Esquire Theater

1324 S. MacArthur Boulevard,
Springfield, IL 62704

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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.

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.

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.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on December 20, 2006 at 6:33 am

The Esquire Theater actually closed September 25, 2003. This is from a Kerasotes Theatres press release.

“Kerasotes ShowPlace Theatres, LLC announces the Grand Opening of the ShowPlace West 12 in Springfield, Illinois on Friday, September 26. ShowPlace West 12 is located just off Wabash Avenue, one mile West of Veterans Parkway. The theatre will offer a full slate of the latest first-run films and features stadium seating and digital sound in every auditorium.

The ShowPlace theatre located in the Capital City Shopping Center will be renamed ShowPlace East 8 beginning Friday, September 26, 2003. The Showplace East 8 and Parkway Pointe will continue to run first-run full price films, and the White Oaks Cinema will begin offering discounted second-run films on Friday, September 26. The Esquire Theatre‘s last day of operation will be Thursday, September 25. Parkway Pointe Theatre will be the new home for the ongoing art, alternative and specialized film series".

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.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on December 19, 2006 at 3:11 pm

Here is a 1949 and a 2006 photo of the Esquire Theater.