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Chicagoland's Classic Cinemas to offer five dollar admission on Tuesdays

The largest auditorium at the Woodstock Theatre will retain its original dome ceiling.  When finished, the auditorium will have stadium seating.
The largest auditorium at the Woodstock Theatre will retain its original dome ceiling. When finished, the auditorium will have stadium seating.
Classic Cinemas

Popcorn and root beer and Reese's Pieces, oh my! These days, movie lovers might be finding it tough to get out to the local multiplex as much as they might like to. The cost of admission, and a sweet or salty snack or two, might be more than the wallet can bear these days. Fortunately, Chicagoland theater chain Classic Cinemas is here to help. Last week, the Downers Grove-based company announced a new promotion: five dollar($5) tickets for all shows on Tuesdays.

Starting February 18, Classic Cinemas will offer (all-day)Tuesday $5 admission at 11 of its area theaters. The only two locations not taking part in the promotion are the Ogden and Tivoli theaters, but that is only due to the fact that they already offer cheaper admission! Films offered in 3D will have a two-dollar($2) surcharge in addition to the five bucks, and the promotion does not apply to special events.

Classic Cinemas Vice President Chris Johnson commented on the announcement.

“We’ve wanted to offer discounted admission for a while as a way to thank our guests for being so loyal to Classic Cinemas. We want to continue to offer high quality service to our guests and affirm that Classic Cinemas is our patron’s hometown theatre of choice.”

Most Classic Cinemas locations already feature cheaper admissions than the larger nationwide chains. This offer is sure to get moviegoers to consider the chain as a stronger alternative to Regal Cinemas and AMC Theatres, both prominent in the Chicagoland area. Regal Cinemas runs a similar promotion called Regal Value Days, but discontinued it at many locations, including Crystal Lake's Showplace 16 theater. The AMC Theatre in Lake in the Hills used to offer less expensive admission. The theater has since been remodeled and retooled with reclining leather seats and a full bar, so prices have returned to a realm closer to market. With the Woodstock Theatre, a Fox Lake location, and another just outside of McHenry County in Carpentersville, IL(and mere minutes from AMC and Regal locations), Classic Cinemas seems poised to steal some market share, especially on Tuesdays.

In other Classic Cinemas news, the historic Woodstock Theatre is seeing progress in its renovation. The stadium seating risers for the largest auditorium in the theater were installed last week. When the construction project is completed, all of the theatre's auditoriums will feature stadium seating.

The Woodstock Theatre has had its home on Main Street in the historic McHenry County town since 1927. The original auditorium’s dome ceiling was kept intact during the construction project. Other parts of the building first saw demolition back in August 2012 when the project began. The final product will have eight screens, all featuring digital projection.

Curious moviegoers can follow the Woodstock Theatre construction progress on the Theatre's Facebook page.