Classic Cinemas is the largest Illinois based movie theatre chain. Headquartered in Downers Grove, Illinois it operates 14 locations with 111 screens (as of April 2017) under Tivoli Enterprises,Inc. ownership. Its first theatre and company namesake is the restored single-screen Tivoli, which has over 1000 seats, in Downers Grove, Illinois.
Classic Cinemas is known for its extensive and historically sensitive renovations of historic theatres some of which includes painstaking recreations of plasterwork, glass, and marquees. Classic Cinemas owners Willis and Shirley Johnson are members of a number of preservation societies, and the Theatre Historical Society of America, was formally located on the second floor of Classic Cinemas' York Theatre in Elmhurst, Illinois. Classic Cinemas is a major user of the HPS-4000 speaker system and acoustic/audio design.
During a period in the 1980s when some major films were released with 70mm prints for select theatres, Classic Cinemas (then under the Tivoli Enterprises name) featured these wide-gauge prints at their flagship Tivoli Theatre for bargain prices once they had ended their first-run engagements. This might be the only example of a "sub run" theatre showing films in that format.
Classic Cinemas finished its technology overhaul in 2012 installing Christie CP4230 projectors, GDC SX2000AR servers, and Datasat AP-20 audio processors. Now all screens have 4K, High Frame Rate (HFR), personal captioning devices, descriptive narration, and hearing impaired systems. They are also installing micro-perforated screens for the ultimate picture quality. All theatres have digital 3D and with more than 90% 7.1 equipped auditoriums. The chain plans to expand this system to every screen.
Classic Cinemas has installed luxury power recliners in all of Cinema 12, North Riverside Luxury 6, and the Paramount and Meadowview Theatre auditoriums and 5 auditoriums at Cinema 7, and with the other 2 auditoriums having then added, and has plans to expand the concept in 2017.
Classic Cinemas, based in Downers Grove, Illinois, is a family-owned company operated by Willis, Shirley and Chris Johnson. Established in 1978, Classic Cinemas operates 14 theatres with 111 screens in 13 communities in the northern Illinois area. As of September 23, 2016, Classic Cinemas opened up Cinema 7 in Sandwich IL.
- Charlestowne 18 in St. Charles, Illinois, 18 screens
- Cinema 12 in Carpentersville, Illinois, 12 screens
- Cinema 7 in Sandwich, Illinois, 7 screens
- Elk Grove Theatre in Elk Grove Village, Illinois, 10 screens
- Fox Lake Theatre in Fox Lake, Illinois, 9 screens
- Lake Theatre in Oak Park, Illinois, 7 screens
- Lindo Theatre in Freeport, Illinois, 9 screens
- Meadowview Theatre in Kankakee, Illinois, 3 screens
- North Riverside Luxury 6 in North Riverside, Illinois, 6 screens
- Ogden 6 in Naperville, Illinois, 6 screens
- Paramount Theatre in Kankakee, Illinois, 5 screens
- Tivoli Theater in Downers Grove, Illinois, 1 screen
- Woodstock Theatre in Woodstock, Illinois, 8 screens
- York Theatre in Elmhurst, Illinois, 10 screens
- Arcada Theater, and Foxfield Theater (closed 2001) in St. Charles, Illinois
- Casino Cinema at Grand Victoria Casino Elgin (closed 2002) in Elgin, Illinois
- Sterling Theater in Sterling, Illinois
- Sathyam Cinema (Tivoli South, closed 2001) in Downers Grove, Illinois,
- Barrington Square Theaters (closed October 2000) in Hoffman Estates, Illinois
- Spring Hill Mall Theaters (closed April 17, 1998) in West Dundee, Illinois
- Park Forest Theater (closed now known as Holiday Star Theater) in Park Forest, Illinois
- Tradewinds Cinemas 1 & 2 (closed 2002) in Hanover Park, Illinois
- Hinsdale Theater (closed 2012) in Hinsdale, Illinois