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The old Ritz Theatre is actually at 106 E. Main Street (not W. Main). The west side of Main Street is not in the downtown area and 106 W. Main is approximately where Casey’s General Store is located. The Arcola Opera House is directly across the street from the Ritz Theatre.
I just uploaded a couple recent photos of the Illinois Theatre in Newman, IL. The address is 110 W. Yates Street. The woman who runs Ocean to Ocean Antiques (next to the theater) knows some of the history of the theater. She also has a couple nice old photos of the theater. I will ask her if she would be willing to post her information and photos.
Does anyone know why the terra cotta is being removed from the Village Theatre? I just uploaded a photo that I took yesterday (Sunday, April 20, 2014) to the photos section.
JMINS, I recommend calling the Theatre Historical Society in Elmhurst. They should have information on the El Tovar/Raue Center.
The Bartlett Theatre is currently Isaac & Moishe’s Deli, Fruits & Vegetables.
The Triple Door website includes a short history (which includes photos) of the Embassy Theatre. Here’s the link: http://www.thetripledoor.net/Our-Story/Read-Our-Story.aspx
I visited this area a couple years ago. I found Dino’s Pizza at 837 Elizabeth Ave., Reve Health Food Store at 839 Elizabeth Ave., which means the vacant lot next to the health food store would be 841. This building has been demolished.
It’s currently the Special Touch Full Service Salon.
This building is currently Bishop’s Busy Big Store and it is at 137 N. Main Street, Elizabeth, Illinois.
The address of the theater is 213 S. Main Street.
The history of the building is:
W.T. Bean & A. Davidson Druggists 1870-1875;
Lawman & Davidson Druggists 1875-1979;
Vanscayor Corner Drug Store 1880s;
Chicago Store – Variety Store J.N. Clouse 1904-1910;
Scenic Theatre – Dave Mitchell 1910-1914, John Kendall 1914-1917;
Kendall Theatre – John Kendall family 1917-1970s;
Prairie Town Collectibles – Fine Arts Studio & Gallery and Antiques 1986.
The building is owned by a relative of John Kendall who also owns and runs the antique store to the left (on the other side of the vacant lot). He uses the building for storage. He says that he has a row of seats, the projector, and other items from the old theater.
The building is still sitting empty. I just uploaded a photo from this past weekend.
Inside the store, near the front entrance, there are 10-15 framed photos of the building when it was a theater. There are exterior and interior photos. If you get to Chesterton, stop in the store and take a look at these pictures.
ronmartis, is the photo above the correct building?
This is currently El Sol de Tala Traditional Mexican Cuisine restaurant.
The building is currently Harvest Moon Hydroponics Indoor Gardening Center.
Their website says they are opening on Friday. Here’s the link: http://www.harpertheater.com
Hey Lee. I was one of the RHPS regulars back in the mid-1980s (along with Betzi and the Celluloid Jam). I enjoyed your comment and would love to read your script some day. The best part about being in the cast was getting to hang out in the Oriental every weekend. It’s such an amazing theater.
There is now a vacant lot at this address which is next to the South Bend State Bank building (at 911 S. Michigan Street).
The Edna Theater, at 108 E. Eighth Street, Gibson City, IL is now a Masonic Temple.
Building is still sitting empty and boarded up. From the front doors, you can still see that the lobby (and concession stand) are still intact. New photo posted today.
The book “Historic Movie Theatres of Wisconsin” by Konrad Schiecke lists this theater at 926 Milwaukee Ave.
The theater was run by Robert Kramer when it was destroyed by fire on Sunday, January 20, 1924.
This theater closed on November 6, 2008. I just uploaded a recent photo of the closed theater.
This building currently houses The Eyeglass Shoppe which is at 502 Main Street, Marseilles.
Thanks Broan! That’s really good news. I was wondering what was happening to the building.