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Esquire Theater - 6 Reviews - 58 E. Oak St., Chicago, IL - Movie Theaters Reviews - Phone (312) 280-0101

Esquire Theater

58 E. Oak St.
Chicago, IL 60611
(312) 280-0101
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I'm not sure if they were waiting for AMC to take over or partner or whatever the heck it is they do - but this place needs a facelift. That said, it usually has the "harder to fi...

Only Memories Now 9/18/2007

Sorry to report that the Esquire closed in 9/06. Most likely targeted for the wrecking ball. more

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Getting There 5/27/2006

I have been going to the Esquire since I was young, and so it is sad to see that it is not what it used to be. I stopped going a couple years ago, because it couldn't compete with the other local theaters with style and cleanliness. I don't want to watch a movie in a beat up theater. Sometimes they will have some films that the other regular theaters don't have, but I can catch those at Century Mall up north in a better atmosphere. more

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Go For The Films 4/9/2006

They do have some amazing films shown here that sometimes don't make it elsewhere. Yes, they do need to make improvements and I'm sure after they do more folks will be praising this old but legendary theatre. It's location is also what brings in lots of folks. Aprox. a block away from the famous Mich. Ave. movie watchers can take a needed break from shopping, working or whatever. I went to see the concert film "Heart of Gold" featuring Neil Young & friends at the Esquire yesterday and there were no problems with the sound or the projector. more

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Needs a revamp 3/20/2006

I'm not sure if they were waiting for AMC to take over or partner or whatever the heck it is they do - but this place needs a facelift. That said, it usually has the "harder to find" films. The outside looks cool and it's a good location. They just need to fix the place up. more

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Esquire has seen better days 3/19/2006

The Esquire has definitely seen better days. Its primo location on Oak Street now contrasts with the sometimes moribund experience of seeing a movie here. It used to be a rather slick place to see a film, but the facilities now seem a bit dim and is staffed with some people who don’t really care if you are having a good time at the movies or not. more

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Always a Good Movie, Not Always a Great Theatre 3/1/2006

It's a shame that some of the best films in town are at Esquire. This theatre has seen better days, but if the movie you want to see is playing here, it probably isn't playing anywhere else. On a slow, weeknight I had to wander around for a while to find the ticket counter, which is outside and to the left of the door. True, I usually miss these kind of things, but rather than you wander around, the ticket counter is outside. The concession stand is another story. The selection is adequate, nothing great, but sometimes only the one upstairs is open. The chairs are the same, adequate. I tried to see Capote and the projector or the film broke, so the manager had to apologize to us, and offer us free tickets for next time as well as a refund. Kind of irritating, but I thought the manager handled it well. I recommend Esquire only due to their choices of films, not for the theatre itself. more
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  • Neighborhoods:

    Near North Side, Central