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AMC Randhurst 12 Theatres

On August 16, 1962, the Victor Gruen designed Randhurst Center opened in Mount Prospect, Illinois. It was the first enclosed mall in the Chicago area and at the time was the largest enclosed air-conditioned space in the United States. By 1995, the mall reached its zenith and quickly fell into decline. The Village of Mount Prospect approved a $150 million plan in 2008 to redevelop the mall into a new open mixed-use center. As part of this plan, a new, state-of-the-art, American Multi-  Entrance to AMC Randhurst 12 Theatres Cinema (AMC) Theatre was commissioned. In July 2009, AMC approved funding for the new theatre with plans to make this the first sustainable AMC theatre with a goal of becoming LEED® certified. This goal reflected an increasing awareness of sustainability by AMC as a company. Opened in April 2011, AMC Randhurst 12 exceeded its goal for LEED certification by earning LEED Silver in December 2011 - making it the first LEED certified movie theater in the Midwest.

The twelve-screen movie theatre has 1,876 seats and uses all-digital projection. All auditoriums feature stadium seating that include first-come, first-serve box seats along the sides of the auditoriums, seats with extra legroom in the back row and front-row recliners. There is one AMC Enhanced Theatre Experience (ETX) auditorium, which has a larger screen, 3D technology, and an upgraded sound system. Named after a term coined by famed filmmaker Alfred Hitchcock, MacGuffins® is a full-service bar and lounge area located inside the lobby that features a variety of beer, wine, and cocktails. A large, fast-serve concession marketplace provides a wide variety of traditional theatre concessions for the 53,021 gross square foot facility.

Sustainable design features for the site built on the overall development's stormwater management efforts and Auditorium at AMC Randhurst 12 Theatres expanded to include alternative transportation and heat island reduction strategies. Water efficient fixtures are used in the public restrooms and on-site shower for employees that resulted in a savings of more than 44% savings over baseline fixture performance requirements of the Energy Policy Act of 1992. Engineers analyzed AMC Randhurst 12 using a whole building energy simulation model, which indicated a 25 percent reduction in energy cost between the as-designed building model and the base building model prescribed in ASHRAE 90.1-2004. The building incorporates recycled content materials, regionally extracted materials, sustainably harvest wood products, and low-emitting materials. The contractor successfully implemented construction waste management and indoor air quality management plans. AMC Randhurst 12 strives to educate its patrons and staff about sustainable design and the impacts of buildings on the environment through development of an informational brochure, a slideshow that is shown prior to all film presentations, and a comprehensive signage program throughout the building.

From 2009 – 2012, Earthly Ideas served as the sustainability and Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) advisor to the project and provided green building support to the design and construction team.