Esquire Theater

1324 S. MacArthur Boulevard,
Springfield, IL 62704

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Esquire Theater

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The Esquire Theater was last operated by Kerasotes Theatres until its closure in 2004. It was previously part of the Frisina Amusement Co. chain for many years.

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kencmcintyre on December 19, 2006 at 4:01 pm



The elm on South State Street
When Dutch elm disease swept the country soon after World War II, city crews removed more than 5,000 of Springfield’s elm trees in a week. Only a handful survived. The grandest one by far dominates the back yard of a home in the 1400 block of South State Street. City arborist Mike Dirksen estimates the 90-year-old landmark at 100 feet high with a spread of 125 feet across three city lots. The best place to admire it from is the parking lot of the former Esquire Theater. This brings to mind another close call for the tree: In the late 1980s, the Esquire’s owners tried to buy the 1400 block of South State to expand the theater’s parking lot. We miss the theater, but not that idea.

Meredith Rhule
Meredith Rhule on December 19, 2008 at 2:15 am

When I worked here in 74 it was a “tri-plex.” Those were big names in those days.

jackjs2swartz on June 1, 2011 at 7:06 pm

I amsorry to hear of the demise of the esquire.I was the mgr of this fine theatre for 2 years from'75-‘77. there were a lot of fine shows exhibted during that time,but oddly my favorite is “Monty Python and The Holy Grail.

jackjs2swartz on June 3, 2011 at 4:12 pm

I almost forgot,even ‘though I mentioned monty python,we also were showing about the same time One flew over the cookoos nestand did a sneak preview for the omen.

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