Nameoki Twin

30 Nameoki Village Circle,
Granite City, IL 62040

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Located in Granite City’s main shopping plaza but a stand-alone structure, this theater, contemporary in design, opened about 1975 and was twinned just a few years later. It closed in 2004. A tavern occupies half of the structure; the other half was recently occupied by a rent-to-own store, but is currently vacant.

Contributed by Christopher Walczak

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kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on March 21, 2009 at 7:18 pm

This article mentions the Nameoki but also discusses a new theater coming to Granite City:
http://tinyurl.com/c85ygg

CSWalczak
CSWalczak on June 26, 2009 at 8:36 am

This may be the same article (the above link no longer works):
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The article is incorrect in stating that the building was demolished; it is still there, across a parking lot from the mentioned supermarket.

RetroMike
RetroMike on May 31, 2010 at 5:33 pm

Christopher Walczak has his information wrong. The Nameoki Cinema opened as a “Twin Cinema” on Friday July 27th, 1973. The opening program was “Pat Garrett & Billy the Kid” and “Class of ‘44”. When the Cinema opened up there were plans to expand it to four screens the following year but this never happened. The cinema was under the management of the Mid-America Theatres chain. When the theatre closed for the final time it was demolished for the sake of a new shopping strip mall. There is a bar/tavern close by and there is a Rent-to-own business in another building that sat behind the theatre. However for the sake of history let it be known that this building was born a cinema and it died a cinema and never housed anything else.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on May 31, 2010 at 5:37 pm

Thanks retromike,I think that is the way it outta be.

RetroMike
RetroMike on July 27, 2010 at 9:43 pm

The new building that was constructed upon the demolition of the Nameoki Twin Cinema was an Applebee’s restaurant.

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