Star Theatre

Grove Avenue,
Elgin, IL 60120

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The Star Theatre was built as a vaudeville house in 1906 and later became one of Elgin’s first movie houses. The Star was located next door to the recently-demolished Crocker Theatre. The Star Theatre was torn down for a parking lot in 1956.

Contributed by Brendan

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BrendanM on December 3, 2006 at 12:17 am

Here is a picture of the Star Theatre, just south of the Crocker Theatre. I appologize for the bad picture quality

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Elginfan on April 15, 2007 at 1:32 am

The Star Theatre was constructed in the Greek Revival style.

Elginfan on May 15, 2007 at 7:31 pm

The Star Theatre was built using the Greek Revival style. The theater showed vaudville up until 1924 when the owner of the Crocker Theater (next door) bought the building and converted it to retail. The building was later torn down by the Joseph Spiess Department Store in 1956 for a parking lot.

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on May 15, 2007 at 8:02 pm

The Star Theatre closed in May 1929 with the Western movie “Singer Jum McKee starring Bill Hart. It was converted into a store and as mentioned above by ThatOneGuy was torn down in 1956.

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on May 15, 2007 at 8:04 pm

That movie was titled “Singer Jim McKee”. Sorry for the typo.

BrendanM on November 22, 2007 at 12:11 am

Later on in the Star’s history, a large balcony was added bringing the total seating capacity to 1,100.

BrendanM on January 21, 2008 at 1:26 am

This theater was originally called the Star Vaudeville Theater.

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