McLean Theatre

Eastside Square,
McLeansboro, IL 62859

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McLean Theatre

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The McLean Theatre was opened in 1940, it was a designed in Streamline Moderne style. Closed in the 1970’s, it was last used as a teen safe house.

Any further information on the McLean Theatre would be appreciated.

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Ken Roe
Ken Roe on March 26, 2005 at 11:15 am

A seating capacity of 500 is given in the 1950 edition of Film Daily Yearbook.

plasticfootball
plasticfootball on March 13, 2008 at 6:59 pm

The last time I saw the McLean (maybe 2003 or so), all of the “fancy” seen on the ‘43 postcard was gone—marquee, Vitrolite, neon, etc.—and it was barely recognizable as a former movie theater. The interior was stripped down to the outer walls, and there were gaping holes in the roof. This one’s finished.

Remo007
Remo007 on September 10, 2011 at 12:01 am

The McLean theater was re-opened in the 1980’s for a few years. I’m going to say 1982-1988 or thereabouts. It was my first job, working concessions in 1984. The manager at that time was Tracey Webb; after I left the job to go to college in the fall of 1985 I didn’t keep up with the place, but I think it stayed open another three years or so before Tracey closed it. After that it was a furniture showroom for a long time, and now I think the entire building is gone and the lot is a car dealership lot.

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