Dixon Theatre

114 S. Galena Street,
Dixon, IL 61021

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on August 1, 2014 at 3:23 am

The March 21, 1921, issue of Exhibitors Herald said that plans for the proposed Dixon Theatre in Dixon, Illinois, had been completed by Chicago architectural firm N. S. Spencer & Son.

An article in the December 9, 1966, issue of the Dixon Evening Telegraph says that William J. McAlpine was the contractor who built the courthouse, the old post office, the Dixon National Bank building and the City National Bank building as well as the Dixon Theatre. Almost all the references to McAlpine I’ve found call him a builder or contractor, not an architect. Those that call him an architect all appear to be citing the Dixon Theatre’s web site.

Dixon’s William J. McAlpine is not to be confused with William Jarvis McAlpine, a noted 19th century civil engineer.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on March 24, 2011 at 11:45 am

Really gotts look for that marquee.thanks guys for the stories and pictures.

TLSLOEWS on March 21, 2011 at 3:28 pm

Thanks for the photos jwballer.

wurlitzer60 on December 2, 2009 at 5:40 pm

This theatre now has a 3/12 Barton theatre organ installed

kencmcintyre on September 22, 2008 at 9:49 pm

Here is an August 1951 ad from the Dixon Evening Telegraph:

chrishage on July 23, 2007 at 2:33 pm

They have replaced the marquee since the photo above was taken and it looks great. They were re-upholstering the seats as they could afford them and that project may be finished by now. I will try to get a current picture of the front and interior.

hhvsi on January 4, 2005 at 2:20 pm

I am interested in knowing when and how this theater was restored. Also, could you please advise me as to who headed up the the project? Thanks.