Warner Theatre

1201 SW Adams Street,
Peoria, IL 61602

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JeffCarlson
JeffCarlson on February 15, 2010 at 9:18 pm

Here a shot of the Warner in it’s current state:

JeffCarlson
JeffCarlson on January 21, 2010 at 8:15 pm

Here’s a link to a vintage shot of the Warner:

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I took a photo of the building in it’s current state and will post it here soon.

Tad
Tad on February 21, 2009 at 6:12 pm

I worked in the Warner Theater building from 2003 to 2005 it was a truck repair shop at the time. I have always been interested in finding out info on its history. Their were still many features remaining of when it was a the Warner most notably was the very elaborate crown molding that ran the length of the walls near the ceiling.

Patsy
Patsy on January 9, 2008 at 12:45 pm

Lee: A real shame to lose (or soon lose) a theatre with the WARNER name!

cinegrafx
cinegrafx on January 9, 2008 at 12:38 pm

The Warner theater is probably vacant as it’s been decaying for over 40 years.
I would suspect it will be razed in the near future. The same fate for the Avon which
is directly across the street from the old Szolds department store. The Avon
had been gutted and converted to a night club in the 60’s. After the club
failed, it remained boarded up awaiting demolition. I have a photo of the Avon
if anyone is interested.

Patsy
Patsy on May 23, 2007 at 8:42 am

And with the name WARNER, I wonder if there is any Warner history connected to this theatre. I would guess that there is a connection so would like to read about it.

Patsy
Patsy on May 23, 2007 at 8:40 am

Nice to know that the structure is still there though after reading “there is a large overhead door in the back of the theater now for trucks to enter and exit” sounds like it is still the Mid City Truck and Auto Repair business. Would be interesting to have someone get inside and take some photos to see if anthing “theatre” remains. It’s a shame that this university town didn’t keep their theatre.

USMC1371
USMC1371 on May 23, 2007 at 6:40 am

The structure is still there; however, there is a large overhead door in the back of the theater now for trucks to enter and exit.

JeffCarlson
JeffCarlson on January 6, 2007 at 4:47 pm

I remember this theater being closer to the old Szolds department store. The likelyhood of this being renovated seems slim as the ‘hood is very rough.

FYI: I’m a Peoria native currently living in Chicago, next time I’m down there I’ll check it out and report back.

Patsy
Patsy on January 6, 2007 at 7:31 am

I still would love to see some photos of this Warner that accoridng to Carl is STILL STANDING…..are you listening Lost Memory? Peoria is a college town…Bradley University so I would like to think it could and would be renovated perhaps by the university!

JeffCarlson
JeffCarlson on January 5, 2007 at 9:20 pm

I believe the actual structure is still standing.

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on August 3, 2006 at 12:58 pm

Opened in 1910 as the Little Palace Theatre. It was re-named the Grand Theatre in 1932 and became the Warner Theatre in 1941. Closed in 1957, it had a seating capacity of 436.

An internet search gives a Mid City Truck & Auto Repair business at this address. Could the theatre building still be standing? We a local theatre expert to go along and take a look.

Patsy
Patsy on August 3, 2006 at 12:40 pm

And is this Warner still standing?

Patsy
Patsy on April 14, 2006 at 8:17 pm

I would love to see photos of this Warner!

ABone
ABone on February 18, 2006 at 8:37 pm

The Warner was known earlier as the Little Palace and, I think, as the Grand, but a theater operated there much earlier than the ‘40’s. The building was still standing last I knew. Again, Bill Adams’ “Only Yesterday” (collection of his Journal Star reminiscence columns) is the best source for information on Peoria theaters.