Lory Theater

810 Main Street,
Highland, IL 62249

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Lory Theater

Opened in the early-1900’s as the Columbus Opera House, it was owned by Henry Lory.

It was re-named Lory Theater in 1938 and had 650 seats. It was twinned in the 1980’s and was renamed Lory Cinema. In recent years has has new seats installed which has reduced the seating capacity and it reverted back to its Lory Theater name.

The Lory Theater was closed on July 28, 2011. It was reopened on December 26, 2012.

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kencmcintyre on March 10, 2010 at 1:37 pm

Here is a photo from a 1956 high school yearbook:

JAlex on June 12, 2010 at 4:09 pm

AMC took over operation from Kerasotes in June 2010.

dschmeink on March 10, 2011 at 12:18 pm

Nice to see an old-style, small town theatre like this making it!!

bodkin6071 on April 9, 2011 at 9:15 pm

Site with some shots of the upstairs/downstairs projection booths:
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JAlex on August 3, 2011 at 9:36 am

AMC’s last night of operation was July 28, 2011.

kschneiderstl on September 25, 2012 at 5:57 pm

Undergoing renovations. News and photos on facebook. http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=443195855721534&set=a.443195252388261.92485.333573660017088&type=1&theater

bkuhl on December 30, 2012 at 6:46 am

Re-opened December 26, 2012. Can’t wait to go!

apassmore on April 14, 2013 at 6:51 am

The new owners of this new place have worked so hard to make this a great theater! They are desperately needing a digital projector for the 2nd floor or they may not make it through the summer! It would be tragic to lose this historic cinema treasure! Check out what they’ve done and get info on their fundraiser at www.thelorytheater.com. A Facebook page to help save The Lory has been created also https://www.facebook.com/groups/154853571347953/?fref=ts

sconn on October 19, 2016 at 7:55 am

My ex worked there; heard all the little stories of intrigue among the staff. Big deal when it was saved in 2012 (saw Oz the Great and Powerful there for a special family screening. Good times).

dallasmovietheaters on March 28, 2020 at 6:56 am

When it converted to two screens, it was also known as the Lory Cinema. Under the present operators, it reverted to the Lory Theatre.

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