Old Red Barn Cinema

305 N. Hardroad,
Benld, IL 62009

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This twin theater located in Benld on North Hardroad and Park Avenue opened in 1994 in a building, as the name implies, designed to look like an old-fashioned barn.

Contributed by Bryan Krefft

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pianoman
pianoman on October 1, 2005 at 2:44 am

That is very strange! I wonder if there are any theaters shaped like a lighthouse? That would be cool.

longislandmovies
longislandmovies on March 8, 2007 at 4:12 pm

theater now closed and being sold as a banquet hall

Britarchivist
Britarchivist on June 28, 2007 at 5:17 pm

It is open again under AA Cinema.
Heres the link to the website
http://www.aacinema.com/Old%20Red%20Barn.htm

moody1785
moody1785 on February 5, 2008 at 10:40 am

The Old Red Barn Theater is in Mt.Clare Il. There was/is a theater in Benld but hasn’t been open in many years. I lived in Benld for several years as a youngster and still visit relatives in Benld. This area was coal mining country. When the coal mines closed the local economy tanked. The area hasn’t been the same since. 2 miles from the Old Red Barn is the town of Gillespie. Gillespie is where actor Howard Keel was born and raised.

TLSLOEWS
TLSLOEWS on July 2, 2010 at 2:33 pm

Too bad there are no photos.

rivest266
rivest266 on June 11, 2012 at 5:00 pm

TLSLOEWS, photo uploaded.

SethG
SethG on July 27, 2019 at 1:56 pm

There’s a lot of confusing/conflicting information here. There is a church in a cheap metal shed at 305 N Hardroad in Benld, and it does look a bit like a barn. Maybe it was a theater? Could have been a small chain.

SethG
SethG on July 27, 2019 at 1:58 pm

I think I see the problem. Mt. Clare Dr runs to the north of the parking lot, and is actually a much better way to enter than coming up Hardroad from the back. Must have gotten garbled in the listing.

Norman Plant
Norman Plant on July 27, 2019 at 4:24 pm

The theater/barn faces the town of Benld, but is actually in the town of Mt Clare. You could literally walk across the parking lot and street in front of it and be in Benld.

SethG
SethG on July 27, 2019 at 5:12 pm

Actually, it appears to face Mt. Clare, and the border runs down the middle of Hardroad, which is behind the theater, although the address is on Hardroad. For some reason, the church, and all the businesses on 138/4, even further into Mt. Clare, have Benld mailing addresses, while the main section of Mt. Clare has Gillespie addresses. Google also thinks the street behind the church, and IL 138/4 are both called Hardroad, although if you drop a marker on the larger road, it calls it Staunton Rd. The street behind the church is definitely hardroad, since you can see some street signs in streetview. We may be able to change this to Mt. Clare and still have the map work. On Google at least, searching for 305 finds the same place, no matter what town you select.

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