Plaza Theatre

300 N. Market Street,
Marion, IL 62959

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on May 11, 2013 at 1:48 pm

Williamson County, Illinois, Sesquicentennial History, edited by Stan J. Hale, says that the Plaza Theatre was originally a silent era movie house called the Family Theatre.

The Family Theatre was in operation by 1914, when the June 20 issue of The American Contractor ran this item about a remodeling job:

“Marion, O.—Motion Picture Theater (rem.): 2 sty. Archt. J. J. Sloan, 120 Jefferson St. Owner Family Theater, Hanley & Van Aspeck. Working drawings in progress.”
The Family Theatre was open only two nights a week when it was damaged by a fire in 1926. In 1928, Sunday services of a church burned in another fire were held at the Family Theatre for several months. I don’t know of the Family was closed for any length of time before being reborn as the Plaza, but I haven’t found any mention of it dating from later than 1928.