Grand Theater

124 N. Locust Street,
Centralia, IL 62801

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Grand Theater

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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.

After closing the Grand Theater was used as a skating rink by 1985. It was demolished in 2002.

Contributed by Garrett Anderson

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teecee
teecee on April 21, 2005 at 5:00 am

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 10:28 am

I remember this place – sad to see it go!

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on March 30, 2018 at 7:35 pm

The grass-covered site of the Grand Theatre is roughly across the street from the building currently occupied by Byrd Watson Medical Equipment, which is at 123 N. Locust. The Grand’s address was probably about 124 N.Locust.

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