|About ICE Theaters
In November 1997, husband and wife team, Donzell and Alisa Starks, fulfilled a dream and made history by bringing Hollywood back to minority neighborhoods in Chicago. Through a joint venture with one of the largest movie exhibitors, this dynamic duo of an investment banker and a marketing professional, accomplished what few thought possible - the revival of movie theaters in inner city communities on the south and west sides of Chicago.
With the construction of new, state-of-the-art multiplexes, the couple became the first African-American-owned movie theater chain in the country and the first chain in Chicago to offer stadium seating.
Over the years, the Starks’ theaters have become iconic community hubs and continually provide local employment opportunities, hire minority contractors and vendors, feature unique programming and special events such as Community Day, as well as offering platforms for independent filmmakers with signature programs – Black World Cinema and Shortcutz. ICE Theaters still brings moviegoers the best in big screen motion picture entertainment right into urban communities, and its goals remain the same - to symbolize the glamour of Hollywood, incorporate the latest technologies, offer superior customer service and add pride to each community it serves.