Senate Theatre

304 Broadway Street,
Elsberry, MO 63343

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Senate Theatre

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The Senate Theatre first opened in 1911. Over the years it suffered several fires, and was rebuilt. It was still open in the 1950’s. After a long period of closure, it was restored in 2003 and reopened as a first run movie theatre.

The Senate Theatre was closed on January 6, 2010, due to a fire in adjacent buildings. After renovations it was reopened in May 2011, and is now equipped with digital 3D projection.

Contributed by Ken McIntyre

Recent comments (view all 7 comments)

CSWalczak on January 19, 2011 at 6:54 am

The community is coming together to show support for the restoration of the theater: View link

Simon Overton
Simon Overton on January 23, 2011 at 9:24 pm

If the fire that caused the damage was of NO FAULT of the theater, then surely (and don’t call me Shirley) the insurance coverage is the responsibility of the owner of the building next door?

Perhaps the theater owner should investigate an insurance clause called “PROXIMATE CAUSE.” Good luck folks and don’t give up!

bbrown1 on July 2, 2011 at 2:32 am

I’m happy to report that the Senate Theatre re-opened on May 20, 2011.

CSWalczak on November 25, 2012 at 5:47 am

The Senate has converted to digital projection: View article

bbrown1 on November 27, 2012 at 2:59 am

Great to see a small theatre make the digital conversion!

rastlin45 on May 29, 2015 at 12:19 am

this theatre was open in 1911 somone has not done their home work i know because i own the place with my is 104yrs young. it was brought by senator long in the 50s but has been here for burned in 1912,1925,1950,1956,and 2010.after each fire the old girl was rebult.and we love her still.she is one of the hidden the world she says to all come in and let me comfort you for a hour or two. and dream a dream and belive in magic.and forget your trouble for a little while

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