$2.9 million in renovations bring the Wildey Theatre back to life
EDWARDSVILLE, IL — Originally opened as an opera house in 1909 and closed in 1984 by Plitt Theaters, the Wildey is now sparkling again on Edwardsville’s Main Street after many years of civic restorative effort and an expenditure of nearly three million dollars. The Wildey will now be a mixed-use performing arts facility, including occasional film showings on a newly installed screen.
“In the mid-1980s, it went dark and it left a void in a large part of downtown,” he said. The last movie to be shown was “The Big Chill,” circa 1983.
Once the mayor was given a round of applause, Walker came to the stage and said, “Hear that sound. It’s applause. It has not been heard here for 25 years and it’s great.”
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