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Classic Cinemas of Downers Grove to screen kids films for $1 at all theaters

Theaters in Downers Grove, North Riverside, Elmhurst and Naperville are among Classic Cinemas' 14 locations.
Theaters in Downers Grove, North Riverside, Elmhurst and Naperville are among Classic Cinemas' 14 locations.

DOWNERS GROVE – Featuring summer films for children for $1, Classic Cinemas announced that Wintrust will sponsor the long-standing Wednesday program, now called the Wintrust Morning Movie Series.

It will offer family-friendly movies for $1 for 10 Wednesdays from June 5 through Aug. 7, a news release stated. Doors open at 9 a.m., and the film starts at 10 a.m. Theater staff and local community organizations will have activities to entertain moviegoers before the film starts.

“We’ve seen great success with movie meet-ups for Platinum Adventures, our travel and social club for those 50 or better, and we thought this would be a fun way during the summer to extend the idea to our Junior Savers kids club,” Dennis Jones, CEO of Wintrust’s Hinsdale Bank & Trust, stated in the release.

As a Wintrust customer and family-owned company that grew from one theater to 14 in the Chicago suburbs, Classic Cinemas saw a great brand fit, Chris Johnson, CEO and owner of Classic Cinemas, stated in the release.

“We have staff that grew up coming to see our Wednesday series, and now they’re planning the lobby games for a new generation,” Johnson said.

The Wintrust Morning Movie Series will be shown at all 14 locations. They include theaters in Downers Grove, North Riverside, Elmhurst and Naperville.

Moviegoers are encouraged to arrive early as space is limited. Groups of 15 or more can reserve seats with a special group rate of $6.50 per person, which includes admission and a discounted Kiddie Combo: popcorn, drink and fruit snacks. Reservation forms can be found at

Classic Cinemas, based in Downers Grove, is a family-owned movie exhibitor operated by Willis, Shirley and Chris Johnson. Established in 1978, it operates 111 screens at its 14 locations across northern Illinois.

Classic Cinemas recently was acknowledged as one of the top 40 movie theater chains in the country.

Movie lineup

• June 5 - “Sgt. Stubby: An American Hero “

• June 12 - “Trolls”

• June 19 - “Teen Titans Go! To the Movies”

• June 26 - “Smallfoot”

• July 3  - “Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax”

• July 10 - “Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation”

• July 17 - “The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part”

• July 24 - Celebrate Christmas in July with “Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch”

• July 31 - “How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World”

• Aug. 7 - “Wonder Park”

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