Wintrust and Classic Cinemas partner for $1 movie series
May 3, 2019 - Classic Cinemas announced today that Wintrust will be sponsoring its long-standing Wednesday
Morning Movie Series, which will now be called the Wintrust Morning Movie Series. The series runs family-friendly
movies for just $1 for 10 Wednesdays starting June 5 through August 7. Doors open at 9 a.m., and the film starts
at 10 a.m. Theatre staff and local community organizations will have activities to entertain movie-goers before
the film starts.
Wintrust, with its more than 150 community bank locations, has a long history of neighborhood involvement.
Dennis Jones, CEO of Wintrust’s Hinsdale Bank & Trust, believes that both Wintrust and Classic Cinemas share
the goal of enhancing the quality of life in the communities they serve.
“We do that with quality banking products, exceptional local service, and sound financial advice, while Classic
Cinemas provides that same exceptional service along with top-notch picture, sound, and comfort to create an
affordable family outing,” Jones said. “Sponsoring this series provides Wintrust with another way to serve the
community by supporting family-friendly, local events. We’ve seen great success with movie meetups for
Platinum Adventures, our travel and social club for those 50 or better, and we thought this would be a fun way
during the summer to extend the idea to our Junior Savers kids club.”
As a Wintrust customer and family-owned company that grew from one theatre to 14 in the Chicago suburbs,
Classic Cinemas saw a great brand fit.
“Having that local touch is really important to me and to our guests, so it was a big deal that Wintrust shares that
philosophy as well,” said Chris Johnson, CEO and owner of Classic Cinemas. “We have staff that grew up coming
to see our Wednesday series, and now they’re planning the lobby games for a new generation.”
The Wintrust Morning Movie Series will be shown at all 14 Classic Cinemas locations. Movie-goers are
encouraged to come early as space is limited. Groups of 15 or more can reserve seats with a special group rate
of $6.50 per person, which includes admission and a discounted Kiddie Combo: popcorn, drink, and fruit
snacks. Reservation forms can be found at www.classiccinemas.com/wmms .
The 2019 Wintrust Morning Movie Series Schedule:
June 5 Sgt. Stubby: An American Hero
June 12 Trolls
June 19 Teen Titans Go! To the Movies
June 26 Smallfoot
July 3 Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax
July 10 Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation
July 17 The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part
July 24 Celebrate Christmas in July! - D r. Seuss’ The Grinch
July 31 How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World
August 7 Wonder Park
About Classic Cinemas
Classic Cinemas , based in Downers Grove, Illinois, is a family-owned movie exhibitor operated by Willis, Shirley
and Chris Johnson. Established in 1978, Classic Cinemas operates 111 screens at 14 locations across northern
Illinois. Every auditorium is equipped with state-of-the-art digital projection and sound technology to ensure the
best presentation possible. Classic Cinemas has been delivering 2-hour vacations for over 40 years and was
recently acknowledged as one of the Top 40 movie theatre chains in the country.
Wintrust is a financial holding company with assets of over $32 billion whose common stock is traded on the
NASDAQ Global Select Market. Built on the "HAVE IT ALL" model, Wintrust offers sophisticated technology and
resources of a large bank while focusing on providing service-based community banking to each and every
customer. Wintrust operates fifteen community bank subsidiaries, with over 160 banking locations located in the
greater Chicago and southern Wisconsin market areas. Additionally, Wintrust operates various non-bank
business units including business units which provide commercial and life insurance premium financing in the
United States, a premium finance company operating in Canada, a company providing short-term accounts
receivable financing and value-added out-sourced administrative services to the temporary staffing services
industry, a business unit engaging primarily in the origination and purchase of residential mortgages for sale into
the secondary market throughout the United States, and companies providing wealth management services and
qualified intermediary services for tax-deferred exchanges.
CEO of Hinsdale Bank & Trust