Joliet, IL (1965 W Jefferson St)

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Joliet in the early 2000’s.

1965 W Jefferson St, Store #94[1] was a Showbiz Pizza Place/Chuck E. Cheese's that opened on July 13th, 1983 with a Rock-afire Explosion, which got concept unification in 1991/1992 and closed in 2006 and relocated to the current location on January 29th 2007 as Chuck E. Cheese's with a Studio c Beta and is still open with 2.0.


Before the location opened, the spot was once a Kmart Foods and then a A&P Groceries Store before it became a Showbiz Pizza Place.

Joliet opened on July 13, 1983 as a Showbiz Pizza Place with the Rock-afire Explosion. Sadly, information on Joliet as a SPP is very scarce. In between 1988 and 1990, they received the 1988 remodel removing older decor for new decor, added blue and white awnings on the counters, added checkers inside and outside of the store, and received the Showbiz Pizza Campground Upgrade. In 1991/1992, Joliet fell victim to Concept Unification, changing the Rock-afire Explosion into one of the 150+ 3-Stages. In the mid-late '90s, they received the 1993 remodel, removing all traces of the 1988 remodel, changed the exterior, and changed the decor. Joliet's owners relocated 4.6 miles away to Chicagoland Circle in January 2007. The new location opened on January 29, 2007, but as for the old location, it remained vacant for approximately 15 years. The Showroom walls and the Skytubes lettering was left inside too. In 2011/2012, the building and the Big Kmart next to it was repainted to light colors. In 2021, Planet Fitness took up the former space. As of November 2023, Planet Fitness is still there.


Joliet opened with a Rock-afire Explosion and later on received the Showbiz Pizza Campground Upgrade in 1988-1990. Joliet then got Concept Unification in 1991/1992, removing the Rock-afire Explosion for a 3-Stage. In the early 2000s, the latex masks were replaced with plastic masks. By 2005, the curtains were disabled. Joliet's 3-Stage would stay like this until the January 2007 closure.

Stage Installed Removed Notes
The Rock-afire Explosion July 1983 1991/1992 One of the last SPPs in Illinois to open.
3-Stage 1991/1992 January 2007 Show sent to Mishawaka, Indiana after closure.



As previously mentioned, the animatronics from Joliet were sent to Mishawaka, IN. Mishawaka then replaced their original animatronics with Joliet’s, meaning their original animatronics must have been in poor shape and Joliet’s were a lot better. Joliet’s animatronics were in service on Mishawaka’s stage until in 2018, a fire damaged the stage, forcing Mishawaka to get a dance floor. Joliet’s animatronics then were split between multiple stores such as Darien, IL and Chicago Kedzie IL to be used as parts.

Animatronic Serial Whereabouts
Chuck E. Cheese / Rolfe DeWolfe 10-82 1-23 Owned by Doc Ferdifer.
Pasqually the Chef / Dook Larue 10-82 2-23 Unknown where the bot went after the fire.
Mr. Munch / Fatz Geronimo 10-82 3-23 Unknown where the bot went after the fire.
Jasper T. Jowls / Beach Bear 10-82 4-23 Later used at Mishawaka, IN (822 W McKinley Ave) after the Joliet fire, now Owned by Private Collector after the Mishawaka fire.
Helen Henny / Mitzi Mozzarella 10-82 5-23 Owned by a private collector.
Billy Bob 10-82 6-23 Unknown
PizzaCam/Looney Bird 10-82 7-23 Unknown
Munch Jr./Choo Choo 10-82 8-23 Unknown
Building/Sun 10-82 10-23 Unknown, possibly not sent to Mishawaka
Moon 10-82 11-23 Unknown, possibly not sent to Mishawaka
Antioch N/A Unknown
Wink N/A Unknown, not sent to Mishawaka