Le Claire Theatre

1819 5th Avenue,
Moline, IL 61265

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Leclaire Theater

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The Le Claire was another large downtown house. It was opened by A.H. Banks Theatres in the 20’s with seating for 1621. It remained in the Publix Chain until the mid 40’s when it switched ownership. The theatre closed in the early 50’s and has since been demolished.

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Lost Memory
Lost Memory on March 27, 2006 at 4:45 am

I found something kind of odd on the theater organ list. It shows a Wurlitzer organ being installed in a LeClaire theater aka (Illini theater) on 8/11/1922. Normally, when multiple names are listed, the main theater name given is the name of the theater at the time of the organ installation. In this case it would be LeClaire theater. The additional names are usually the names that the theater was known as at a later date. Could the LeClaire theater been renamed the Illini theater at some point?

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on March 27, 2006 at 5:19 am

I don’t know what to make of this one Chuck. Maybe the LeClaire became the Illini, the other Illini opened and the name reverted back to LeClaire. We would probably need some FDYbooks to help solve this mystery.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on November 29, 2006 at 6:49 am

Here is a 1940’s promo for the Le Claire Theater.

lincman
lincman on September 2, 2007 at 10:27 am

the Leclaire theater was next door to the Leclaire Hotel(Now a senior residential housing)..and the Illini Theater was further down 5th ave. and later became a Drug Store…when Downtown Moline was busy before everything went to outlying Malls..I used to go to them when I was a Kid in 1940s-50s…..also used to be a Small Theater called the Paradise which lasted until the 1970s…owned by the Brotman Brothers who owned a few other small Theaters in the Quad Cities…

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on November 7, 2009 at 4:44 pm

Here is an early 1930s ad for a Cary Grant film:
http://tinyurl.com/ylk88l5

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