Calendar: May 8-14, 2020

Our movie and media Calendar appears every Friday/Saturday on C-U Blogfidential and caters to the downstate region anchored by Champaign-Urbana, Illinois, USA.


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Theatrical screening resumes this weekend in downstate Illinois with two of the ozoners we regularly list on the Calendar, Springfield’s Route 66 Drive-In and Gibson City’s Harvest Moon Twin Drive-In. They are now being allowed to have customers on their grounds as long as they adhere to a laundry list of restrictions designed to protect both employees and moviegoers. Part of this process includes limiting the total number of cars per screening and requiring patrons to stay in their cars with few exceptions. From these major concessions on down, please be mindful of every single one, folks. There is a very empathic movement to support local businesses, but it does little good if individuals take it upon themselves to put their people in danger and owners in hot water with careless actions and selfish attitude. Repeat after me: “When in doubt, don’t be an asshole.” They will hardly expect you to have everything memorized to a tee the first time you motor past the vacant ticket booth this season. (Why vacant? Because until further notice, you need to preorder tickets to both reserve your space and affect a contactless transaction.) If they give you reminders during your drive-in evening, however, follow them promptly. We need to live alongside our friends and neighbors knowing full well that any one of us can get sick from the virus at any time until we have a widely-available vaccine injected into our systems. This includes all workers interacting with the public. Enjoy the drive-in experience smartly. Go as prepared as you can, especially for the sake of your children loaded in the back seats. If you don’t feel comfortable despite the precautions, it is absolutely no social demerit on you if you stay away. And, if you decide to try this at home, then it’s all on you for making sure everyone departs happy and well. To learn more about where the operators of the Harvest Moon and Route 66 stand, you can click on the links immediately below to hit their respective websites and read up on the changes. Finally, I’d like to wish a happy anniversary to C-U Blogfidential friend Tyler Tharpe on behalf of the Centerbrook Drive-In, which opened on March 2, 1950, near Martinsville, Indiana. Here’s to 70 more years under the stars!

@ The Harvest Moon Twin Drive-in, Gibson City, IL
TROLLS WORLD TOUR (Screen 1), ONWARD (Screen 2) (5/8 on)

@ Route 66 Twin Drive-in, Springfield, IL
TROLLS WORLD TOUR (Screen 1), THE INVISIBLE MAN (Screen 2) (5/8 on)

@ The Centerbrook Drive-In, Martinsville, IN


NOW PLAYING | Champaign-Urbana Area

@ AMC Champaign 13, Champaign, IL
Closed for the week.

@ Family Video, Champaign-Urbana, IL

@ Goodrich Savoy 16, Savoy, IL
Closed for the week.

Events featuring locally produced movies are marked with an asterisk (*). Additional “Now Playing” and “Coming Soon” listings appear after the jump!


NOW PLAYING | The Cities Beyond

@ AMC Classic Village Mall 6, Danville, IL
Closed for the week.

@ AMC Peru Mall 8, Peru, IL
Closed for the week.

@ The Avon Theater, Decatur, IL
Closed for the week.

NOW OPEN! @ The Harvest Moon Twin Drive-in, Gibson City, IL
TROLLS WORLD TOUR (Screen 1), ONWARD (Screen 2) (5/8 on)

@ The Lincoln Family Theater & Community Center, Lincoln, IL
Closed for the week.

@ The Little Lorraine, Hoopeston, IL
Closed for the week.

@ The Normal Theater, Normal, IL
Closed for the week. “Living Room Film Festival” virtual screenings: DEERSKIN, THE BOOKSELLERS (through 5/14), New York International Children’s Festival: Kid Flicks One (ages 3 and up), Kid Flicks Two (ages 8 and up) (5/8-5/17) Purchase

@ The Onarga Theatre, Onarga, IL
Closed for the week.

@ The Princess Theatre, Leroy, IL
Closed for the week..

NOW OPEN! @ Route 66 Twin Drive-in, Springfield, IL
TROLLS WORLD TOUR (Screen 1), THE INVISIBLE MAN (Screen 2) (5/8 on)

@ Roxy Cinemas, Ottawa, IL
Closed for the week.

@ Streator Eagle 6, Streator, IL
Closed for the week.



For detailed and curated listings of Chicago-area film presentations and related events, as well as cancellations and postponements due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, please visit the fine folks at Cine-File and subscribe to their definitive “Cine-List” weekly blast.


COMING SOON | Area-wide Events

Dead in Decatur presents “The Art of Fear”
@ Heroic Age Art Center, Mt. Zion, IL, 4 p.m.-12 a.m.

19th annual Route 66 Film Festival
@ State House Inn, Springfield, IL

SAFETY LAST feat. BIG BUSINESS w/live organ accompaniment by Steven Ball
@ The Virginia Theatre, Champaign, IL, 7 p.m.


COMMUNITY & CAMPUS SERIES | Champaign-Urbana area

The News-Gazette Film Series
@ The Virginia Theatre, Champaign, IL, 1 & 7 p.m.


Compiled by Jason Pankoke.


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