Spencer Theatre

1903 2nd Avenue,
Rock Island, IL 61201

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dallasmovietheaters on October 27, 2017 at 7:09 am

According to the local newspaper, this location opened as the Crystal Theatre on Christmas Day, December 25, 1905. J.C. Sodini bought the Crystal in 1907 hiring architects Hanssen & Harfst of Davenport to improve seating and extend the stage. The theatre reopens as the Family Theatre in 1907.

rivest266 on July 1, 2017 at 11:29 am

This opened as spencer square theatre iOn November 25th, 1915. Grand opening ad in photo section

JeffAdamson on March 19, 2017 at 6:33 am

I just added a new photo that I found of the Spencer Theater in Rock Island, IL. Looking at the marquee, I find it odd that they would be advertising the other two movie theaters up the street.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on August 1, 2012 at 9:12 pm

The papers of Rock Island architect George P. Stauduhar include plans for the Spencer Square Theatre, dated 1915-16. The only other theater project in the papers is a house called Shield’s Movie Theatre, also in Rock Island, dated 1917. I’ve been unable to find any other references to it on the Internet.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on September 9, 2011 at 5:51 pm

The July 8, 1908, issue of The Moving Picture World said that the Family Theater in Rock Island would “…open for a summer run of moving pictures and illustrated songs.”