After reading Sloopin’s latest Roosevelt Collection update yesterday, I felt it was time to ride down to pay another visit to the development at 150 W Roosevelt Rd in the South Loop. The place was buzzing with activity by the time I arrived, with workers racing all over the place to get things in shape for the debut of its new 16-screen Kerasotes ShowPlace ICON movie theater. The theater will open tonight with two midnight screenings of Avatar, followed by the addition of another eight films later on tomorrow morning. (You’ll hear me talk about the opening being “next week” a few times throughout this video — obviously the month is getting away from me, because the 18th seemed so far away at the time.)
One of our readers asked in the comments section of an earlier post whether this theater would have fancy seating and other luxuries. According to Fandango, you can reserve your seats in advance, including VIP balcony seats for 21-and-up audiences, which is something you don’t see at many other theaters in the city.
WGN toured the theater with Jerry Kleiner and filed the following report yesterday. Kleiner’s lobby lounge will open along with the theater tonight.