117 E. Pearl Street,
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Stadium Theatre (Official)
Previously operated by: AMC Theatres, Kerasotes Theatres, Pirtle Circuit
Functions: Movies (First Run)
Styles: Art Deco
Previous Names: AMC Jerseyville 2
News About This Theater
- Nov 12, 2011 — House lights to dim on Stadium Theater
The Stadium Theatre was opened on November 21, 1949. In 1972 it was taken over by the Kerasotes chain, and they twinned the theatre in the mid-1970’s.
Purchased by AMC in January 2010, they took control from May 2010. In November 2011, AMC announced the Stadium Theatre would close on November 26, 2011. It was taken over by Dougherty Theatres in 2012.
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Recent comments (view all 21 comments)
AMC website now calls operation the AMC Jerseyville 2.
Is it bought by someone already, or can it be rented out? The kids in town an adults need something they can do. I would like to have an opportunity to speak with a person about this. May I ask whyyyy is it closing, is it structure damage, Jerseyville Needs A THEATRE, please contact me.
A remarkable facade. The masonry, in the pictures, appears nearly perfect without mortar separation or settling cracks. This is a very handsome Deco building. I like the two tone brickwork and the abundance of glass block—the backlighting is a nice feature to protect the bulbs or neon tubes from damage.
Research on the city reveals some growth from sprawl but the downtown is on the historic registry. It does not appear to have been the victim of white flight and ghetto-ization. The storm cloud on the horizon is a four lane by-pass.
Let us hope that an independent entrepreneur with the means to go digital will take up the operation of this small town theater. Where is that big lottery jackpot when I need it?
Apparently AMC is giving the same stock answer its spokesmen keeps giving when they close a smaller/older theatre – that it “no longer effectively competes in the marketplace” – – I called it that the small town Kerastoes wouldn’t be around for a while (and I wonder if we will see a plague wipe out many smaller operations if studios stop releasing celluloid film prints). My guess is AMC is gearing up for a screen reduction and I’ve seen evidence they are pulling out of certain markets all together (and many sites in markets they see a future for are currently 100% digital, you can tell which theaters are questionable if they haven’t been converted yet). Still, this is not good for communities that may loose the options to see first run films, as we’ve been seeing the promise of digital and lower costs of distribution is there could be a move towards leveraging single screen locations to show more diverse programing – hell maybe even an indie movie on a Tuesday night. The big exhibitors are clueless about building an actual community in their building, so any theater with character is cast aside in favor of the hegemonic multiplex.
we have recently reopened this theatre after it was closed by amc.the town has rallied around this theatre and has new life again.the theatre has all new digital sound and picture with 3d capabiities.check us out on facebook at the stadium theatre.
New website: http://www.thestadiumtheatre.com/index.html
What is your name for your theatre circuit, Timbuis ?
My grandfather and great grandfather started The Stadium Theater so many years ago. My family is so glad to hear that the town rallied to bring it back to life. We’ve been following it closely. Its the last of the original Pirtle theaters to still be in operation today. So proud to hear that its hasnt been closed by some mega theater to roll in. Keep up the great work. I’ll try and swing by and see the updates here in a couple of weeks.
The Stadium Theatre is now operated by Dougherty Theatres, also operating the Westside Cinema in Litchfield. The company is planning to add a third screen to the Stadium.
There will be a marquee lighting and ribbon cutting ceremony Saturday June 26th at 8pm. Article below.