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soybean commented about Former employee wants Toler Cinema reopened on Dec 14, 2011 at 3:26 pm

Don’t rule out the possibly that the Toler will reopen. The Paris Theater @ Paris, IL will reopen this Friday after being closed by AMC. It’s now has a new owner. The Will Rogers Theater @ Charleston, IL, also closed by AMC is now under new ownership. It will also will be reopening. After some restore work has been done on it. So keep the faith !

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soybean commented about Indiana Theatre on Feb 20, 2011 at 7:17 am

I hope the Indiana Theater is bought & is restore. The last few times I have driven by the theater, the outside wasn’t in good shape. Which makes me wonder how bad shape is the inside of the building. I hope the Indiana Theater can once again be the great Theater that she was when I went there many times over the years as a child. The Indiana Theater is too great not to be restore & used as an entertainment center.

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soybean commented about AMC closes another former Kerasotes theater in Illinois on Feb 15, 2011 at 4:29 pm

When AMC closed the Will Rogers @ Charleston, Illinois, I wonder how long it would be before they closed the Paris Theater. Anyone know what the grand total is for the number of former Kerasotes Theaters that AMC closed a few months after obtaining & operating them ? Hopefully another theater chain will reopen the theaters that AMC toss away.

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soybean commented about Paris Theatre on Feb 11, 2011 at 6:38 am

I’m not surprise that AMC closed this theater too. AMC spent huge amount of money on theaters,that they end up closing only a few months after they obtain them. It appears a theater has to be a multiplex for AMC to keep it open. Hopefully some other chain will reopen these theaters that AMC has toss away. Wonder what the grand total is at the moment, for the number of theaters that AMC bought from Kerasotes then closed a few months after operating them ? What theater will be the next one that AMC closes ?

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soybean commented about Indiana Theatre on Jan 30, 2011 at 5:39 pm

I’m not sure the status of being open is correct for this theater. Very few events open to the public take place at this theater any more. Mostly private events, if there is any activity taking place at this theater. This theater is on life support. Untill the City Of Terre Haute or some group takes it over. I’m surprise the wrecking ball hasn’t taken ownership of this theater. Sad, as this was an outstanding theater at one time.

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soybean commented about Indiana Theatre on Jan 30, 2011 at 5:21 pm

The Indiana Theater has been for sale for a long time. Looks like the asking price has been reduce. I have driven by this theater several times when going to see my stock broker. The outside of the theater is not in good shape. I wouldn’t be surprise inside the theater isn’t in good shape either. When I was a child, this was a very busy & successful theater. Unless used for private events, this theater isn’t used much anymore. It take a large amount of money to put this theater back in the shape that is was at one time. There’s two marquees missing that were at one time at this theater. Only one in the middle remains of the 3 orginal marquees.

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soybean commented about Indiana Theater on Jan 7, 2011 at 8:39 am

Sounds like AMC closed this theater about the same time they closed several other former Kerasotes theaters. I wonder if AMC on purpose didn’t do repairs to the building as they had already planned on closing this theater. So this would give them a different excuse for closing this theater, from the excuse they used on closing many of the other former Kerasotes Theaters they had bought. The Will Rogers Theater @ Charleston, Illinois wasn’t kept up by AMC & became in poor shape before it was closed by AMC. Not sure why AMC bought so many Kerasotes Theater to only closed them a few months after opearting them. Wonder who & where the next former Kerasotes Theater will be closed by AMC ?

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soybean commented about Indiana Theater on Jan 6, 2011 at 3:48 am

Doing some checking online, Washington Theater did become an AMC Theater,AMC 2. Though it was not listed on the AMC Theater website when I check for theater locations a few minutes ago. Most likely AMC closed this theater when they were closing many of the former Kerasotes theaters that they had purchase. If this theater is open, it is being operated by an independent or another chain. I couldn’t find movie times for this theater. So it could be closed.

