White Oaks Cinema

2501 Wabash Avenue,
Springfield, IL 62704

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The White Oaks Cinema opened June 17, 1977. It was closed in September 2008. It was operated by Kerasotes Theatres chain.

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CSWalczak on September 13, 2008 at 12:16 am

Aside from the bargain prices, this one probably will not be much missed. I attended a few showings there; it struck me as a most likely having been former twin that had been chopped up into five small cinemas, just non-descript shoeboxes with small screens. The lobby was little more than a bland foyer with a small concession area. It’s too bad, though, that bargain cinemas are a dying breed.

Meredith Rhule
Meredith Rhule on December 19, 2008 at 10:08 am

This makes me sick. Bob Kolkhorst was the chief and installed the booth. I left Kankakee and moved there in 77 to help Bob, a good friend of mine. I was trained and became a projectionist in Springfield in 74. I was there when it open and I wish I could be there to see it close. How sad…

CSWalczak on April 4, 2010 at 7:33 am

According to this article, the theater is now home to a Springfield church branch campus and will be also housing a paintball arena: View link

rivest266 on July 28, 2015 at 3:59 pm

June 17th, 1977 grand opening ad

Movieman65 on March 15, 2016 at 12:52 am

My first job was at this theater,September 1980. Richard Hobe was my boss. Nice guy.Caddyshack was one of the movies playing. I had fun working there. I remember buying records at Jr’s record shop and occasionally taking a break at hot dog on a stick.

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