin, Diana 1-2-3
The Diana Twin opened in September 18, 1975. The original operating chain was Essaness, later operated by Plitt Theatres and finally by the Cineplex Odeon chain. It was located in the Washington Square Mall. The Diana Twin was a nice change of pace from the drab General Cinemas in Indiana. It was located just over the state line in Homewood, Illinois. I saw several films there that I couldn’t see anywhere else such as “Ragtime” and “Friday the 13th 3-D”.
My best memory was a weeknight sneak preview that ended up being the first public showing of “Pee Wee’s Big Adventure”. Imagine a packed house of people all doing the Pee Wee laugh before the show.
As the area became more dangerous and the mall less populated, the Diana Cinemas became a dollar house in 1992. Apparently this experiment failed and the theater closed in 1994. A few years later I went to take a peek and it appeared everything was still there, though I couldn’t see into the auditoriums.
Both the Diana Cinemas and mall that it was located in have been demolished in around 2007, replaced by several “big box” type retail structures.
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