State Theatre

Schuyler and Fifth Streets,
Oquawka, IL 61499

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Lost Memory
Lost Memory on March 29, 2006 at 4:13 pm

The Oquawka history website mentions the following about the State theater:

“Crossing the alley was the old frame and stucco building that was always referred to as Kokus Hall. James Kokus at one time showed movies in this place, and later it was used as a basketball court to play school basketball games in. George and Gertie Thye operated the State Theatre here from 1949 to 1958. They sold the building to Kenneth Jern and he ran a Barber Shop in the front of the building. It was purchased by Evelyn Lindbald in 1977 and was torn down to make room for the expansion of her restaurant, the Village Hub. At the time of purchase, Evelyn was operating from an old frame building that had originally been run by several others before her”.

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