Student Reaction: Joliet Movies 10 Closes Doors

The Joliet Movies 10 theater, a popular student go-to for a discount movie, has officially shut down due to financial reasons.

Laura Fox, News Editor

Avid Lewis movie-goers are saddened to learn that the Joliet Movies 10 has closed for good.

For more than 20 years, the theater has been a hot spot, but as of Feb. 8, it has ceased operations.

Movies 10 showed films that recently left the bigger name theaters and were scheduled to be released on DVD. That way, you could still catch the movie on the big screen before it was too late.

The theater was a common place students would go to catch a flick. Approximately 4.4 miles away, both resident and commuter students did not have to travel too far from campus to see a movie.

Even more appealing than the travel time were the ticket prices. All movie tickets were $2, and the theater had special discount days where you could pay even less. This is pleasing to the average college student who does not have much money to spend as it is.

“Where else could you go and get a movie ticket, popcorn and a drink for under 10 bucks?” said junior aviation administration major Doug Lee. “Now, whenever I want to see a movie, I’m going to have to spend double just for the ticket.”

The Joliet Movies 10 was a popular place for residents of Joliet and the surrounding suburbs. The demolishment of the theater will soon begin, but the memories will remain.

“I had my first date at that theater and honestly, I am sad to see it go,” said junior psychology major Madison Jones. “Being able to go to the movies is a rite of passage for a lot of kids, and I know it meant a lot to families who did want to treat themselves at a lower cost.”

The exact dates for when construction will begin have not been released, but Joliet Mayor Tom Giarrante stated it could begin in the summer.

Athletes and shoe lovers will rejoice; after the theater is demolished, a Dick’s Sporting Goods and DSW will be built in its place.

The theater closed quickly after the announcement, leaving students without a plan B for a cheap movie night.

If you are still looking for a local deal when it comes to movie tickets, Ogden 6 Theatres in Naperville offers $4 to see a flick. Although it is further away from campus than Movies 10, it is still a college student friendly option to catch a movie and save some money.

Laura Fox
Laura Fox is a senior double majoring in journalism and public relations/advertising, with a minor in social media. She is the Editor-in-Chief of The Flyer. She has her own fashion blog, The Fashionable Fox, and is also Corey Crawford’s biggest fan. She dreams of someday working in community relations for the NHL.

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