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Holiday Guide 2013: Classic Christmas Movies in the Western Suburbs

Sure, you could watch most of these at home via a DVD or on-demand. But it's such fun to watch classic holiday movies on the big screen. Here's a listing of theaters that are showing holiday movies over the coming month. You'll also find these on the Go West Calendar. Please do double-check these showtimes before you head out, to make sure they haven't been changed since this list was compiled.

The Polar Express:

  • The Sycamore State Theater in Sycamore will show "The Polar Express" at 11 a.m. on Friday, Dec. 6, Saturday, Dec. 7 and Sunday, Dec. 8. This is a free showing, but the theater will be collecting new, unwrapped toys for "Toys for Tots." 
  • The Glen Art Theatre in Glen Ellyn will shown this animated, G-rated adaptation of the beloved book on Saturday, Dec. 14, at 10:30 a.m. Admission is free, but seats are limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis. 
  • The Paramount Theatre in Aurora will show "The Polar Express" on Monday, Dec. 24, at 11 a.m. as part of its "Classic Movie Monday" lineup. Tickets are just $1, and the doors will open 30 minutes before showtime.

The holiday comedy "Elf" is being shown this month at the Sycamore State Theater.

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Summer Guide 2013: $1 Movies for Families in Batavia and Oswego

So far, I've told you about the $1 movies at the Cantera Stadium 17 in Warrenville, the cheap movies at Studio Movie Grill in Wheaton, and the family-friendly movies for a buck at Classic Cinemas in St. Charles. Today's entry in the inexpensive summer movie series is perhaps the most impressive. During the $1 Kids Summer Movies series, the following flicks will be shown for $1 every weekday, for nine weeks, at Goodrich Quality Theaters' locations in both Batavia (the Randall 15 IMAX) and Oswego (the Kendall 10).


The cost is $1 per ticket for all ages, and tickets are first come, first served. Here's the lineup, which of course you'll also find on the Go West Calendar:

June 10-14: Alvin the the Chipmunks, the Squeakquel (PG)
June 17-21: Horton Hears a Who! (G)
June 24-28: Alvin and the Chipmunks, Chipwrecked (PG)
July 1-5: Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Rodrick Rules (PG)
July 8-12: Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs (PG)
July 15-19: Space Chimps (G)
July 22-26: Ice Age: Continental Drift (PG)
July 29-Aug. 8: Rio (PG)
Aug. 5-9: Mr. Popper's Penguins (PG)

Summer Guide 2013: $1 Movies for Kids in Wheaton This Summer

We have another theater to add to the list of inexpensive daytime movie series for families this summer, and this one is high class!

The Studio Movie Grill in Wheaton is located in Rice Lake Square, near the Whole Foods Market. Studio Movie Grill has about a dozen locations around the United States, and it features theaters with leather seating and a full food and drink menu; you push a button to bring a waiter or waitress to your seat and the food is served to you before and during the show. We've taken our daughter there to see some of the "Kidtoons" on weekends, and "Wreck-It Ralph" too, and we always have a good time.

Studio Movie Grill's Children's Summer Series features one movie shown every weekday (Monday through Friday) at 11 a.m. through mid-August. Tickets are $1 for children and $2 for adults. The tickets can only be purchased at the box office; they are not available online.

Here's the lineup for summer 2013:

June 10 through June 14: Clifford's Really Big Movie

June 17 through June 21: Despicable Me

June 24 through June 28: How to Train Your Dragon

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Summer Guide 2013: $1 Movies in St. Charles in June, July and August

A number of movie chains host offer free, or nearly free, children's movies in the summer. 

One of those is Classic Cinemas, which recently released the lineup for its "Wednesday Morning Movie Series." Each Wednesday morning from June 12 through Aug. 7, Classic Cinemas will show a family-friendly film (rated G or PG) with admission of $1 per person.

The showtime is 10 a.m. but the doors open at 9 a.m. and you're encouraged to come early to meet costumed characters and participate in games and fun activities. 

Classic Cinemas will take reservations for groups of 15 or more (the series is popular with summer camps and daycare programs), and the group rate of $5 per person includes admission, a Kiddie Combo and reserved seating.

Classic Cinemas has theaters all over northern Illinois, including the Charlestowne 18 Theatre at Charlestowne Mall in St. Charles. Other Classic Cinemas participating include those in Carpentersville, Elk Grove Village, Fox Lake, Oak Park, Freeport, North Riverside, Naperville, Kankakee, Downers Grove, Woodstock and Elmhurst.

Here's the lineup for the Classic Cinemas' Wednesday Morning Movie Series for Summer 2013. Stay tuned for info on more cheap or free family-friendly movie options this summer! And of course you'll find them all listed on the Go West Calendar

June 12:  "Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted " (Rated PG; 93 minutes)
June 19: "Hotel Transylvania" (Rated PG; 91 minutes)
June 26: "Ice Age: Continental Drift" (Rated PG; 88 minutes)
July 3:  "Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days" (Rated PG; 94 minutes)
July 10: "Rise of the Guardians" (Rated PG; 97 minutes)
July 17: "Hotel For Dogs" (Rated PG; 100 minutes)
July 24: "Muppets From Space" (Rated G; 87 minutes)
July 31: "Escape From Planet Earth" (Rated PG; 89 minutes)
August 7:  Surprise Movie (Rated PG; 89 minutes)

Free Spring Kids Movies in Oswego and Batavia

The weekend "Kids Dream" $2 film series at Marcus Theatres' Elgin Cinema has been on the Go West Calendar for several weeks now. And the "Kidtoons" series, also $2 a seat on Saturdays and Sundays, at Studio Movie Grill in Wheaton is a constant calendar presence. But now we have another family-friendly movie series to add, and this one is entirely free! (Well, that is if you can avoid the concession stand.)

Goodrich Quality Theatres sponsors a "Free Spring Movies" series each year at its participating theaters, including the Kendall 10 in Oswego and the Randall 15 IMAX in Batavia.

The series gets underway this weekend, March 2-3, and runs through April 27-28. Each movie will be shown at both 9 a.m. and 10 a.m. on both Saturday and Sunday. Admission is first come, first served. 

For reviews and the age-appropriateness of the following movies, Common Sense Media is always a great resource.

Here's the schedule:

March 2-3: Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days
March 9-10: Ice Age 4
March 16-17: Three Stooges
March 23-24: Rise of the Guardians
March 30-31: Madagascar 3
April 6-7: Hotel Transylvania
April 13-14: Pirates! Band of Misfits
April 20-21: ParaNorman
April 27-28: The Lorax

See you at the movies!