Paramount reopening

The marquee at Paramount Theatre declares the return date of June 26 for movie showings at the Kankakee cinema. The theater will temporarily close again starting Thursday.

KANKAKEE — Just 11 days after its reopening, Paramount Theatre in downtown Kankakee announced it is closing once again. And just like last time, it’s only temporary.

“After much deliberation and with a heavy heart, Classic Cinemas has decided to temporarily re-close our locations after the end of business on Thursday, July 9,” read a statement from Classic Cinemas, the parent company for Paramount Theatre. “Our team took pride in implementing the health and safety protocols and received high marks for their efforts.”

The company said the lack of new movies and the extra costs have made its current business model unsustainable.

“We are in this for the long term so we look forward to welcoming you back just as soon as the outlook improves and new movies are released,” the company said.

The company says it won’t be relaunching Classic Cinemas To-Go, but welcome support through the purchase of gift cards for future viewings.

The theater will continue to play this week’s slate of movies until Thursday. With new movies from studios still on hold, the theater has been showing previously viewed titles. This week’s offerings include “Deadpool,” “Ghostbusters,” “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” “The Jungle Book,” and “Trolls World Tour.”

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