Canna Theatre

110 E. Chestnut Street,
Gillespie, IL 62033

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First opened on June 6, 1928 as the New Pert Theatre with a seating capacity of 603. From September 1930 it was remodeled by the Frisnia Amusement Co. and was known as the Lyric Theatre.

Frisnia closed the Lyric in 1953 and it remained dark until it re-opened as the Canna Theatre on October 18, 1956 with Joan Crawford in “Autumn Leaves”. It was then operated by the Canna Anna civic organisation.

In recent years it reverted back to the name Lyric. The theater was donated to the city of Gillespie in 2003 and has been renovated for use as a concert hall.

In 2007 it was leased by a new management and the name reverted back to Canna Theatre, screening first-run movies. Opening on May 18, 2007 with “Shrek the Third”.

Contributed by Bryan, Ken Roe

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Ken Roe
Ken Roe on May 7, 2005 at 11:42 am

Listed in Film Daily Yearbok’s that I have (1941-1950) as the Lyric Theatre.

teecee on May 13, 2005 at 10:04 am

Now a venue for punk rock music. Capacity is listed as 252 people.

ThreeFarmers on May 3, 2006 at 12:51 pm

I’m from Gillespie and I have a photo of the theater back in the ‘40s when the old Gillespie city hall sat on the corner. The photo is actually of the city hall, but you can see the Lyric three doors down.

I’ve never known there to be a punk show or any other concert at this location. If it happens, it’s extremely rare.

Today it is used for community theater and the high shool will put on a musical there occasionally.

richgamer on August 29, 2006 at 8:47 am

If threefarmers could please contact this website again or email me at i would greatly appreciate it. I am a member of the Lyric players the group that runs the Theatre.

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on August 29, 2006 at 9:40 am

The seating capacity for the Lyric Theatre in the 1950 edition of Film Daily Yearbook is given as 603.

Cary41 on December 17, 2007 at 8:05 am

The Eisentraut family of Hillsboro has leased the theatre from the city of Gillespie and it is once again showing movies on the big screen under the name “Canna”. Upgrades to the theatre include leather couch seating, a new sound system, new carpet, tuxedo dressed staff that make personal introductions to every feature. The theatre recently had it’s first sold-out show under new ownership with Alvin and the Chipmunks.

paulnelson on November 17, 2014 at 5:55 pm

Handsome marquee and entrance. Art moderne look. Cheers to all who run this place.

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