Beverly Theatre

2515 N. Knoxville Avenue,
Peoria, IL 61604

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1937 photo from the book: J. Fletcher Lankton Architect, courtesy of the Peoria Public Library.

The Beverly Theatre was opened on May 17, 1937 with William Powell in “My Man Godfrey”. It was operated by George Kerasotes, and was located on Knoxville Avenue. The theatre remained in operation until the early-1990’s but has since been demolished and replaced by a Walgreens.

Contributed by Bryan Krefft

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TLSLOEWS
TLSLOEWS on May 19, 2010 at 5:17 pm

Very nice vintage and more modern photos.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on May 19, 2010 at 7:39 pm

Nice Theatre. i dated a Beverly.

JudithK
JudithK on July 4, 2012 at 12:57 pm

I was in Peoria not too long ago after a very long absence. It was good to be back! I believe the theatre is still there, but is used for some other purpose (?). Those who live in Peoria, please advise.

JudithK
JudithK on July 15, 2012 at 3:05 pm

Whoops: says at the top of the page that a Walgreens is on the site. That’s it.

KelliL
KelliL on March 31, 2013 at 10:05 am

I was thinking this was on University down by McClure, but maybe I’m wrong. Last movie I saw there was Silence of the Lambs. I remember being a child and my mom taking me to see Disney movies there (Bambi, Freaky Friday, and Snow White come to mind).

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on February 4, 2015 at 2:32 pm

Here is an undated interior photo of the Beverly Theatre’s auditorium, from the Peoria Historical Society.

Like Kerasotes' Varsity Theatre of 1939, the Beverly was designed by Peoria architect J. Fletcher Lankton. This web page has a history of Kerasotes Theatres.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on February 5, 2015 at 1:20 pm

A brief item in the April 21, 1971, issue of Bloomington, Illinois' daily paper The Pantagraph noted the death of architect J. Fletcher Lankton and said that he had “….designed Peoria’s Varsity and Beverly theaters as well as numerous other theaters in the Midwest.” So far I’ve been able to identify only one of those numerous other theaters, that being the Esquire in Springfield, Illinois. Kerasotes was a partner in the Esquire, along with Frisina Theatres. As George Kerasotes hired Lankton for two of his own projects, it seems very likely that some of those other theaters he designed were also Kerasotes houses.

DavidZornig
DavidZornig on July 13, 2016 at 5:51 pm

1937 photo added from the book: J. Fletcher Lankton Architect, courtesy of the Peoria Public Library.

DavidZornig
DavidZornig on April 6, 2018 at 5:37 pm

1969 photo added courtesy of Frank Larkin, via Local History Collection, Peoria Public Library.

DavidZornig
DavidZornig on June 11, 2020 at 11:54 am

March 17, 1937 Grand Opening ad added credit Peoria Journal Star, courtesy Steve Tarter via Local History Collection : Peoria Public Library.

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