Grove Theater

510 N. Kellogg Street,
Galesburg, IL 61401

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The former Grove Theatre, located on Kellogg Street at Grove Street, is today home to a church. Further information on the Grove would be apprecated.

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ABone
ABone on February 19, 2006 at 12:23 am

The Grove opened in about 1941 and was the only movie theater outside the downtown business district ever to exist in Galesburg to my knowledge. It was a nice little art deco house seating perhaps 400-500. It was one of the principal independent theaters in a high-profile suit in about 1947 against the studios/chains for the right to show first-run movies, which it did for sometime after that. It has not been a movie house since probably the early ‘60’s.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on December 9, 2009 at 10:51 pm

Cinematour has this theater listed as demolished, but the church shows up in the town listings. The Googlemobile has not made it to Galesburg yet, unfortunately.

ChrisBevard
ChrisBevard on November 5, 2012 at 12:19 am

I’m from Galesburg, and wish I could provide more info. My father, a b-movie enthusiast, and my stepmother used to go there a lot in the 60s – it was the only theater in the area to show b-movies and exploitation films aside from the Galesburg Drive-In for quite some time – my stepmother in particular remembers seeing “Them!” there, and my father remembers seeing a couple of different early “splatter” films there. It closed officially in – I THINK – 1972. I know for a fact that it was a movie house until at least 1970. They did used to show films that the Orpheum and the Twin West, Galesburg’s other non-drive-in theaters at the time, wouldn’t show.

Chris1982
Chris1982 on June 1, 2014 at 6:34 am

The Grove Theatre opened in 1943.

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