That’s a wrap: Demolition of Orland Park theater under way
BY MIKE DEACON email@example.com September 29, 2011 10:48PM
Susan Wagner, a village of Orland Park employee, takes photos of the Orland Square Cinemas as they are being demolished at the Orland Square Mall on Sept. 29. | Matt Marton~Sun-Times Media
Updated: November 15, 2011 8:46AM
A once-popular Orland Park movie theater that has been vacant for more than a decade finally has begun its final scene.
Credits won’t be rolling, but heavy equipment is.
Demolition of the former Orland Square Theater began Wednesday, and construction crews are to work throughout the week to bring down the theater, according to Bandy Carroll Hellige, a public relations firm for Simon Property Group, which operates Orland Square Mall.
The demolition will make way for construction to begin on Dave & Buster’s, a restaurant, bar and family arcade complex. The Orland Park Village Board approved a development agreement with Dave & Buster’s earlier this month.
The business will be near the southwest corner of the Orland Square Mall property, just off 151st Street and LaGrange Road.
The former Orland Square Theater closed in February 2001, among several shuttered because of the bankruptcy of Loews Cineplex Entertainment Corp.
Since then, it has been one of the village’s most visible eyesores, sitting empty in a mall outlot near two of Orland Park’s most heavily traveled roads.
“We are thrilled to have that come down,” Orland Park development services director Karie Friling said after the development agreement was reached. “We are thrilled to have Dave & Buster’s. We don’t have a lot of entertainment options.”
The Dave & Buster’s complex will have 24,000 square feet of arcade games, a room for group events and a 280-seat restaurant and bar. It will occupy a 4.6-acre site at 49 Orland Square Drive, Friling said.
Dave & Buster’s has two Chicago-area locations, at 1030 N. Clark St., in Chicago, and in northwest suburban Addison. The Orland Park version will be similar to the Addison venue and is expected to open sometime next year.
Contributing: Susan DeMar Lafferty