Classic Cinemas says ‘business model unsustainable’ re-closing locations


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Classic Cinemas announced this afternoon the theater chain will re-close locations after a lack of new movies have presented the chain with a ‘business model unsustainable.’

The chain reopened just 11 days ago.

In an email was sent out to consumers late Tuesday afternoon, Classic Cinemas thanked their team for recent health and safety protocols put into place. The theater said they are in this ‘for the long term’ and are looking forward to reopening once new movies are released.

Classic Cinemas operates multiple theaters in Illinois, including two Kankakee locations at Meadowview and Paramount. They also operate theaters in Elmhurst, North Riverside, St. Charles, Sandwich, Elk Grove Village, Fox Lake, Woodstock and three locations in Wisconsin.

 “Thank you to everyone for being part of the Classic Cinemas family – weather you patronized our theaters over the past few weeks, sent a kind note, or just thought about us.” the Theater owners said Wednesday afternoon. “After much deliberation and with a heavy heart, Classic Cinemas has decided to temporarily re-close our locations after the end of business on Thursday, July 9th,” the theater chain said in an email to movie-goers this afternoon.  “Unfortunately, the lack of new movies and the extra costs have made our current business model unsustainable.”

The theater chain had been showing classic movies since reopening. Classic Cinemas was one of the first theater chains to reopen on June 26th in Illinois.


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