Rio Theatre

56 Illinois Street,
Chicago Heights, IL 60411

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The Illinois Theatre was opened in 1914 and closed in 1922. It was reopened in 1937 as the Rio Theatre. According to the Film Daily Yearbook of 1945, the Rio Theatre was open and seating 750. The Rio Theatre was closed in 1954, and was demolished in the early-1970’s.

Any additional information on the Rio Theatre would be appreciated.

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Gilvo
Gilvo on September 14, 2010 at 9:26 pm

That is the Illinois Theater on the south side of Illinois Street between Oak and Halsted. Nice picture, wonder what year that is from.
Believe the Rio was further East, on the south side of Illinois Street, Southeast from the Victoria Hotel.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on December 14, 2014 at 1:17 pm

The Illinois Theatre was mentioned in many issue of the The Chicago Heights Star after 1922, and placed more than a few ads, but most of the notices and ads were not for movies. There were political meetings, school plays, boxing matches, club meetings, and other live events, but the only movies I’ve found were advertised on March 27, 1924, and one of those films had been released in 1923 and the other in 1922. I’ve seen only a few issues of the paper from this period, so there could have occasionally been other movies shown.

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