Earl Theater

319 E. Main Street,
Knoxville, IL 61448

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Earl Theater

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The Earl Theater on Main Street, near Hebard Street in Knoxville, is listed in the 1945 Film Daily Yearbook as open with seating for 315. Another theater, the Tivoli Theater with 175 seats, is also listed as operating at that time. Any further information would be appreciated.

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ABone on February 18, 2006 at 4:27 pm

Living first in Galesburg & then in Peoria in my early years, I passed thru Knoxville many times. The Earl was opened about 1942, at which time the Tivoli was closed. It was a very attractive art deco house from the outside (I was never in it), but regrettably closed probably by 1960 and has long-since been demolished.

scooter on July 21, 2011 at 11:28 pm

The Earl was a fine movie house located on Main Street in Knoxville where the Mobil convinience store is now located.The picture is correct as to its location. It sat on the south portion of the lot with the sidewalk in front.A lighted marquee sign facing east and west.Closed in early 80’s.

scooter on July 21, 2011 at 11:38 pm

The grassy area next to the tan building was an alley to the rear of the Earl. Used to be a diner. It is now a barber shop or similar venue.The theater was next to the alley and sat about 15 feet from Main street only the sidewalk seperated it from the road.To the right was an older home/ used car lot. A auto repair shop is located there now.

Luftmarque on December 13, 2015 at 5:54 am

I was the projectionist (part-time high school job) here from 1964 to 1969. Many fond memories of the place, with its crying room, couches, and local sport of seeing how far you could roll an empty coke bottle towards the screen. We had a policy of refunding the tickets and sending people home if there were not more than five in the house by the time the shorts and previews were over (not enough to cover costs). The owner Sumner Johnson was an interesting character.

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