Wilton Theater

114 S. Water Street,
Wilmington, IL 60481

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Wilton Theater, Wilmington, IL

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The former Wilton Theater, located on Water Street near Jefferson Street (not far from the Kankakee River), is now home to an antique mall.

Contributed by Bryan Krefft

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Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on November 5, 2009 at 2:35 am

I believe this theater was featured in a 1953 theater owners' documentary about the financial devastation wrought by the 20% federal tax, plus other encroachments on the box office, such as television.

The doc is called “The Case Against the 20% Federal Admission Tax on Motion Picture Theaters” and is a treasure trove of theaters operating but in imminent trouble, including long looks at their still-open theaters, marquees, etc., and interviews with the owners.

There are also plenty of shots of already-closed theaters; the writing was really on the wall already.

TCM ran this movie on 11/1/09 at about 6am and I stumbled upon it by accident; I don’t know when it will screen again but it is well worth seeking out.

Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois
Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois on March 25, 2012 at 3:32 pm

Open ?1940?-1950.

Owned by Anderson Theatre Circuit of 118 E. Jefferson St., Morris, Illinois. They also had theaters in such towns as Coal City, De Kalb, Morris & Naperville all in Illonois.

Manteno, Illinois
MP 47 on the IC/CN/AMTRAK “Mainline of Mid-America”

Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois
Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois on March 26, 2012 at 1:27 pm

Would be great to have photos of the original theater, both inside and out and more info too!

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