VIP Carbondale 8
1263 E. Main Street,
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VIP Cinemas (Official)
Operated by: VIP Cinemas
Previously operated by: AMC Theatres, Kerasotes Theatres
Functions: Movies (First Run)
Previous Names: ShowPlace 8, AMC Showplace 8, AMC Classic Carbondale 8
ShowPlace 8 was opened by Kerasotes Theatres on May 15, 2003. This theater has stadium seating, digital sound and shows first run movies.
It was taken over by AMC Theatres in June 2010 and they closed it on May 10, 2018. It was reopened by VIP Cinemas on September 4, 2020.
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This was opened by Kerasotes and taken over by AMC in 2010.
This 1,322-seat cinema complex opened on May 15th, 2003 by Kerasotes. Grand opening ad in photo section.
Did AMC ever give the reason why they closed this theater? Makes no sense to close their newest theater, at 16 years old and leave the much older Univerity Place 8 (31 years old) open…
If anything is a true definition of a “fly by night” outfit, it’s AMC Theaters. Taking down the outside signs that advertise shows, taking the showtimes out of the local newspapers.
I agree. AMC was a great chain for all the years I loved in Florida. I think since the Chinese corporation bought them they are a fly by night chain. I was so happy when they purchased the Carmike chain. Well, the theater was bad enough when Carmike had it, it has gotten even worse since AMC took over in March of 2017. I refuse to ever go there again.
If I may speculate, my guess is the lease arrangement was much more favorable across the street at the University Place. Plus AMC had put some money into the University Place as well. If one had to go, it made sense that it was this one.
I’ve had pretty good experiences with AMC since they bought Carmike. As for marquees and newspaper ads, they’ve become unnecessary. AMC has their problems, but they’re one of the better companies operating theaters today, at least based on my experience.
This has been reopened by VIP Theatres in 2020 as VIP Carbondale 8. https://vipcinemas.com/vip-carbondale
Article: VIP University Mall reopening 17 Sep 2020, Thu Southern Illinoisan (Carbondale, Illinois) Newspapers.com