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Harold Ramis Auditorium - Woodstock Theater - January 2023

I've posted a few times about Woodstock Illinois and how it was one of the central characters in the film Groundhog Day (written and directed by Harold Ramis) here on the blog.  Here's a letter from Ramis to the citizens of Woodstock .  Here's a look at a visit to "Ned's Corner" .  And a post showing the "Gobblers Knob" landmark in the Woodstock square .   We were in Woodstock and popped into the theater for a matinee and I saw a new (to me) sign that marked the main movie theater in the Woodstock Theater (operated by Classic Cinemas) was named the Harold Ramis Auditorium.  Below is a shot of the plaque outside theater one.    And, here below, is a handprint (set) from Ramis, too: Turns out, the dedication of the theater occurred back in 2015  - about a year after Ramis' death. 

Harold Ramis Groundhog Day Letter @ Woodstock Theater

Back in October, I posted a photo of me and Lizzie outside of Ned's Corner in downtown Woodstock ( Nat calls it:  Stars Hollow) right outside the square.  Ned's Corner is - of course - from the movie Groundhog Day which was filmed in Woodstock.  With our trips up to Wisconsin, we've been finding ourselves spending time more-and-more in Woodstock.  It isn't a far trip and the square is quite cute.  They have a nice Farmer's Market - which we visited this summer and bought this Glas Club Cheese - and they decorate the place quite nice for Christmas.   On a recent trip, we went to the movie theater there called the Woodstock Theater.  I t is part of the Classic Cinemas chain , which I've written about extensively over the years.  Classic Cinemas is - by far - my favorite movie theater chain for a variety of reasons.  The York Theater in Elmhurst is part of Classic Cinemas and if you've read the blog over the years, you know I've posted

A Visit to Classic Cinemas Fox Lake Theatre

Recently, we checked out the new (to us) Classic Cinemas theatre in Fox Lake.  We've come to really love Classic Cinemas based on living so close to the York Theatre in Elmhurst.  They run a first-class operation.  And...the kids popcorn/fruit snacks/icee boxes and booster seats don't hurt one bit.  Not to mention the free refills on corn/soda and the rewards program.   One morning while it was raining up in Wisconsin, we decided to head to see the new Cars 3 movie and instead of going up to the multiplex in Lake Geneva, we decided to drive down to Fox Lake to give the Classic Cinemas Fox Lake a try.  It wasn't what I was expecting.  But it was great!  Based on seeing what Shirley and Willis Johnson have done to the York in Elmhurst and the Tivoli in Downers Grove , I was expecting an old, downtown movie palace.   Instead, the theatre was kind of tucked in the corner of a stip mall about a block or two off "main street" next to a hardware store.  Turns