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soybean commented about Indiana Theater on Jan 6, 2011 at 3:26 am

Joe Vogel,
Since Kerasotes sold most of their theaters to AMC. This theater is most likely either owned by AMC now or could easily had been closed by AMC as AMC has closed many of the Kerasotes theaters that they had purchase.

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soybean commented about Will Rogers Theatre on Dec 28, 2010 at 1:24 pm

I talked to a person who lives at Charleston today. She told me she stop going to the Will Rogers, though she lives close to the theater. As many of the seats were broken, sound was poor quality. The theater wasn’t in good shape. I don’t know if it was Kerasotes or it was AMC decision to let this theater become in bad shape. Causing the theater to lose customers. This use to be a great theater, with quality sound & seats in great shape. It’s sad that this great theater was let to get in this condition. I hope some person or group will save this theater & do the repairs needed to bring this theater back to the great theater it was.

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soybean commented about Hamilton 10 in Hamilton closes on Dec 14, 2010 at 2:53 pm

I’m not sure if a write in campaign would be effective. It’s too bad that AMC can’t be truthful with the public as to why they are closing so many theaters that they purchase from Kerasotes. There can’t be that many “Unprofit” theaters that AMC bought from Kerasotes. I live in a rural community. Instead of driving 20 miles to a theater to see a movie, I now have to drive 35 miles. AMC owns about all the theaters in the area that I live at.

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soybean commented about Theater closed by AMC will reopen in Keokuk with new management on Dec 14, 2010 at 6:10 am

Good news. Hopefully the other theaters that AMC has closed will reopen under new management.

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soybean commented about Hamilton 10 in Hamilton closes on Dec 13, 2010 at 7:09 am

Looks like AMC was busy on November 28th, closing many former Kerasotes movie theaters. I wonder how many more former Kerasotes theaters will be listed on here as being close by AMC before AMC is finish cleaning their house ? Makes you wonder why AMC bought these theaters only to close them 6 months after they purchase them from Kerasotes. We’ll probabaly never hear the real reason for all these theater closings. Seems like a bad investment for AMC to purchase these theaters then close them. Unless AMC is doing it for a tax write off.

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soybean commented about Will Rogers Theater in Charleston closed by AMC on Dec 7, 2010 at 6:28 pm

Scott,
The Mattoon Theater was much bigger than the Time Theater, even before the additional screens were added. Both theaters along with the Will Rogers had charm that made them all very special. I had a friend who went to sleep watching “ Blazing Saddles ” at the Time Theater. When the movie was over, I & a few friends left him sleeping. He was waken up by an usher. He looked around & couldn’t find us untill he got out into the lobby. He was ready to kill all of us for getting up & walking out without him. Though we all thought it was funny.

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soybean commented about Will Rogers Theater in Charleston closed by AMC on Dec 7, 2010 at 3:33 pm

Scott,
The Mattoon Theater was across the street from the Time Theater. It & the Time theater as well as the Will Rogers were part of the Frisna (I’m not sure that is the correct spelling)chain before all three of them were bought by Kerasotes. The Mattoon Theater name was change to Cinema 3 when Kerasotes added two more screens. Last time I drove by, where Mattoon Theater was, was a vacant lot in downtown Mattoon. Time Theater was a night club for a while. Last I knew it was still standing with the clock marquee, though vacant. I saw many movies at the Time & the Mattoon when going to college at Lakeland.

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soybean commented about Will Rogers Theater in Charleston closed by AMC on Dec 7, 2010 at 12:28 pm

Scott,
I turn 60 last month. There has been only one theater, Will Rogers @ Charleston since I have been alive. Best of my memory, I think Kerasotes bought the Will Rogers after it had been closed( last movie shown before being closed, I think was “ The Last Picture Show” , then sold it to AMC. I perfer the Will Rogers over the Mega Theaters at Mattoon. Will Rogers has that special charm that Mega Theaters don’t have. Mattoon use to have two great theaters ( Mattoon & Time) in downtown Mattoon.

