Gillioz Theatre

325 Park Central East,
Springfield, MO 65806

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JoelWeide
JoelWeide on December 15, 2010 at 8:30 pm

Just following comments. Thanks!

KingBiscuits
KingBiscuits on December 15, 2010 at 7:54 pm

The theatre may be foreclosed on due to a $3.5 million debt. However, there is a campaign to save the theatre.

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CSWalczak
CSWalczak on November 24, 2009 at 7:30 pm

The theater recently hired a new executive director. The story is here: View link

KarenDaniels
KarenDaniels on March 10, 2009 at 10:15 am

Does anyone have access to historic photos of this theatre that they could share off site? If so please contact me, I am working on a landmarks of Route 66 exhibit and would like to include the theatre.

Thanks

JimS1
JimS1 on February 2, 2009 at 8:14 am

Glad to hear that the management at the Gillioz will continue to schedule movies. I always loved that theatre. I believe the last movie I saw there was the 1976 KING KONG!! I was home for Christmas and took my niece and nephew Christmas afternoon. I need to come back home sometime and attend a movie, stage play or concert just so I can see the theatre again. Friends who attended the last SMSU Tent Theatre reunion took a tour of the Gillioz last year. They were impressed.

KingBiscuits
KingBiscuits on February 1, 2009 at 7:52 pm

I recently saw To Kill A Mockingbird here. Average crowd, original 35mm print but it got the support from local business that most area repretory shows fail to get.

KingBiscuits
KingBiscuits on February 1, 2009 at 7:51 pm

I recently saw To Kill A Mockingbird here. Average crowd, original 35mm print but it got the support from local business that most area repretory shows fail to get.

JimS1
JimS1 on February 1, 2009 at 6:18 pm

Gillioz was a good size single screen theatre. The Gillioz was the premiere (Mann) theatre downtown) when I lived in Springfield. The sister theatre, the Fox got most of the Disney , American International features. Not the Gillioz— first class product. Occasionally there would be a double feature bill but not often. I loved going to the Gillioz and walking down that long lobby— great coming attraction displays and posters.
I haven’t seen the remodel but two musical productions (A Little NIght Music, Little Women) were staged last year at the Gillioz. Sounds like the Gillioz is back, even though it’s no longer a movie
venue.

MPol
MPol on January 31, 2009 at 6:29 pm

This looks like a sweet little theatre-love the marquee outside.

DonLewis
DonLewis on September 8, 2008 at 5:05 pm

A 1987 view of the Gillioz Theatre in Springfield here, here, here and here. I wonder why the original design of the marquee and GILLIOZ lettering was not retained.

JoelWeide
JoelWeide on August 29, 2008 at 11:58 pm

If it has anything to do with theatres in Kansas or Western Missouri, I probably have a post on them. I worked for the Dickinson as well as the Mann and American Entertainment circuits in the late 1970’s and early 80’s so I will probably make a nuisance of myself on this fantastic site occasionally!

cerjda
cerjda on August 28, 2008 at 10:12 pm

Jeeze Joel Weide, we’re hittin all the same holes here!!! LOL. To comment on all of the above. Yes, the Gillioz did have a narrow lobby but waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay long. To let the customers stand inside in case of inclimate weather. The concession stand was part of the conversion into a movie theatre as there was no room for it except to build it in the hollowed out area under the stairwell. Way uncomfortable to work in. The lobby design between the Gillioz and the Fox were not similar at all. Nope – not at all. The Fox Joplin? yea – very much so except the Fox/Joplin had a wider lobby area.

KingBiscuits
KingBiscuits on July 10, 2008 at 1:35 am

That’s correct.

JoelWeide
JoelWeide on July 10, 2008 at 1:07 am

As mentioned above log onto YouTube and keyword in Gillioz, there is a fanstatic 3 minute video tour of the theatre that is very very very well done, plus other short clips from various acts that have recently played there.

If I remember right this theatre was at one time owned by National General and then the Mann circuits and may have been sold to the Dickinson chain when they acquired Mann’s interests in Missouri.

KingBiscuits
KingBiscuits on April 29, 2008 at 1:30 pm

I saw The Wizard Of Oz here on Friday. I saw it in the balcony and the people involved really put out all of the stops here. 35mm print (from the 1998 reissue), introduction by actors playing characters, bubbles provided during Glinda’s scenes and the air conditioning going at full-blast during the tornado scene.

Great experience.

KingBiscuits
KingBiscuits on March 5, 2008 at 9:18 pm

Recently, 35mm prints of The Seven Samurai (10/5/2007), It’s A Wonderful Life (12/13/2007 and 12/14/2007) and Casablanca (2/14/2008 and 2/15/2008) have run at the Gillioz.

spectrum
spectrum on September 27, 2007 at 10:22 pm

Status should be changed to Open. Reopened in October 2006!

Their webpage (link above) has a great photo gallery with historic and current photos throughout the interior.

Events calendar shows an interesting and wide-range of events. Comedy nights, broadway touring productions, fund raisers, high school reunions, quitye a few private events. It’s turned into quite a community resource!

claydoh77
claydoh77 on July 25, 2007 at 12:47 pm

Nice to see that the restoration is complete! From the pictures and website it seems a job well done. Congrats to all of those involved. I’ll have to check it out again next time I’m in Springfield. There was still a lot of work to be done when we toured this theatre in 2004 on the THSA Conclave listed above & I remember the story about Elvis being spotted here at one time.

moviejs
moviejs on June 21, 2007 at 1:46 pm

I’ve recently posted some photos of the Gillioz to my photobucket.com album: search GILLIOZ and THEATRE. Saw several movies there during the 50s, and remember the place as Springfield’s nicest downtowner at that time.

KingBiscuits
KingBiscuits on June 18, 2006 at 7:51 pm

It might be a move-over theatre for the Moxie as well as a theatre for the performing arts.

Bartstar
Bartstar on April 25, 2006 at 5:54 am

If you click on the official Gillioz Theatre web site listed in the description, you’ll see that the front entrance was recessed with a free-standing ticket booth. The photo above is obviously a temporary wall with a utilitarian door. Like the type of thing you’d see at a construction site.

beaumon
beaumon on July 20, 2005 at 12:13 am

Yes, it really is that narrow. The auditorium itself is on the back side of the block. It’s just east of the square. The former Fox Theatre (actually on the square, and now a church) in Springfield is the same way. The Fox theatre in Joplin, Mo is similar, with an enclosed “bridge” connecting the lobby on Main street to the auditorium on the other side of an alley.

RickB
RickB on September 29, 2004 at 11:57 am

Is that a really narrow front entrance for an 1100-seat theater, or does the photo just make it look that way?