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Classic Cinemas (Official)
Operated by: Classic Cinemas
Architects: Elmer F. Behrns
Firms: K. Peterson & Associates
Functions: Movies (First Run)
Previous Names: Miller Theatre, Beverley Theatre, Woodstock Dollarodeon Thetare
The Miller Theatre was built in 1927 on the site of the Princess Theatre and had a seating capacity of 1,000. It opened November 8, 1927 with a mixed movies/vaudeville policy and was equipped with a Barton style-23 theatre organ which had 6 Ranks.
It was re-named Woodstock Dollarodeon Theatre in 1976 and was twinned in 1979. Classic Cinemas then acquired the Woodstock Theatre in 1988. In late-1991 a new marquee was created to resemble a historic marquee.
The theatre has undergone various renovations which have returned it to much of its original charm. In May 2002, two additional screens were added in the building next door, which had previously been the long closed, 1912 built, Beverley Theatre. In August 2012 three buildings on Main Street were demolished, and the following month work began so that in 2013 the Woodstock Theatre now has eight auditoriums including restoration of the historic auditorium complete with its domed ceiling.
One of the highlights of the theatre’s history was the filming of “Groundhog Day”. Each year the theatre helps the City of Woodstock celebrate ‘Groundhog Day’ with free screenings of the movie.
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August 2015 article below.
Opened November 8, 1927 with Helen Miller at the Barton Organ followed by WLS' organist Al Malgard.
Updated website link: http://www.classiccinemas.com/location.aspx?house=2263
This opened as Dollarodeon on June 18th, 1976. Its grand opening ad can be found in the photo section for this theatre.
I’ve Been To The Classic Cinemas Woodstock Theatre A Few Years Ago To See “Finding Dory” In 2016, And It Has 8 Screens When I Went There. I Actually Don’t Know Why They Decreased It To 4 For Something Unorganizable. There Are TV Screens With Dasani/Coca-Cola/Coke/Diet Coca-Cola And A Few Others When I Went To The Ticket Booth With Pictures Of Classic Movie Posters From The 30s/40s On The Walls. I Also Remember Watching A Coca-Cola Commercial During The Intermission Including A Trivia With A Yellow Background And The Classic Cinemas Logo Somewhere On The Screen. The Rest Of It Is Unknown Inside My Memory Bank.
Good news story about the Woodstock Theatre.
Here’s A December 19th, 1939 Ad Of The Miller Theatre: https://www.newspapers.com/newspage/191684714/
Here’s A March 25th, 1931 Ad Of The Miller Theatre: https://www.newspapers.com/newspage/192222545/
Here’s An April 28th, 1972 Ad Of The Miller And A Few Others Surrounding Illinois: https://www.newspapers.com/newspage/192129603/
The Miller Theatre Is Known To Be The Largest Theater In McHenry County Throughout The Years. As Of January 28th, 1954, The Miller Theatre Is Known To Be The First Theater In McHenry County To Install CInemaScope.
The Miller Theatre Was Named After Ms. Helen Miller, Mr. John C. Miller and Mrs. John C. Miller. When The Theater Opened, The Main Theater Had Organist Of Barton Studios And An Organ Broadcaster Off Of Chicago’s WLS-AM Al Malgard, Who Played His Barton 23-Styled And 6 Rank Organ For A Half-Hour Before The Opening Of Their First Program On 35mm. The First Program Is Beljean’s 11-Piece Band (With Unknown Origination) Playing The National Anthem, Or The Star Spangled Banner With The Camera Showing The US Flag.
After The Anthem Ended, The Camera Continued To Show The Flag Fluttering In The Breeze As The Band Played “My Country Tis Of Thee” After A Moment Of Silence. The Theater Opened With A Gala Event And “A Festive Occasion For Woodstock And Vicinity” And Was Known To Be The Biggest Event For The City Of Woodstock And All Of McHenry County. Although I Can’t Find It First Attraction. I’ll Keep Looking Soon.
This is a 8 screen now