It's a week later than hoped, but Jerseyville's Stadium Theater is opening its doors on Friday for the first time since before Thanksgiving of last year. Former owner AMC Entertainment has been closing some of the older theaters it purchased from Kerasotes in 2010, and the Stadium was one of the victims of the times. But a new owner stepped up earlier this year to return motion pictures to Jerseyville.
A massive social media campaign to save the theater began in the weeks leading up to its closure last November, and eventually AMC reduced its asking price for the building. That was the green light that led to Steve Dougherty purchasing the facility. Dougherty also owns the theater in Litchfield and runs the one in Carlinville. He has redone the concession area, added an additional restroom and remodeled the old ones. There are also new screens and a digitally upgraded sound system. The doors will open Friday with "The Hunger Games," and "Dr. Seuss' The Lorax." Ticket prices will be $6 for adults and $5 for kids 12 and under, and matinee shows will be $5 per person. 3-D movies will be an additional $2 per person.