Raue Center for the Arts
26 N. Williams Street,
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Raue Center for the Arts (Official)
Architects: Elmer F. Behrns
Styles: Mission Revival
Previous Names: El Tovar Theatre, Lake Theatre, Showplace 8
Opened July 25, 1929 as the El Tovar Theatre, this theatre was a welcome addition to northern Illinois as a movie and vaudeville theatre.
The interior, complete with dressing rooms and an orchestra pit, was designed in the Mission style and a spectacular pipe organ occupied its own loft close to the stage. It was closed in January 1952 to be remodeled and reopened as the Lake Theatre on February 14, 1952. In the 1980’s it was renamed Showplace 8.
The El Tovar Theatre reopened in 2001 as the Raue Center for the Arts. The renovation included expanding the stage and completely re-doing the stage house. The Mission style decorations have been retained.
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