The bright neon purple sign atop Starplex Cinemas in Normal is a beacon of movie entertainment to college students and community members all over town.
“We're pretty convenient as far as location goes … we’re very affordable,” Mike Fenske, Starplex Cinemas Normal Stadium 14 general manager, explained.
Starplex offers a reward card to patrons as well, so frequent movie-goers can rack up points toward movie tickets, concessions, and more.
Located a bit further from campus, Wehrenberg Theatres Galaxy 14 Cine, reigning in second place, offers several deals and promotions for students in the area, making it a destination for students on a budget.
“With a student ID, you get a discount at night for about $2.50. If [you] are in college, [you] also get a 25 percent discount on concessions,” Vince Dillard, assistant manager at Wehrenberg, said.
One of the popular promotions at Wehrenberg Theatres is their MVP card, which allows patrons to get a free medium popcorn from the concessions before enjoying their film of choice.
“On Wednesdays it’s our student day, and with a college ID, its buy one ticket, get one free,” Dillard added.
Bringing up third place was Normal Theater, a beautiful old-fashioned theater with a bright, light-up sign located in Uptown Normal. The theater brings a landmark and movie theater charm to the area.