Beverly Theater

2515 N. Knoxville Avenue,
Peoria, IL 61604

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KelliL
KelliL on March 31, 2013 at 6:05 pm

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).

JudithK
JudithK on July 15, 2012 at 11:05 pm

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

JudithK
JudithK on July 4, 2012 at 8:57 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.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on May 20, 2010 at 3:39 am

Nice Theatre. i dated a Beverly.

TLSLOEWS
TLSLOEWS on May 20, 2010 at 1:17 am

Very nice vintage and more modern photos.

JudithK
JudithK on May 16, 2010 at 1:00 am

The Beverly Theater I believe was close to my grandparents' home in Peoria, IL. During my time there (1953-1975 when my grandparents passed away) it showed “road show” films, notably two which I saw during those years, “Around the World in 80 Days” and “The Sound of Music.” The town where I lived did not show first-run motion pictures, so this was really appreciated. I wish I remembered the theater’s interior, but I do not other than the lack of a balcony.

JeffCarlson
JeffCarlson on January 22, 2010 at 1:26 am

Here are a couple different vintage shot:

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Dave1
Dave1 on December 22, 2008 at 9:51 pm

I worked at the Bevery from 1989 – 1991. It had a searing capacity of 725. It did not have a balcony. The building also housed the chain’s District Office for a time. The projector was capable of showing standard 35mm films as well as 70mm films.

JeffCarlson
JeffCarlson on January 6, 2007 at 2:08 am

After this theater closed, there was some small effort to turn it into a comedy museum highlighting such Peoria-area artists like Fibber Magee & Molly, Richard Pryor and Sam Kinison. It never got past the planning stage.