The theater at 6008 W. Irving Park Road will celebrate a "grand reopening" Friday night with a triple-feature of the original "Mad Max" films, kicking off the venue's new practice of showing retro movies six nights a week, operator Charlie Burns said.
"The community has been asking for more consistency," Burns said. "They want family programming and a destination where they can go ... so we're excited about this."
In addition to movie screenings Monday through Saturday, Burns is planning to debut "retro cartoons" like Looney Tunes on Sunday mornings, he said.
Interspersed among the classic film showings will be "open screen" nights, when amateur and independent filmmakers will be invited to show 10-minute clips of their own projects, Burns added.
The venue scored a liquor license after a contentious back-and-forth with 38th Ward Ald. Nicholas Sposato, and Burns's staff has been stocking the bar with beer from Revolution Brewing and other craft brewers, he said.
A set of classic arcade games including Pac-Man and Galaga now sits in the theater's lobby, complementing the building's art deco architecture and newly-minted throwback theme, Burns said.
Friday's "grand reopening" kicks off at 7:30 p.m. with back-to-back-to-back showings of "Mad Max" (1979), "The Road Warrior" (1981) and "Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome" (1985). Tickets are available for purchase online at $10 each.