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soybean commented about AMC closes another: the Colonial Commons in Harrisburg on Dec 7, 2010 at 5:55 am

So what is the grand total now of theaters AMC has closed ? How many more do they quietly plan to closed before 2011 ? November 28 seems to be the date that AMC chose to quietly close many of their theaters.

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soybean commented about Will Rogers Theater in Charleston closed by AMC on Dec 6, 2010 at 10:56 am

It will be interesting how long the AMC Paris Theater( twin screen) @ Paris, Illinois stays opens. Which is located in downtown. Before it is quietly closed by AMC like the other theaters that AMC closed. For the same reason.

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soybean commented about Will Rogers Theater in Charleston closed by AMC on Dec 6, 2010 at 8:06 am

There seems to be a pattern that at least three Theaters that AMC has closed are older theaters & are located downtown. When the coporate office is located at Kansas City,it makes it easier to close the theaters & not care how it will effect the communitys that lose their only movie theater. Or the employees who worked at the now closed theaters.

I attended the Will Rogers Theater several times before it became a twin screen. The theater had charm & character that you don’t find in the new theaters built today. Hopefully an owner who truly cares will buy the Will Rogers & show movies again.

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soybean commented about AMC closes the Cinema in Kennett, MO on Nov 30, 2010 at 4:13 pm

The AMC 4 screen Cinema at Harrisburg, Illinois was just recently closed. I think the closing was about the same time the Will Rogers Theater @ Charleston, Illinois and The Cinema @ Kennett. Missouri closed. I be curious what the total theaters that AMC will had closed when the dust finally settles. As well as how many Theaters are still being operated by AMC. As well how many of the closed theaters will reopen by another operator ? Or their fate will be to never be a movie theater again. I know the Castle Theater @ New Castle, Indiana was reopen by an independent operator. I hope the Will Rogers Theater will have an opportunity to show movies again.

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soybean commented about Will Rogers Theatre on Nov 30, 2010 at 10:43 am

I was shocked when I read today that the Will Rogers Theater had been closed by AMC. AMC seems to have been busy closing several theaters that they had bought from Kerasotes. I wonder how long it will be before the AMC Paris Theater, Paris, Illinois is closed by AMC for the same reason it has closed other theaters. At one time the former owner of the Star Dust Drive-In Theater at Charleston, Illinois try to buy the Will Rogers theater from Kerasotes. Charleston being a college town, I wouldn’t be surprise some else will try to reopen the Will Rogers Theater, unless AMC has it in writing it can’t be used as a movie theater when sold.

It seems odd, theater that Kerasotes operted for years was making money. AMC buys the theaters then closes them.

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soybean commented about AMC closes the Cinema in Kennett, MO on Nov 30, 2010 at 10:15 am

With the Will Rogers Theater at Charleston, Illinois , closed by AMC, I wonder how long it will be before the Paris Theater at Paris, Illinois also is closed by AMC. AMC has been busy closing theaters they had bought from Kerasotes. Seems like every theater they have closed was making money when Kerasotes was the operator. Looks like AMC will closed a theater unless it makes a ton of money for the company.

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soybean commented about Stardust Drive-In on Sep 1, 2010 at 4:57 am

This drive-in is no longer listed on the 21st Cinemas website. I don’t know if this drive-in no longer exist or has been sold. It was stated earlier on the 21st Cinema website that this drive-in would not open for the 2010 season. I have heard the screen has not been repaired after being damage. If this drive-in doesn’t reopen, it would had been open for a very short period of time, about two seasons. I don’t know what the record is for a drive-in to be open the shortest amount of time.

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soybean commented about Castle Theatre on Aug 15, 2010 at 10:54 am

According to the Yahoo Website theater movie listings, this theater on 08-15-10 is showing The Last Airbender. So the status of this theater should be changed to open. This theater has had movie listings for several weeks on the Yahoo & MSN websites.

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soybean commented about Urbana Cinema 2 on Aug 15, 2010 at 4:40 am

According to the Chakeres Theaters website, this theater is closed.