Friends of the Normal Theater

When you become a member of Friends of the Normal Theater you are supporting the only Art House Theater in Central Illinois. Your financial support goes directly toward our operations and continued upkeep of this historic theater.

We offer a multi-tiered membership program that is designed for the casual movie lover and the die-hard fans alike. Memberships include free popcorn, discounted ticket prices, and quarterly film screenings that are exclusive to members and their guests. Your benefits increase with each new level of support. Memberships can be purchased as a single annual investment toward the operations of the theater or can easily be set up as monthly installments for the year of your support.

Memberships will expire one calendar year after your purchase date. Friends of the Normal Theater will receive renewal notices prior to their expiration. Memberships can be purchased online (coming soon!) or at the theater during our operating hours.

FoNT Benefits Table 2019

Membership Levels & Benefits


Member – $50 or $5/month for 12 months. Members receive free popcorn with every visit to the theater as well as $1 off ticket purchases and invites to participate in quarterly Friends of the Normal Theater curated film screenings.

Director – $120 or $10/month for 12 months. Directors receive all member benefits of the Member level as well as a 25th Anniversary Ornament and a pair of tickets to any regular film screening during the month of their birthday.

Producer – $180 or $15/month for 12 months. Producers receive all member benefits of the Director level as well as on screen recognition before all regular film screenings and a complimentary drink with each visit.

Cinephile – $240 or $20/month for 12 months. Cinephiles receive all member benefits of the Producer level as well as a Normal Theater T-shirt and 2 complimentary tickets to attend any regular film screening. This membership can include up to 2 individuals to receive all benefits excluding complimentary merchandise.

Hollywood Darling – $360 or $30/month for 12 months. Hollywood Darlings receive all member benefits of the Cinephile level as well as 4 additional complimentary tickets to attend any regular film screening (total of 6), discounted ticket prices for all special events held at the theater, and a Normal Theater fleece blanket. This membership can include up to 3 individuals to receive all benefits excluding complimentary merchandise.

Studio Executive – $600 or $50/month for 12 months. Studio Executives receive all member benefits of the Hollywood Darling as well as 2 additional complimentary tickets to attend any regular film screening (total of 8) and a complimentary marquee message on our vintage neon, steel, and glass marquee. This membership can include up to 4 individuals to receive all benefits excluding complimentary merchandise and marquee message.

Film Magnate – $1,200 or $100/month for 12 months. Film Magnates receive all member benefits of the Studio Executive as well as 2 additional complimentary tickets to attend any regular film screening (total of 10) and an exclusive private screening in our beautiful theater. This membership can include up to 5 individuals to receive all benefits excluding the marquee message and private film screening.

*Film selection subject to availability. Complimentary concessions not included for non-member guests at private screening.

Cinema Impresario – is available to members who donate $2,400 or more per year. Please contact Theater Manager Benjamin Young at byoung@theater.org or 309-433-9941 to discuss benefit options.



FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

 How long does my membership last?  Each membership is valid for one calendar year, beginning on the date of purchase.

How can I purchase a membership?  Memberships can be purchased online (coming soon!) or you can purchase a membership in-person at the theater during normal operating hours.

When will I receive my membership card?  Anyone who purchases a membership will receive their membership card in the mail within 7-10 business days following their purchase.

Do you offer household or family memberships?  Cinephile, Hollywood Darling, Studio Executive, and Film Magnate tiers all provide options for multiple members on a membership account.

Can I give a membership as a gift?  Yes! You can purchase a gift membership online or at the theater.

How can I redeem my free movie tickets?  For tiers that receive additional complimentary movie tickets beyond the quarterly membership exclusive screenings, you must present your complimentary passes at the box office to receive your ticket. At this time we are unable to provide complimentary ticket purchases online.

Do I need my membership card to purchase tickets at the discounted price?   No. Providing your membership card will speed up the process of purchasing your items at a discounted rate, but the theater staff can look up your membership status if you provide your name and identification.

Can I transfer my membership if I move or graduate?  No. Memberships are non-refundable and non-transferable.

If I select the Cinephile or higher tier, will each person on the membership receive all benefits?  Yes and no, details are outlined under our member descriptions. Please contact Theater Manager Benjamin Young at byoung@normal.org or 309-433-9941 if you have additional questions.

I am a current member under the old membership levels, will I be automatically moved into a new level?  Yes. Green memberships are now in the Member tier. Bronze memberships are now in the Director tier. Silver and Gold memberships are now in the Producer tier. Complimentary tickets will still be provided for any film designated as a Classic Film Series movie until the end of your current membership expires.

What happens if I lose my membership card?  If you lose your membership card stop in to the theater or contact normaltheater@normal.org and we can reissue you a new card. Your membership benefits are still available to you if you lost your card or forget it at home; just give your name and identification to the box office or concessions counter to receive your benefits.

Can I bring a non-member to a Member Exclusive Screening?  Yes. Each member is entitled to a free admission for one non-member guest at each quarterly member screening. Additional non-member tickets can be purchased by the member at these screenings pending availability.

How do I claim my free Normal Theater ornament, T-shirt, or blanket?  For members in eligible levels, present your membership card to a manager at the theater during normal operating hours to claim your complimentary merchandise.


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