Virginia Theater

404 E. Locust Street,
Chatsworth, IL 60921

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Originally built as newspaper offices. The Virgnia Theater opened in 1930 with 248 seats. It was damaged by fire in 1946 and reopened later that year with 330 seats. By 1969 it was operating weekends only and closed in the late-1970’s. It became a woodworking shop, then a gift shop before sitting vacant for many years.

In 2018 work began to convert it into a community center, which is planned to open in 2019.

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Khnemu on March 18, 2018 at 10:08 am

The Virginia Theater was opened in 1930, by Frank W. Kaiser. It sat around 250. The building was originally built in 1888 as offices for the Chatsworth Plaindealer newspaper. A fire heavily damaged the theater in 1946, but it was rebuilt and reopened the same year, with seating for 330. The theater closed in the mid-60s but reopened in 1969 for weekends only. The theater closed permanently by the late 70s. It later housed a florist, then a woodworking shop and finally a gift shop before sitting vacant for many years. It is currently being renovated to house a community center which is expected to open in 2019. The address is 404 E. Locust Street.

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