While Classic Cinema’s Paramount, Kankakee IL shortly celebrates its 80th birthday their Lake, Oak Park continues a month’s long 75th birthday celebration with a screening of MGM’s “The Great Ziegfeld” on Monday Sept. 12 at 1 and 7 pm. This festival of 1936 films continues on the second Monday of the month thru December. The Lake opened in April, 1936, designed in the stream lined style by Thomas Lamb, the prolific theatre architect perhaps better known for his blatantly rococo designs such as the Capitol, NYC or the Fox, San Francisco.
Classic Cinemas, based in Downers Grove, Illinois, is a family owned company operated by Willis, Shirley ( both THS members) and Chris Johnson. Established in 1978, Classic Cinemas operates 13 theatres with 99 screens across northern Illinois. www.classiccinemas.com. (NOTE — the total screen count will soon be an even 100 when the now under construction 10th screen at the York, Elmhurst, IL [the home of THS HQ] opens this Fall. And the York continues to go “green” — last week, after a count of every one of hundreds of bulbs by a company official, the entire marquee was re-lamped with LED bulbs.)