AMC University Place 8

1370 E. Main Street,
Carbondale, IL 62901

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Operated by: AMC Theatres

Previously operated by: Kerasotes Theatres

Functions: Movies (First Run)

Previous Names: Kerasotes University Place 8

Phone Numbers: Box Office: 618.529.5156
Manager: 618.529.5156

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AMC University Place 8

Originally opened as a four screen theatre on December 18, 1974 by the AMC theatre chain. Expanded to eight screens in 1989. Next ownership was acquired by the Kerasotes chain sometime in the mid-1990’s. It was taken back by AMC Theatres in June 2010.

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bodkin6071 on January 26, 2010 at 3:04 pm

This afternoon a out of control Saluki Express bus crashed into the east wall of the theater. Tore up the wall pretty good. Bricks from pretty much roof height to the ground (about 25 feet) fell, and a pretty good sized hole in the wall. According to WSIL a structural engineer has been called in to observe the building.

bodkin6071 on January 26, 2010 at 8:08 pm

As of right now, according to the Kerasotes site, the University Place 8 is temporarily closed.

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John Fink on February 20, 2010 at 2:43 pm

AMC will soon have it back! Found this image of the theater regarding the merger:

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vintage 1980’s AMC. The only vintage AMC that they are still running is the weird last theater of theirs standing in Amherst (Buffalo, NY) – the Maple Ridge 8.

bodkin6071 on November 14, 2010 at 6:31 pm

Became an AMC theater yet again in June 2010. Only theater to my knowledge that was owned by one chain, given to another, and reclaimed by the first chain.

Remo007 on September 20, 2011 at 9:35 pm

This theater did start out as a four screen theater inside the mall across the road from where it is now. It closed in the mall and opened across the road as an 8 screen theater around 1987. I attended movies in both locations 1980-1990 before moving away from the area.

rivest266 on July 23, 2015 at 4:26 pm

December 18th, 1974 & August 7th, 1987 grand opening ads in photo section.

Kerasotes sued the landlord on August 22nd, 2003 to have the air conditioning units replaced and $10,422.62* for breach of the lease agreement. (Southern Illinoisan September 12th, 2003)

Trolleyguy on May 17, 2016 at 2:18 pm

Now called the AMC University Place 8. Website:

Fraydog on January 16, 2017 at 5:23 am

There were significant renovations in April 2016 that included new power recliners like what AMC is installing across the country, also the addition of McGuffin’s Bar and a new automated ticket terminal in the front. All traces of Kerasotes ownership have been removed.

50sSNIPES on October 9, 2020 at 3:30 pm

It Actually Opened On December 18th, 1974 As A Quad, And Expanded To 8 On August 7th, 1987.

50sSNIPES on October 24, 2020 at 8:21 am

It Expanded On August 7th, 1987, Not 1989.

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