Lawford Theatre Wants Your Help

posted by Lawford on November 22, 2005 at 6:34 am

HAVANA, IL — Hello everyone, I am really glad to be a part of this community.

I recently aquired the Lawford Theater in Havana, IL, and went to work immediately painting, redoing the seats, carpeting, just about everything you can imagine! I even refurbished the screen, what a BEAUTIFUL theatre it is too.

This is where I am in need of ANY help. I need a good sound sytem that we can purchase (or better yet, donated) this town is really wild about the theatre re-opening, and they have supported it quite a lot. It’s too bad that others hurt the place so I am am putting all (or most) of my funds into it.

Can anyone out there help us in any kind of donations or sales, we even could use some hot dog warmers, etc! We are a 500 seat 1912 theater with a HUGE sound stage… thanks again for this wonderful site and its information!

Comments (6)

KenLayton on November 22, 2005 at 12:53 pm

It would be helpful to know what kind of sound equipment you have now. Specifically we need to know makes and models of:

audio processor/preamp
monitor amplifier
power amplifier
screen speaker(s)
surround speakers (if present)

JodarMovieFan on November 28, 2005 at 5:56 pm

How about posting some pictures or a link to your website to see how your new acquisition looks? Before and after pictures, maybe?

Lawford on November 28, 2005 at 6:10 pm

how can i post? thanks

Fudgeman77 on March 1, 2006 at 2:47 pm

I don’t know if tis will be any help, but Altec Lansing Used to be the ONLY speakers used in theatres,for a good reson too, they are the best. Altec stoped making the Voice of the Theatre speakers a while ago, but their are still many around and I think that thay have started making them again. This is their unofficial Hompage:
You may also want to contact Carmike Cinemas. They are renovating theatres and may sell you the items that they no longer need. Their website is
I hope this helps

webshark3 on March 10, 2006 at 6:45 am

Hi Lawford,

I just stumbled on a Ebay listing for this theater in Feb. Have you sold the theater after fixing it up?

Lawford on March 10, 2006 at 8:31 am

Hello there, its for sale to the right party, i want this theater to continue on the success it has been built up to :) we are actually opening a dinner theater here at this theater in May, its being catered to by a local company, Have applied for a beer and wine license for the theater also, thank you for asking

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