CMX Cinébistro and CMX Market, both now open at Westfield Old Orchard in Skokie, have become welcome additions to the local outdoor mall.

Old Orchard had been without a theater for some time after the closing of the AMC Theaters that used to (somewhat confusingly) occupy two storefronts in different parts of the mall. CMX stepped in, first with CMX Cinébistro on the east side of the property near Buffalo Wild Wings, and then in mid-2018 with CMX Market on the west side, near Barnes & Noble.

Movie theaters now offer more luxurious experiences than ever before, and CMX is a distinct upgrade from what was at Old Orchard before. Those of us who frequent the mall welcome the more comfortable recliner seats and great food – although prices remain high (as with all theaters these days) and service is still a bit inconsistent here.

There are still two locations, but now each has a specific clientele and purpose. CMX Cinébistro is for moviegoers aged 21 and up. Here, a waiter comes to your recliner seat and serves you gourmet food and drink with elegant utensils and cloth napkins. There’s a full-service bar, of course. The menu includes upscale versions of American staples and movie theater concession fare.

The CMX Market is a bit more casual, and allows kids. There’s a concessions area with plenty of interesting candy options. You can order your food, put it in a provided basket, and take it into the theater with you. If you don’t want to wait at the counter, you can take a pager and return when your food is ready. Shakes, pizzas, sandwiches, hearty appetizers, and three kinds of popcorn are among the menu offerings.

Although my kid misses being served at his seat, and that’s not an option at the Market, the overall dinner and a movie experience here is worthwhile. Taking in a movie at the local shopping center is practically an American pastime, and it’s nice to be able to do it again here in such comfortable surroundings featuring good quality audio and visuals. If you’re looking for a clean and pleasant film-watching experience, check this place out.

CMX Cinemas are located at Westfield Old Orchard in Skokie. The company plans to open a location in the Lakeview neighborhood of Chicago this year. For more information on the movie schedule and more, visit the CMX Cinemas site or call 847-805-1022. You can also purchase tickets through Fandango.


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