Harlem Corners Theaters

7340 W. 87th Street,
Bridgeview, IL 60455

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Functions: Gymnasium

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2003 photo credit Adam Martin Collection.

Located in the Burbank district of Bridgeview on W. 87th Street near S. Harlem Avenue. This cinema was opened August 22, 1989. It was last operated by the Value Theaters chain as a second-run venue. The Harlem Corners Theatres closed in May 2005.

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Life's Too Short
Life's Too Short on May 18, 2010 at 1:55 pm

Bally Total Fitness went bankrupt for the second time in four years. I don’t think they will continue expansion plans anytime soon.

Robin Roz
Robin Roz on September 5, 2010 at 9:33 pm

So is this place sitting half ripped apart or something?

Cyberyan on December 2, 2010 at 4:55 pm

Hi all, Just wanted to update on HC. No new plans for anything with the site. The village had the owner (property managers) enclose the front of the site with actual metal and glass doors, as the 2x4 and plywood subdoorway made no sense if they were not planning to do any work. Guessing they removed the lettering and marquee display as same time

To answer your question Robin, Yes, I mean Maybe, I mean wait….(thinking)…..The theater is gone, The gym is a dead idea, So yeah the site is half ripped apart. Who is gonna want that much bare space plus the floor partially tore up. In my opinion the managers (or owner if he had to approve) saw big dollar signs and a long term leasee and got burned.

On a different subject, Sec. of State Jesse White (DMV office) took over the Franks Nursery and Crafts site that I originally said should have been offered to Ballys due to the open outdoor lot, plus the storefront. DMV office now works out of the storefront and the side lot is the waiting area for those needing to take a road test. So Harlem Corners Mall may hang on thanks to the DMV, but there will continue to be a big empty space that will remain unrentable.

Paul Fortini
Paul Fortini on March 25, 2011 at 2:55 pm

That sucks that Harlem Corners is sitting half ripped apart as Robin Roz says. See my comments above about the Morton Grove Theatre. They were closed because the strip mall owner saw $$ by putting in a Shoe Carnival instead. Whereas the MG did great business, reportedly the shoe store’s parking lot sits empty most of the time.

A cinema can also have a residual effect on area businesses. People go out to eat or for a drink before or after a show. When shopping for shoes, not so much. And a shuttered movie theatre brings in no $$ for itself or the surrounding community.

CinemarkFan on March 25, 2011 at 5:24 pm

Damn. If the place wasn’t half ripped apart, Picture Show Entertainment could really do wonders here.

Come to think of it, are there any nearby abandoned department stores that could be turned into 2nd run houses?

Cyberyan on April 7, 2011 at 6:23 am

Finally an update that should ease a few minds at the property managers offices. A small gym company did a walk thru and have decided to see if anyone is willing to join. Just did a quick drive by last week and seen some blue prints of what they would have planned if and when they move in. I really don’t see this place taking off anytime soon…but I guess they proved someone could take over all that empty space. They have an ad for employment on craigslist with a 507 area code (minnesota).

Paul Fortini
Paul Fortini on August 19, 2015 at 2:35 pm

Has anything happened with this site? A freind of mine once lived in Bridgeview and he said the theater always seemed to do good business.

DavidZornig on May 19, 2016 at 6:56 pm

2003 photo added, photo credit Adam Martin Collection. Via the Chicago’s Extinct Businesses Facebook page.

rivest266 on November 7, 2016 at 6:42 pm

This opened on August 22nd, 1989. Its grand opening ad can be found in the photo section.

Foxwoman95 on December 5, 2017 at 12:14 pm

I missed this place it was our hangout back then. The Nachos, Pizza, Pretzels, and popcorn were so good. They gave us extra cheese on the Nachos, aww man I missed this place.

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