Colonial Theatre

East Washington Street,
Marengo, IL 60152

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The Coloniial

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Opened as the Royal Theatre in the 1920’s. Sound was installed in 1932 and it was renamed Reo Theatre. It was re-named Colonial Theatre in 1940.

Closed in the 1980’s. Prior to its demolition, the Art Deco-style wall fixtures from its auditorium were salvaged and restored and today are in the main auditorium of the Art Deco Lake Theatre in Oak Park, IL.

Any additional information on the Colonial Theatre would be appreciated.

Contributed by Bryan Krefft

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Lost Memory
Lost Memory on February 26, 2006 at 8:54 am

The former Colonial Theater is now a parking lot. It is located next to the Marengo United Methodist Church. The address for the Church is 119 E. Washington St. Not sure if the theater address was higher or lower. Maybe someone at the Church knows more about this former theater. (Phone: 815 568-7162)

murmurer40 on January 31, 2007 at 3:04 pm

I grew up in Marengo and spent many hours in the Colonial run by Mr. Clark. Was very sad to see it go. It’s address would be a few numbers lower then the church as it was closer to downtown. I have pics of its demolition.

murmurer40 on January 31, 2007 at 3:05 pm

also have a pic of it before its destruction

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