Grand Theater

N. Locust Street,
Centralia, IL 62801

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The Pittenger Grand Opera House was first built in 1900, destroyed by fire, and rebuilt in 1901 with the support of the citizens of Centralia.

It was the largest, most elegant theater south of Springfield with 1,200 seats, over 800 electric lights, a crude air conditioner, and perfumed air (to match the theme of the performance). The first moving pictures flickered at the Grand in 1905. The first “talkie” in Centralia was shown at the Illinois Theater in 1929.

Contributed by Garrett Anderson

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teecee
teecee on April 21, 2005 at 1:00 pm

The Grand Theater was demolished in 2002 per the Centralia City Council meeting minutes dated January 14, 2002.

dschmeink
dschmeink on August 10, 2010 at 6:28 pm

I remember this place – sad to see it go!

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