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Let's Celebrate 'Groundhog Day' with Photos of the Classic Cinemas Woodstock Theatre in Woodstock, Illinois

Posted on Friday, February 2, 2024 and updated on Friday, February 2, 2024 10:55 AM

Photo of wall mural depicting the 1993 movie, Groundhog Day, starring Bill Murray

February 2 is celebrated as 'Groundhog Day' in the United States, and no self-respecting movie fan will be able to avoid recalling the antics and classic scenes from the Bill Murray comedy, Groundhog Day, which was released in theaters in 1993. Murray plays a disenchanted weatherman covering the Groundhog Day festivities in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania who gets caught in a cycle where he relives the same day over and over. At first a maddening situation, he realizes it is his chance to change his life.

The city of Woodstock, Illinois hosted the filming of the movie, and the city has embraced its role in movie history. Located about 60 miles northwest of Chicago, it's also the home of the Classic Cinemas Woodstock Theatre, which was seen in the movie as the Alpine Theatre.

Commemorative PlaquePlaque commemorating the Woodstock Theatre and the movie Groundhog Day

The Woodstock Theatre is a historic eight-screen movie theater that dates back to 1927 when it was known as the Miller Theatre. It is located on Main Street, just a short walk away from the train station and from the Woodstock Square, which has a beautiful park and gazebo that provides a center point for the area.

Movie theater photos

You can view all the photos that we took of the movie theater and the surrounding area on the Photo Gallery for the Classic Cinemas Woodstock Theatre and below.

Photo of Historic SquareThe historic square with gazebo. The Woodstock Theatre is in the distance.

Just north of the theater's entrance, there is an alley that has murals depicting several movies, including the one above for its famous connection to the city. There is also a statue of Orson Welles and a carving of Woodstock Willie, the city's version of weather forecasting groundhog Punxsutawney Phil.

Opera House in Woodstock, IllinoisThe Woodstock Opera House on the south side of the square.

A visit to Woodstock would not be complete without seeing the place where Phil repeatedly stepped in the pothole after meeting Ned Ryerson, everyone's favorite insurance agent. Watch out for that first step, it's a doozy!

The B&B where Phil Conners stayed in the movieThe inn where Phil stayed during the movie.

Another iconic location from the movie was the bed and breakfast with the infamous alarm clock where Phil stayed during the movie. It is now the The Cherry Tree Inn Bed and Breakfast, which is currently open and accepting guests. I'm not sure if the shower has been fixed, so that's something to check on, along with the alarm clock situation...

Groundhog Day is the perfect time to watch this classic movie! With it landing on a Friday this year, there's no excuse not to take less than two hours to enjoy watching Phil as he navigates his opportunity at a different life. Andie MacDowell does a great job of playing off his character in one of her best performances on the big screen.

Watch Groundhog Day in Theaters

Dozens of theaters are playing the movie tomorrow and through the weekend, so to see where and when it might be playing near you, head over to the Showtimes page for Groundhog Day. and for Groundhog Day 30th Anniversary presented by TCM.

Watch Groundhog Day at Home

If you can't get to a theater to see the movie, it's available on streaming services as well as DVD, Blu-ray, and 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray.


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