Why won't Lake book movies for adults??

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This summer adults have not gotten any serious films at the Lake Theatre. The films shown are aimed at children, pre-teens, and teens. They are fantasy, comic book, and action films. What about the serious adult films such as Copperhead and Unfinished Song? Why do adults have to go to the suburbs to get these films? It is almost like the management of the Lake Theatre has decided adults do not exist in this town. I thought Oak Park was the most diverse and culturally advanced town in Illinois and one of the most progressive in the nation. You couldn"t tell from this summer"s line-up at the Lake.

Bring back adult (and I do not mean pornographic) and serious adult films at least on one screen.

Harry M. Steckman
Oak Park


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Posted: August 9th, 2013 8:54 AM

There's always the Glen Art.

Movie Lover from Oak Park  

Posted: August 1st, 2013 8:59 AM

I agree with you, Harry! For example, I want to see Blue Jasmine, Woody Allen's movie, but I'll have to go elsewhere. I love Magpie's idea: an occasional foreign film! Who knows, maybe people from "other suburbs" will come to Oak Park to see them!

OP Transplant  

Posted: July 31st, 2013 1:42 PM

My guess it that the people at Classic Cinemas base their decisions on their expectation of profit. Kids go to a lot of movies, so they show kids' movies. According to my non-scientific research, my kids go to at least three times as many movies as I do.


Posted: July 31st, 2013 12:56 PM

It would be fantastic if the owners at the Lake Theater would expand on the idea of featuring less mainstream movies, like the Fine Arts used to do. Maybe even an occasional foreign movie ... I realize it may not be economically feasible to mainline artsy movies, but if there was ever a suburban market for them, OP is the place.

Jim Coughlin from Oak Park, Illinois  

Posted: July 31st, 2013 12:26 PM

The Lake Theater does offer excellent art house films as part of its' 1st Tuesday Film Club. I agree that the theater could do a better job of offering movies that appeal to audiences who are not interested in seeing 90 minutes of robots, super heroes and animated antics but appreciate how well the theater is maintained, the friendly staff and state of the art presentations.

Steve from Oak Park  

Posted: July 31st, 2013 9:22 AM

"Why do adults have to go to the suburbs to get these films?" // I think Oak Park is still a suburb...

Matt from Oak Park  

Posted: July 30th, 2013 11:26 PM

Let us pass by your comment about "have to go to the suburbs" while talking about a theatre in Oak Park. If memory serves, the Lake Theatre has done a children's movie series during many past summers because school is out. As to the rest of their selection, I would guess that they select movies based off two primary factors, how much it costs to get and how many tickets they expect to get. Some movies like Copperhead aren't widely available due to the studio's wishes, not local owners.

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