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MAF commented about Hub Theater on May 3, 2005 at 2:14 pm

According to Phyllis Behrns, the Hub was designed by her father-in-law, architect Elmer F. Behrns.

MAF commented about Woodstock Theatre on Feb 15, 2005 at 12:05 pm

The Woodstock Theatre currently operates 4 screens with 595 seats.

Update from the Classic Cinemas website at
Classic Cinemas acquired the Woodstock Theatre in 1988. Immediate renovations included installing larger screens, Dolby surround stereo sound and decorative aisle lights. In late 1991 a new marquee was created to resemble an historic marquee. It now casts a golden glow over the street at night, contributing to the ambiance of Woodstock’s historic downtown.

More improvements were made by Classic Cinemas in late 1998. Wider and more comfortable seats were added to both auditoriums, reducing the total number of seats to 462. Other improvements included new carpeting, floor tile and wall decor in auditoriums as well as lobby décor.

One of the highlights of the theatre’s history was the filming of Groundhog Day, a romantic comedy starring Bill Murray and Andie MacDowell. The theatre was used as a film location — the Alpine at which the character played by Murray attended a movie. Each year the theatre helps the City of Woodstock celebrate Groundhog Day with free screenings of the film. The theatre also is featured on tours of the film’s locations. On Sunday, February 4, 2001, a plaque was dedicated to the theatre, honoring it as one of the sites used in the movie.

On May 23, 2002, the Woodstock Theatre opened two additional screens by expanding into the building next door which turned out to be the Beverly Theatre from 1912. At the same time, the restrooms were completely redone and enlarged. The box office now has two ticketing stations. All auditoriums have been equipped with digital sound and HPS-4000® sound systems.

MAF commented about Fox Lake Theatre on Feb 15, 2005 at 11:58 am

Update from the Classic Cinemas website at
In 2004, Classic Cinemas added four new auditoriums to the theatre. The new screens bring the total number up to 9. All auditoriums have large screens, digital sound and comfortable seats. The theatre also added a party room, allowing patrons to celebrate birthdays and other occasions at the theatre.