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The Do You Remember site of the University of Illinois cites June 16, 1914 as the opening date as a vaudeville house with the first film being shown as The Temple of Venus on January 16, 1926 and the first talkie, The Lion and the Mouse on November 4, 1928.
Joe, I found a reference that a Peter Jacobs, former police chief of Springfield, Il opened the Savoy and Gem at 522 and 524 Hampshire. There are also references to both of these properties changing hands a number of times.
The name was changed to Colonial in 1910 when it was purchased by Colonial Theaters of Joliet, Il.
Disagree with sybella26. The actual Quincy, see elsewhere on CT, was down the street at 521.
I found a reference in the Do You Remember collection of the University of Illinois which said the Bijou was opened by Messrs. Patrick and McConnell. The initial program consisted of five acts of vaudeville, an illustrated screen song and a moving picture.
Uploaded interior and exterior photos of the Orpheum as well as the announcement of the December 25, 1914 opening from the Quincy Public Library collection.
Uploaded a 1946 exterior photo, the year it closed, and an interior photo from the Quincy Public Library collection.
Uploaded a photo of the exterior from the Quincy Public Library collection.
Uploaded two pictures of the Quincy from the Quincy Public Library collection. In the 1916 photo actress Mae Miller is shown.
Who needs all this s…. Just give me a good movie, a clean, comfortable environment at a good price.
Found a 2009 reference that the Redemption church was using the Danville 4 as a temporary home. Three theaters combined for a 300 seat auditorium. Lobby and other auditorium used for other purposes. So it would appear that the additional four auditoriums opened across from the original twin were subsequently thought of as a separate entity. Does that mean that the add on continued after the original twin closed?
I’m confused. This started as a twin. According to rivest 3,4,5&6 were added. So why is this on here as Danville 4 when, at no point, it was never just 4?
Matt do you have any interior photos? I understand there were a number of dressing rooms, too.
At the March 14th meeting the matter of demolition was tabled another month. So what else is new.
Capacity down to 68 by actual count.
Uploaded photo of original facade.
Three photos uploaded.
Uploaded a vintage exterior photo.
Uploaded a 1943 photo by Jesse Crawford found on the Carroll County Historical site.
Time will tell, moviebuff. I’m sure they’re not monitoring Cinema Treasures for suggestions.
Saw an interesting piece on Facebook. During a recent renovation they came upon a wallet that had been lodged in the floorboards. They figured it was there from 1944. Through some detective work they located the owner who was a teen at that time.
The building still stands and is currently being used for storage.
Early photo of the full facade uploaded.
Uploaded a poor quality image of the original Dream Theatre and two ads from that venue. The one headed scenes from yesteryear incorrectly says this theatre burnt down. In reality it was the third theatre to bear this name which burnt. See that site on CT.
Uploaded a newspaper photo of firemen fighting the fire after the marquee had collapsed.
Uploaded a photo of the interior. Must have been some sort of meeting; not a woman or child in sight.