Miner's Theatre

204 W. Main Street,
Collinsville, IL 62234

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Miner's Theatre

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Opened in 1918 as the Miner’s Institute, it became a second-run movie theatre in the 1960’s and closed in 1984. It was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1985.

Now re-opened as a live performance venue, in January 2011 it was closed for renovation.

Contributed by Bryan Krefft

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kencmcintyre on October 23, 2007 at 7:32 pm

From thetourismbureau.org:

Curtains' Up Theatre Company (Collinsville)
The Company performs at The Miner’s Theatre.
204 West Main Street | Collinsville, IL

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on October 23, 2007 at 7:42 pm

I don’t know if its still open, but the following comes from this website.


In December 1918, the doors opened to the Miners Institute, a cornerstone in downtown Collinsville. The building, which now houses a theatre, shops and other businesses, mirrored the city’s major industry when “coal was king.”

If we let our imaginations soar, we might just hear raised voices at the union meetings…catch glimpses of upcoming shows on the marquees… enjoy live minstrel shows by the Shriners… or view Paramount’s five-reel “Easy to Get.”

While ropes, pulleys and counterweights still line the stage of this theatre, built entirely by miner’s wages, the past is reflected in the glory of yesteryear’s Abbey, Hardscrabble and Lumaghi mines.

This historical architecture is highlighted in Collinsville’s Historical Walking Tour. Visit the Theatre at 204 West Main Street, Collinsville, or call (618) 344-0026.

kencmcintyre on October 23, 2007 at 7:47 pm

The theater company website shows productions in many different venues. It looks like the last show at Miners was in 2002, so they may not be using it as a venue now.

plasticfootball on March 13, 2008 at 11:01 am

I don’t know which production company (or companies) is involved, but I do occasionally see coming-events posters at the Miners.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on April 17, 2008 at 9:04 am

This is another photo of the Miner’s Theater.

dhowell on June 2, 2008 at 3:18 pm

it’s open! The new number is 618-344-0026 and it’s operating as a live venue.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on July 23, 2008 at 12:10 pm

Yes it is open. This is the website for the Historic Miner’s Institute.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on July 25, 2008 at 12:15 pm

Here is a July 2008 photo.

CSWalczak on January 30, 2011 at 12:39 am

This theater is currently closed and renovations are in progress; however, elements in the renovation plan may have to be scaled back as the costs are running ahead of the original estimates and available resources: View link

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