Eastwood Cinema

663 E. Main Street,
Peru, IN 46970

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This was one of the orginal 350-seat, single screen Jerry Lewis cinemas, opening in 1971. Designed for the novice to operate as a Mom and Pop theater with a concept for G and PG (M and GP), the theater was sold off to the Kerasotes Theatre group. It has been the only theater in Peru for decades.

After Kerasotes aquired the location, they added three walls to the west side of the orginal building and added a second screen. The theater played first run movies until September 1980, when the company switched to discount pricing and charged $1 per admission. This is believed to be the first such location for the company. A few shaky months after the price change, and the consideration to close, the business took off and the theater operates today, though not at a $1. Inflation for discount movies did occur. AMC took over Kerasotes, and they closed the Eastwood Cinema in 2010.

Contributed by moviemad4life

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kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on September 7, 2007 at 9:15 pm

The 1963 motion picture almanac lists Alliance Amusement theaters in Peru as the Peru Drive-In, the Wallace, the Roxy and the Miami Open Air Drive-In. The Eastwood was not an Alliance theater, obviously, but this gives you an idea of the different theaters in Peru in the early sixties, before the Eastwood became the only show in town.

CSWalczak
CSWalczak on November 11, 2010 at 4:53 pm

AMC has been operating this theater since it acquired most of the Kerasotes theaters. A report in the Peru newspaper on 11-11-10 says that the theater is closing. I am not posting the link because the Peru Tribune charges for content).

MovieMad52
MovieMad52 on August 1, 2013 at 8:59 pm

The theatre is closed and a new complex has opened in Peru.

MovieMad52
MovieMad52 on August 17, 2014 at 11:00 am

It has been 34 years since I took over as manager. I really enjoyed working there.

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