Farmington Music Theater

45 N. Main Street,
Farmington, IL 61531

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Farmington Music Theater

Originally built in the early years of the 20th century as a Masonic Lodge and located on Main Street, the building later became the Princess Theater. Today, it is home to the Farmington Music Theater, a venue for concerts and other live entertainment. It closed around 2005.

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Hugh on December 31, 2010 at 1:24 pm

December 2010 – – there is a For Sale sign in the window. Residents told us the music theatr closed 4-5 years ago.

Mark on August 19, 2013 at 2:31 pm

Is this the building that once housed Zellmer’s Dinner Theater productions in the 1990’s?

Norman Plant
Norman Plant on April 12, 2015 at 8:03 pm

This one is definitely closed.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on April 13, 2015 at 11:19 am

The new Masonic Lodge in Farmington was dedicated on October 9, 1901, according to the November 1 issue of Masonic publication The American Tyler. I haven’t found the Princess Theatre mentioned in early trade publications, but it was listed in the 1921 Cahn guide with 500 seats.

The February 19, 1916, issue of The Moving Picture World mentions houses in Farmington called the Lyric and the Strand, both operated by Jesse Chance, Jr., and in 1913 there was a house called the Dreamland. Any of those might have been earlier names for the Princess.

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