Carmike abruptly closes University Cinemas in Normal
NORMAL, IL — The University Cinemas were closed suddenly by Carmike on June 30. Although the city approved plans to build apartments on the site months ago, films had been booked through the Independence Day weekend. The theater was the area’s first multi-screen theater, opening in 1971 as a twin; over time, an additional six screens were added.
She said that the office was notified Tuesday by Carmike’s Atlanta, Ga.-based corporate headquarters that the theater would close the next day. Less than 24 hours earlier, the office had supplied The Pantagraph’s GO! entertainment section with bookings targeted for a traditional Friday opening.
By Thursday, Kreiser was in the theater helping oversee the closure with the theater’s staff.
There is more in the Pantagraph.