AMC University Place 8

1370 E. Main Street,
Carbondale, IL 62901

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50sSNIPES on October 24, 2020 at 4:21 pm

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

50sSNIPES on October 9, 2020 at 11:30 pm

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

Fraydog on January 16, 2017 at 1:23 pm

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.

Trolleyguy on May 17, 2016 at 10:18 pm

Now called the AMC University Place 8. Website:

rivest266 on July 24, 2015 at 12:26 am

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)

Remo007 on September 21, 2011 at 5:35 am

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.

bodkin6071 on November 15, 2010 at 2:31 am

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.

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John Fink on February 20, 2010 at 10:43 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 January 27, 2010 at 4:08 am

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

Story, with picture on
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bodkin6071 on January 26, 2010 at 11:04 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.

CatherineDiMartino on June 7, 2009 at 7:17 pm

My husband and I stopped in here yesterday to see “Up”. We had a little time to kill. This place is okay—not much to get excited about.

CSWalczak on June 20, 2008 at 9:28 pm

I think I am a bit confused. Is the current eight-screen house a new building? If it is, even if it is a “replacement” of a previous operation, I think it should have its own separate entry with perhaps a note that it replaced a theater of the same name in a different location.

bodkin6071 on June 20, 2008 at 8:51 pm

the University Place 8 opened as a 8 screen theater on August 7, 1987. It previously had 4 screens and was known as the Univerity 4. That theater opened sometime in 1979-1980. the University 4 was previously located in the University Mall before moving to the University Place location.